Fairfax VA Criminal Lawyer

  • 5 star review  Mr. Deane is a fantastic lawyer! In my experience he was highly knowledgeable (insight only an experienced attorney can have), extremely responsive, and a great communicator.

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    July 13, 2020
  • 5 star review  Just a fantastic lawyer. On short notice he dissected my case quickly and used his long experience to leverage a terrific outcome. I was raised by lawyers and have hired a number over the years. I can't imagine you finding anyone better.

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    March 12, 2020
  • 5 star review  David helped guide me on what to do, answer questions, allay concerns and negotiated well with the prosecutor. After the steps he advised me to take and his negotiations I was able to get a lesser charge (speeding ticket) than was ticketed by the officer. I was very pleased with the outcome. Highly recommend for any traffic infractions.

    thumb Frank M.
    March 4, 2020
  • 5 star review  I received a ticket for failure to pay full time and attention in Arlington (a misdemeanor) and Mr. Deane explained the entire process to me and informed me of what actions I should take. Mr. Deane attended my court date with me and negotiated with the prosecutor on my behalf. I had a favorable outcome due to David's representation and I would completely recommend him for any traffic infractions or misdemeanors you have, it's completely worth it!

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    February 10, 2020
  • 5 star review  Fast, efficient and most importantly gives results!

    thumb Logan Devia
    January 13, 2020
  • 5 star review  My family has an excellent experience with David. He represented my son who has a case in Arlington Circuit Court. He was knowledgeable and responsive and we followed his advice and he got the case dismissed. Thank you David.

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    December 21, 2019
  • 5 star review  Better result than I could have asked for on a traffic ticket. Highly recommended

    thumb Evan Gentis
    December 21, 2019
  • 5 star review  Great and quick service, I am very relieved that my problem was solved by David Dean and so happy that he helped me through the process, he made it easier and painless.

    thumb Mayela Gomez
    October 1, 2019
  • 5 star review  David Deane got me a great deal. I was charged with DWI and he got it reduced to a reckless driving and only a fine! No license suspension or ASAP. I would highly recommend David for and traffic or criminal case.

    thumb JEWEL SIKDER
    June 6, 2019
  • 5 star review  David helped me get my driving on suspended charge reduced to driving without a license and no jail! His representation was excellent and I highly recommend him for any traffic or criminal case.

    thumb Richard Kranich
    June 5, 2019

5 Star Arlington & Fairfax Criminal Attorney

Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Proven Fairfax VA Criminal Lawyer

Skilled Advocate Rated as One Of Northern Virginia’s Top Defense Lawyers

When you’re accused of criminal misconduct, how you handle your defense could affect the rest of your life. Northern Virginia jurisdictions each have their own procedures and local rules, so hiring an attorney familiar with those rules and regulations is critical to getting a good result. At David Deane Attorney at Law, PLLC in Arlington 22201, I have more than 20 years of experience litigating criminal matters as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. My unique background, which includes extensive trial work, gives me the ability to counter the tactics used by authorities in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic proceedings, giving my clients an advantage. Whether you’ve been accused of DUI, theft, assault, or some other offense, I will aggressively protect your rights and press for a favorable result.

Responsive Criminal Lawyer Serves Fairfax & Arlington Virginia

Allegations of criminal misconduct cannot be taken lightly and shouldn’t be placed in the hands of a novice. Throughout Northern Virginia, my firm is well known for its:

  • Strong recommendations — The people I’ve served and professional colleagues familiar with my practice have praised the work I’ve done. I have been rated one of Fairfax VA 22030 top criminal defense lawyers for several years running by both Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.
  • Trustworthy advice — As someone who has prosecuted a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases, I offer insights and find potential defenses that other attorneys miss. Whether your best option is a dismissal, an acquittal, or a fair plea agreement, I’ll give you an honest, informed assessment of your situation.
  • Personalized attention — Every person I represent is treated with respect and benefits from a strategy that is tailored to their circumstances and objectives. If you have a question or concern, you can count on receiving prompt, clear answers.

From start to finish, my firm makes every effort to relieve the burden on you and your family. That is why I offer free consultations, flexible payment options, and appointment hours that suit your needs.


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    In Alexandria, Falls Church and other area jurisdictions, my firm deliver exceptional counsel and service in legal matters pertaining to:

    • Criminal defense — For all types of criminal defense cases, including those alleging theft and drug offenses, my firm is a strong advocate in court and during plea negotiations.
    • DWI and traffic violations — If you’ve been cited for DWI or a traffic offense, I’ll thoroughly review the situation to avoid an unwarranted punishment such as a fine, license suspension or incarceration under Virginia law section § 18.2-266. read more
    • Expungements — My firm advises clients on the possible expungement of criminal and juvenile law records. Virginia law § 16.1-306 can be strict on who is eligible for this relief, so it’s important to understand the criteria before you begin.
    • Felonies and misdemeanors — I handle a complete range of felony and misdemeanor cases, including litigation where violence is alleged. Whether you’ve been charged with assault, domestic violence, a weapons crime or even homicide, my firm will work tirelessly to construct a formidable defense.
    • Federal criminal defense — In federal criminal defense matters, I have a detailed understanding of the substantive law and procedural rules that apply to these cases.

    Don’t surrender your rights without obtaining knowledgeable guidance from a qualified defense attorney. I will give you the best chance to overcome your problem and achieve a positive resolution.

    Some Criminal Charges We Handle

    The most serious cases have penalties that rise up to the death penalty, while in other cases, it can result in 1-2 year prison terms or life imprisonment. Felony cases may be categorized into classes or degrees, such as Capital Murder or Murder in the First Degree. Even before you have been arrested, it is possible to receive help with investigating your case and the criminal court process that follows, with guidance from a Fairfax Virginia criminal lawyer.

    • Misdemeanor Charges

      Misdemeanor Charges

      Misdemeanor charges can still result in large fines, a long jail sentence, or obtain a criminal record, even though they are less serious compared to felony charges. A criminal record can result in far-ranging serious effects for people, ranging from negatively impacting their eligibility to different employment opportunities, loans, and academic programs, to negatively affecting their personal relationships. For those who are faced with misdemeanor charges, community and restitution requirements are also possibilities. Just like with felony cases, the degree of punishment that is imposed will depend on which misdemeanor classification is involved. It varies depending on the seriousness of the specific crime. A few of the potential penalties include a jail sentence that does not exceed 12 months or a fine that does not exceed $2,500.

      Numerous advantages come with hiring a professional defense attorney to defend you against felony or misdemeanor charges. To avoid having to spend time in jail, an experienced attorney can develop a strong defense strategy that can result in you getting acquitted of the charges that you are faced with or your case being thrown out, or your lawyer can negotiate a plea agreement that is favorable for you. Your attorney will work hard to reduce the severity of your penalties if a conviction is highly likely. There is a wide range of misdemeanor charges, from underage drinking and disorderly conduct to stalking.

    • Assault Criminal Offenses

      Assault Crimes

      Using force or threatening can result in a victim being reasonably afraid ha they might be harmed or suffer offensive contact constitutes assault. The act may be filed as a civil offense and be referred to as either a criminal charge or tort. When hurtful or offensive contact accompanies assault, it is considered to be assault and battery.

      Punishment for assault is defined under the Code of Virginia in Title 18.2, Chapter 4, Section 18.2-57. From assaulting an officer, an educator, or a health care provider to straightforward assault and assault and battery cases, the Code breaks down the punishment into different categories. Possible assault conviction penalties include jail time not to exceed 12 months or a fine that does not exceed $2,500. Domestic violence is an act that is classified as assault-related.

    • Reckless Driving Charges

      Reckless Driving Charges

      If you are caught driving faster than the road conditions or weather allow or just diving at an extremely high speed on roads in Virginia, you might be faced with a reckless driving charge. This type of charge can result from an officer considering your driving to be wanton, willful disregard for other drivers on the road. Reckless driving carries a more severe punishment than traffic violations like speeding tickets. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor and a criminal offense in Fairfax Virginia. This type of criminal conviction carries a $2,500 maximum fine and a maximum 1-year jail term.

      Defendants from other areas of the country might not be aware of how serious reckless driving charges are. Although the jury or court might impose lesser punishment, any person who has convicted on a reckless driving charged and committed this crime when their driving license is suspended or revoked, and the crime caused a fatality; the individual will be faced with a Class 6 felony as an involuntary manslaughter charge – with a 1-5 year maximum prison sentence.

    • Criminal Gun Charges

      Criminal Gun Charges 

      The right to bear arms is protected under the US constitution. However, whenever a gun owner is deemed to have violated the basic principles of owning firearms, the right can easily be taken away.  

      Some gun offenses that the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes include carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, a convicted felon possessing a firearm, and a felony committed with a gun. If you fail to register your firearm as a gun owner, you run the risk of having gun charges brought against you as well as the severe penalties that can result from these charges. The Code of Virginia covers Gun-related charges in Chapter 7 Title 18.2 Section 18.2-279 to 18.2-311.  

      Other acts associated with gun offenses include:

      Brandishing a firearm in public.

      • Carrying a firearm into a prohibited space like a courthouse or school.
      • Intentionally discharging a firearm in public.

      In addition to fines that amount to thousands of dollars, misdemeanor or felony gun crime-associated convictions can result in potentially spending many months in jail or even a longer prison sentence of more than one year. To get these penalties reduced, you need assistance from a Virginia criminal lawyer. 

      Occasionally, even the most responsible firearm owners may find themselves faced criminal charges due to simple mistakes. An experienced criminal attorney can help argue your case and be very helpful in these types of circumstances.  

    • Sex Crimes Charges

      Sex Crime Charges

      A sex crime involves a sex act performed with an individual without their consent or a person who is unable to give consent, like an individual with a disability. From sodomy and rape to sexual battery, a range of sex crimes are recognized by Virginia law. Also, sex crimes are abhorred by the public. Therefore, severe penalties with long-term effects are associated with such convictions. When faced with sex crimes charges, it is essential to have help from an experienced Virginia criminal attorney since the charges usually involve long jail sentences and large fines. For many who have been found guilty of a sex crime, the state also requires them to comply with Virginia’s registry for sex offenders.

      Being registered in the sex offender registry might also be required on sex offenses not involving any physical contact type, such as taking photographs of another individual illegally – under Section 18.2-386.1. The Commonwealth has two major sex crime categories: sexual offenses and sexually violent offenses carrying greater punishments.

      Across the state of Virginia, prostitution, solicitation, and other morality crimes that are closely related, although not technically considered to be sex crimes, are strongly prosecuted, rather than being classified as misdemeanors. These types of crimes are covered by Crimes Involving Decency in the Code of Virginia (Chapter 8, Title 18.2). Convictions for what are referred to as prostitution or “commercial sexual conduct” carry a jail sentence that cannot exceed one year or a fine not to exceed $2,500.

      Solicitation (which is defined as offering to pay money in exchange for sexual favors) carries the same penalties/punishments as prostitution and is a Class 1 misdemeanor. There is an exception made if a minor is involved in the solicitation. Depending on the minor’s age, penalties can include a 1-10 year prison sentence and/or a $2,500 fine.

    • Theft Crimes

      Theft Crimes

      There are three main theft charge categories in Virginia: larceny, robbery, and burglary. Robbery charges involve stealing something valuable either forcibly or violently, while larceny does not involve any force or violence. Burglary involves a crime with several criminal acts committed at the same time, like attempted theft or theft, along with the intent to commit an additional crime.

      There are several different Larceny classes, including petit larceny, grand larceny, conspiring to commit larceny, and larceny with the intent to distribute. Although a jail sentence is not included with every conviction, a court intervention might impose a lesser penalty/punishment. A 1 to 20-year jail sentence comes with a grand larceny conviction. A jail sentence to not exceed one year and/or a fine that does not exceed $2,500 may be imposed on a petit larceny conviction. Robbery is classified as a serious felony due to its violent nature. A conviction will likely include a long jail sentence, which can range from 5 years up to life imprisonment.

      Good examples of other types of serious theft-related crimes are credit card, check, and federal fraud.

    • Drug Crimes

      Drug Crimes

      Virginia recognizes many different criminal offenses related to drug crimes, including distributing, manufacturing, and possessing illegal narcotics. Although drug crimes do not have flexible punishments, and type and amount of drugs involved play a major role in determining each case’s details. To make it even worse, getting a drug offense put on your record will result in long-term negative effects. Gun owners run the risk of being imprisoned along with getting hit with big fines since some of these charges have mandatory prison sentences associated with them.

      The applicable laws in Virginia also consider different drug classifications – as set out by the different controlled substances schedules – and the type and amount of drugs involved with every case. There is more information on the US Department of Justice website on controlled substances schedules. Under Virginia’s laws, cannabis (marijuana) has its own distinct, separate controlled substance category, although it is a Schedule I controlled substance.

    • DUI and DWI

      Virginia DUI And Criminal Defense Lawyer

      It’s strongly recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced Virginia criminal attorney if you are faced with a misdemeanor or felony charge in the Virginia Commonwealth. Along with explaining the possible punishment that you are faced with, a Virginia criminal lawyer can also guide you through the investigation and criminal court proceedings.

      Your future can be seriously affected when you have a criminal record, from seriously damaging your personal and professional associations to impacting your security access/clearance to limiting your eligibility for some employment and academic opportunities or financial assistance programs or even place your reputation into doubt in a custody case. The best opportunity that you have to protect your rights and avoid a jail sentence is to hire an experienced Leesburg, Virginia criminal defense attorney who has a thorough and deep understanding of criminal and DUI offenses. Give us a call today to learn more about how we will approach your case.