Providing Aggressive Representation For Felony And Misdemeanor Offenses

Being accused of a crime can throw your life in turmoil, potentially threatening your career, your family and even your freedom. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, having an effective defense will be crucial to fighting the charges and obtaining a favorable resolution.

In Fairfax, our defense attorneys at MacDowell Law Group, P.C., have decades of experience advocating for the accused and aggressively protecting their rights. Empowered with the insight and experience of a former prosecutor, our lawyers understand how prosecutors think and how to challenge their allegations at every phase of a case.

Felony Defense

Often associated with prison time and other harsh penalties, felony criminal charges are the most serious level of charges that the state of Virginia can file against someone. Our legal team is skilled at defending people against various types of felony charges, including:

  • Felony assault — Unlawful wounding and malicious wounding are commonly charged felonies when there is a serious injury. Hate crimes, as well as assaults against 'protected' employees (like law enforcement officers, for instance), can result in felony assault charges.
  • Weapons charges — These charges can cover various offenses, ranging from concealed weapon, brandishing a firearm, to possession of a firearm by a felon. In some cases, a prior conviction for a misdemeanor weapons offense can result in felony charges being filed for a subsequent offense.
  • Homicide — As one of the most serious felony offenses, homicide can include manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and murder charges. The severity of the felony charges filed, however, will depend on the circumstances of the alleged homicide, with premeditation and heat of passion being among the key determining factors.
  • Kidnapping — Classified as a violent crime, kidnapping (or abduction) charges can be filed as Class 6 to Class 2 felonies, depending on the age of the alleged victim and the alleged reason for the abduction. For instance, while kidnapping a minor under 16 for the purposes of prostitution can be a Class 2 felony, a parent charged with kidnapping his or her child can be charged with a Class 6 felony if state lines are crossed.
  • Child abuse — Usually filed as Class 4 felonies, child abuse and child neglect charges can be filed when a child has allegedly been neglected, harmed or injured by a parent, guardian or another caretaker.
  • Property charges — Felony criminal charges for property crimes can be filed for various offenses, including (but not limited to) motor vehicle theft, simple and aggravated robbery, burglary, theft and arson. Whether a weapon was used in the commission of the crime, as well as the amount of valuables stolen, can impact the level of the felony charge(s) filed. Destruction of property (vandalism) is a felony when the damaged property is $1,000 or higher.
  • White collar crimes — Identity theft, fraud, computer crimes and embezzlement are all types of white collar crimes that can carry felony-level charges and penalties.
  • Fraud and theft crimes Also known as "crimes of moral turpitude," felony-level offenses include forgery, uttering, credit card theft, credit card fraud and credit card forgery, as well as false pretenses, bad check and larceny (when the value of the property or money at issue is $500 or more).

Our lawyers are also experienced at handling felony and misdemeanor cases involving:

  • Juvenile defendants charged with DUI, reckless driving or other offenses.
  • Probation violations that include failing to pay required fines, failed drug or alcohol tests or failure to complete required counseling.
  • Sex offenses such as indecent exposure, sexual abuse or other charges
  • Appeals (following a wrongful conviction).
  • Expungement petitions that seek a court order to seal certain police and court records, filed after a criminal case is finalized. However, Virginia law limits the circumstances under which you may file for expungement. For example, you cannot expunge a conviction or first-offender program (for which there was a stipulation of guilt), absent a pardon from the governor. Before you go to court on your misdemeanor or felony charge, first consult with the lawyers at MacDowell Law Group, P.C., so that you can be eligible to file for expungement afterward.

Misdemeanor Defense

Not as severe as felony charges, misdemeanor criminal charges can still come with some serious penalties, like jail time, active probation, higher fines and lasting criminal records. Our Fairfax defense lawyers are seasoned at defending people against various types of misdemeanor charges, including (but not limited to) those involving:

  • Assault that can involve threats and/or physical contact.
  • Harassment that can include verbal intimidation, as well as threats made via email or text.
  • DUIs, DWIs and underage drunk driving that can involve driving while allegedly impaired by alcohol or drugs (including over-the-counter or prescription drugs).
  • Larceny and shoplifting, for which the value of property determines a misdemeanor or felony charge.
  • Trespass, whether based on a posted sign or a prior order to not go onto property. Other property crime misdemeanors include unlawful entry and destruction of property.
  • Disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice that are sometimes charged when there is disagreement or argument with the officer.
  • Computer crimes include computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy and some types of computer fraud and theft of computer services.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges generally come into play when acts of violence — or the threats of such violence — are allegedly committed against a family member or someone else who lives in the same household (as the accused individual).

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Stalking
  • Protective orders
  • Sexual assault

Drug Crimes Defense

Drug offenses can cost you your job, as well as future employment opportunities. If you are facing drug charges, our team can provide you with the vigorous defense you require. If the evidence is overwhelming, there may still be legal options to help you through your criminal drug case, such as a first-offender program for dismissal, the defense of "accommodation" and alternatives to incarceration such as substance abuse counseling and/or treatment. Our attorneys are effective at fighting misdemeanor and felony charges related to:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug distribution
  • Marijuana crimes
  • PWID (possession with intent to distribute)
  • Paraphernalia
  • Prescription fraud

Don't Face Criminal Charges Alone. Contact Us Today.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony offense, call 571-748-5647 or email our firm via our contact form to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our consultations are FREE, private and confidential, even if you decide to not hire us.

Our lawyers are ready to advise you about your options for fighting the charges and to work relentlessly to bring your case to the best possible resolution. We are qualified to practice in all levels of the Virginia criminal court system. Our attorneys have a combined 70-plus years of experience in providing exceptional defense representation to people throughout Northern Virginia.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. We welcome your calls, letters and emails, and look forward to a meaningful, back and forth exchange during which our lawyers can discuss all relevant information about your situation. However, simply contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.