Virginia Beach Criminal Law Firm
Garrett Law Group, PLC900 Commonwealth Place
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONGarrett Law Group, PLC is a criminal defense law firm based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The attorney that represents your criminal defense case will play a significant role in helping to shape your future.
As a strong advocate for clients, Garrett Law Group, PLC has a proud reputation among former clients and within the Virginia Beach legal community for providing effective advice, reliable representation and a commitment to service for his clients. Our lawyers believes that the key to any case comes from thorough preparation, whether we are protecting your right, providing DUI defense to save your driving privileges or preserving your freedom in a criminal assault case. You expect your attorney to walk into the courtroom or a negotiation with opposing counsel having done the work necessary to pursue the best outcome.
Our Virginia Beach law office cares about your future. Your lawyer will work closely with you throughout your case to keep you involved, informed and protected. Your rights and your future; they all matter to your attorney. The lawyers at Garrett Law Group, PLC handle a wide range of cases for clients in the areas criminal law, putting proven strategies and a commitment to excellent service behind everyone we represent. If you need strong guidance and dependable counsel and/or an aggressive attorney that can fight for you, we are ready to serve clients throughout Eastern Virginia.
Year this Office was Established: 2006
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Drug Possession; Prescription Forgery; Narcotics Trafficking; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Cocaine; Kidnapping; Armed Robbery; Larceny; Petit Larceny; Grand Larceny; Concealment; Breaking and Entering; Aggravated Burglary; Home Invasion; Carjacking; Car Theft; Vehicular Assault; Vehicular Homicide; Aggravated Assault; Sexual Assault; Bank Fraud; Bond Hearing; Bail Hearing; Gun Charges; Hit-and-Run; Criminal & DUI Defense for Military Personnel; Driving on a Suspended License; Reckless Driving; Child Molestation; Enticement; Statutory Rape; Speeding; Suspended License and Restoration; Underage Alcohol Possession; Bad Checks; Out of State Help; ; Conspiracy; Drug Sales; Drug Manufacturing.
Areas of Law Description
- Drug Possession
The Commonwealth of Virginia aggressively prosecutes drug dealers and drug users. If you have been arrested for possession or sale of narcotics or a controlled substance (PWID), you face the possibility of serious penalties. Repeat offenders, and even some first time offenders, are looking at the possibility of a significant jail or prison sentence if they are convicted of a drug crime.
The charge of abduction or kidnapping covers a wide range of acts. A clear-cut kidnapping for ransom is obviously an abduction. An abduction charge may also result from an act as simple as two young lovers running off together, or a dispute between a custodial parent and a non-custodial parent. Often, prosecutors tack an abduction charge on to that for a sex crime, armed robbery, or other offense.
In Virginia, the charge of petit larceny involves the alleged theft of goods or merchandise valued at $200 or less. Grand larceny is the theft of goods valued at more than $200. The law is very specific, and conviction on a larceny charge requires the prosecutor to demonstrate specific elements involving ownership, intent, value, relocation, and others.
The crime of burglary is a felony and requires a prosecutor to demonstrate very specifically that the accused intended to commit larceny or some other crime. Simple breaking and entering on the other hand carries possible lesser penalties. Successful defense of these criminal charges requires a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the law, knows how to uncover facts, and how to present persuasive arguments at trial.
Robbery is a crime involving theft by force, intimidation, or threat of force. As such it is far different in nature than larceny or shoplifting. The use of a gun or other weapon during the act constitutes armed robbery, and can add three to five years on to the sentence received. Prosecuting attorneys in Virginia aggressively pursue robbery charges, especially armed robbery charges. Representation by a strong and effective robbery defense lawyer is essential.
- Credit Card Fraud
Identity theft charges can range from relatively minor misdemeanors to serious felony charges. If you have been accused of fraudulently misrepresenting your identity or related theft crimes associated with credit card, check or bank fraud, you need an criminal defense attorney on your side with the skills and experience to handle these cases.
The term “assault” covers a wide range of offenses. Behavior commonly considered horseplay or disorderly conduct can be viewed by a police officer as a assault. In Virginia, any citizen can go before a magistrate and cause an arrest warrant to be issued for assault and battery solely on the basis of their testimony, without the involvement of a prosecutor or any other supporting evidence. As a result, even in a seemingly straight-forward case there may be legal and factual issues that can provide the basis for a successful trial defense.
An arrest for DUI in Virginia is a serious matter. For a first-time arrest, you face the automatic suspension of your driver’s license for seven days. If you are convicted of DUI, you face the possibility of a hefty fine, increased insurance premiums, and even jail time. If you have been previously convicted, the potential penalties increase significantly. You need a knowledgeable Virginia Beach DUI attorney who can protect your rights and minimize the consequences of the charge.
- Credit Card Fraud
Identity theft charges can range from relatively minor misdemeanors to serious felony charges. If you have been accused of fraudulently misrepresenting your identity or related theft crimes associated with credit card, check or bank fraud, you need a criminal defense attorney on your side with the skills and experience to handle these cases. At the law office of Garrett Law Group PLC, our criminal lawyers provide representation for clients facing white collar and identity theft charges in state and federal court.
- Bond Hearing and Bail Hearing
Learning that a family member or other loved one has been arrested and taken into police custody is almost always an utter shock. In other situations, individuals and families are faced with tough decisions involving an arrest warrant and want to know their rights regarding potential release from jail.
- Domestic Assault & Battery
A conviction for domestic violence has very serious consequences. Even if you avoid a jail sentence, the conviction may damage your career prospects. You may lose your security clearance; you may lose your right to own a firearm. If it is at all possible, you should try to avoid a domestic assault conviction. The Virginia Beach domestic violence defense attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC are experienced defenders of people accused of domestic violence and other misdemeanor and felony charges.
- Weapons Violation
The illegal possession or use of a weapon can be a significant criminal charge, and if used in conjunction with another crime can result in mandatory prison time. Even lawfully owned guns can enhance the seriousness of minor infractions. In the blink of an eye a minor speeding violation can become a serious gun charge.
If you left the scene of a car accident that may have injured someone, the time to consult a proven, resourceful criminal defense lawyer is right now — whether or not the police have contacted you. Virginia laws covering hit-and-run, injury-causing accidents and various traffic crimes are complex, and there is no substitute for confidential counsel from a veteran criminal defense attorney.
- Criminal & DUI Defense for Military Personnel
At Garrett Law Group, PLC, we understand the military and how a criminal charge can have adverse effects on your career. I spent spent 8 years in the military on active duty in the U.S. Army so I know from experience how simple misdemeanor offenses, which may result in a minor fine and be a minor inconvenience to a civilian….can have drastic consequences on good and honorable soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.
- Homicide and Manslaughter
If you or a family member has been arrested or come under investigation for a serious violent felony such as murder or manslaughter, you need counsel from a lawyer who cannot be intimidated. Our Virginia Beach legal team has the knowledge, determination and resources to handle all aspects of this major challenge.
- Probation Violation
When you are accused of violating the terms of your probation, you may be facing a wide range of consequences including the reinstatement of suspended jail time. At the Virginia Beach law office of Garrett Law Group, PLC we understand your need for effective criminal defense representation designed to reduce or prevent incarceration.
- Traffic Violation
Virginia law elevates some highway and traffic violations, such as reckless driving, to a criminal charge, which can carry more serious penalties and longer-lasting consequences. As a criminal offense, a reckless driving charge can be more than a minor inconvenience and carry penalties including significant fines, lost driving privileges and, in more serious cases, even jail time.
- Sexual Assault
Rape and other sexual assault charges are among the most serious matters in criminal law. As a successful and experienced criminal defense firm, Garrett Law Group, PLC has represented numerous clients accused of rape and other sexual misdemeanors and felonies. Our criminal defense attorneys’ successes have not always come easy. But challenging rape and sexual assault cases motivate us to provide the strongest defense possible. Our goal is to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
Not every speeding ticket is necessarily something that has to be fought, but there are times when it works to your advantage to take your case in front of a judge. Whether you want to reduce charges when a speeding ticket approaches a more serious reckless driving charge, or if you are a commercial truck driver that needs to preserve a clean record, our traffic defense lawyers can fight for you.
- Suspended License and Restoration
If you have had your driver’s license suspended you understand how isolated and disconnected that lack of freedom can make you feel. We are a mobility-focused society, and whether you need to get to work, school or the store, the sudden loss of driving privileges because of a suspended license can take a serious toll. At the law office of Garrett Law Group, PLC in Virginia Beach, we serve clients throughout Eastern Virginia in suspended license cases with the goal of finding the solutions you need to fit your life. Our lawyers will help you get back on the road and get back your freedom.
- Underage Alcohol Possession
Eastern Virginia is a center of activity for people of all ages. Hampton Roads is a vacation destination, a home for the United State Military and home to several colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, with so many young people populating colleges, beaches and bases, we also see a lot of relatively minor violations such as underage drinking. At the Virginia Beach law office of Garrett Law Group, PLC, our criminal defense attorneys can help you or someone you know minimize the fines, penalties and potential consequences of an underage possession of alcohol charge. With an experienced and reliable criminal lawyer on your side, you can avoid letting a weekend run-in with the law affect your future.
The legal system in Virginia is not perfect. Unjust convictions occur, and lawyers and judges alike are human beings who sometimes make mistakes. If a crucial error occurred in your case or that of a family member — often involving a judicial ruling on a key motion, handling of evidence, a misguided jury verdict or certain other aspects of trial procedure — you may decide to exercise your right of appeal.
- White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are associated with issues of fraud and misrepresentation. As our electronic culture and information society become ever greater, these kinds of crimes become more common and more serious. Our criminal attorneys understand how to aggressively pursue your rights and provide reliable defense at all levels, from misdemeanors to federal felonies.
- Out Of State Help
As a tourist destination and a major thoroughfare along the Eastern Seaboard, the Virginia Beach area sees a wide range of traffic and visitors. Inevitably, whether in a traffic stop or a minor criminal infraction, a number of visitors to the area will have some kind of run-in with law enforcement.
- Domestic Violence
Domestic violence issues and the consequences of protective orders affect military members as well as civilians. Protective orders based on domestic violence charges are, however, addressed differently in the military and civilian courts. The consequences of a domestic violence protective order issued against a member of the military can have professional repercussions, including the loss of a commission and dismissal from the armed forces.
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