Frequently Asked Questions
Answers From Our Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney
At Del Rio Law, PLLC, our Richmond criminal defense attorney knows that when you are facing a criminal matter, it is important that you go into any decisions with your eyes open. These means that you must arm yourself with the knowledge to defend your rights, in even the most complicated matters.
When you have questions, turn to Richmond criminal defense attorney Abraham Del Rio. His experience benefits all of our clients, and we can help you answer any questions you may have. For a personalized, free 30-minute phone case consultation, call 804-352-0227.
What should I do after I’ve been arrested?
It is important that you do not incriminate yourself, which means having an attorney present for any questioning. Remember that you have the right to remain silent as anything you say can be used against you in court by the prosecution. Do not resist arrest, however, and be courteous to police as any misbehavior can also hurt your chances for a more favorable outcome.
What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
The severity of the crime dictates the amount of punishment you may receive. Felonies are more serious and include certain violent crimes, drug crimes and gun offenses, among others. You may also face felony charges if you have multiple convictions on your criminal record. Generally, felonies are punished by a year or more in prison. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, are less severe and are punished by fines and a jail sentence of up to 12 months in jail, for a Class 1 misdemeanor.
What penalties do I face for DUI?
DUI charges are taken very seriously in the state of Virginia. First-time DUI offenses can result in a minimum of five days in jail and a $250 fine, plus a license suspension for one year. The penalties grow with each subsequent offense, and for a fourth conviction you could face up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
In addition, you can face increased insurance premiums, mandatory alcohol education courses, a loss of reputation, and a permanent criminal record.
Do I need an attorney for a misdemeanor offense?
It is always in your best interest to have a Richmond criminal defense lawyer on your side for any offense, no matter how big or how small. Minor traffic offenses, for example, can seem small but may add up, especially if they are ignored. These small infractions can have lasting consequences, as they may be available for potential employers, landlords or financial institutions to see on background checks, thus hindering your ability to live your life.
An attorney has the resources and knowledge to look into the issues behind your arrest, examine all evidence, and create a defense that always keeps you and your family in mind.
I’m on probation. What should I do?
It’s important that you always follow all the terms of your probation, including reporting to your officer, paying any court-ordered fines, staying within the boundaries of the terms, and appearing at any hearings. You must also not be arrested for a similar crime while on probation and you cannot possess or sell any illegal drugs. Doing so may result in a probation violation which can extend the probation period or lead to jail time.