Being accused of a crime is a life-altering event. The consequences at stake are extremely high, including possible jail time and heavy fines. And unfortunately, the potential impact doesn’t end there. A criminal record could continue to negatively affect you years down the road, including limiting your ability to get a job.
Everyone makes mistakes. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney will give you your best chance at making sure those mistakes don’t impact you for years to come. If you’re facing criminal charges, the experienced criminal attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC are here to protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your situation.
What You Need to Know as a Criminal Defendant
No one ever plans to be a criminal defendant. Therefore, when people find themselves facing criminal charges, the natural reaction is to panic. The good news is, you don’t have to go through it alone.
First and foremost, the most important thing to keep in mind if you’ve been charged with a crime is that you still have rights. If you are questioned about your involvement in a criminal matter, are arrested, or are charged with a criminal offense, you have the right to an attorney. This is a constitutional right you absolutely should exercise.
When facing criminal charges, it’s crucial to understand exactly what those charges are. Crimes in Virginia can be either felony or misdemeanor offenses. Felonies can carry serious penalties, including life in prison. These are usually violent crimes, property crimes involving large dollar amounts, or serious drug crimes. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, are generally considered to be less serious crimes and typically carry much smaller potential jail sentences.
Certain crimes, such as assault or DUI charges, can be either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances involved. In some cases, your lawyer may be able to plead a charge down to a lesser offense, from a felony to a misdemeanor, or get the prosecutor to agree to less severe penalties.
Regardless of the charges you’re facing, it’s essential to undertake a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances underlying the charges. An investigation may uncover facts that will support a strong defense, such as mistaken identity or procedural improprieties by law enforcement.
Why It’s Crucial to Consult an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
A criminal charge in Virginia is a serious matter. With something as important as your freedom potentially on the line, defending a criminal charge is not something you should try to do on your own. If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge in Virginia, the time to protect your rights is now.
The experienced criminal lawyers at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC have a proven track record of defending clients against criminal charges in Virginia. We represent individuals facing all varieties of felony and misdemeanor charges, as well as lesser traffic offenses. No matter the charges, we will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Take the first step toward protecting your rights and contact us today for a free consultation. We are here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have during this difficult time.
Matt Kurylo began his legal career as a legal services specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, then as an attorney in Fredericksburg in 2007. He is the founding partner of Kurylo Gold & Josey. In addition to providing assistance to clients, Matt serves as the firm’s managing partner.
Emily Gold focuses on matters of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law, including divorce and child issues such as custody and visitation. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law.