Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by Attorney Shannon Johnson

Q: What is the process after the criminal charges are filed in court?

A: If the person is in jail you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can file a request for bond or to reduce the bond amount.
If the person is out of custody schedule a phone consult or contact our office to discuss possible defense and the consequences of those charges.

Q: Do I need a defense attorney if I get a misdemeanor?

A: Yes. Misdemeanors is not expungeable in Virginia under any circumstances once an individual has been convicted. These charges don’t drop off a criminal record and will remain there indefinitely. A brief consultation with an attorney will let you know what defenses you may have to the case.
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Q: Do you charge a flat fee or hourly rate? What are other costs I should be aware of?

A: In general, I charge a flat fee for most criminal cases. I do charge an hourly rate for limited matters. Other costs you should be aware of include costs in support of a case for FOIA or other requests. Bond costs, court fines and cost are not included in legal representation.

Q: What are the steps I need to take after I get arrested?

A: Anything you say can be used against you. This includes anything said over the phones to family, inside to your cellmates and to police officers. So wait to talk about your case until you are speaking with an attorney.

Q: If I failed the breath test is there any point to fighting my DWI?

A: Absolutely, Driving While Intoxicated is a complicated case for the prosecutor to maintain. Every case is different and only talking to an attorney can give you a better idea of what to expect and what can be done. Call our office to discuss the benefits representation can provide.

Q: Is Marijuana illegal in Virginia?

A: Yes it is. Possession of any amount of marijuana in Virginia is a misdemeanor. You can still be charged if you have a card or prescription from another state. Possession above a certain amount and or distribution of those charges can be considered a felony.

Q: Are all illegal drugs treated the same way when it comes to punishment?’

A: They are not. Give us a call to find out about your case.

Q: Is hash oil a felony in Virginia?

A: Yes. Hash oil possession can be charged as a felony under the Virginia Code.