Whether it’s your first arrest or you’ve been through the system before, facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. From how the law defines certain crimes to the punishments imposed upon a conviction, Virginia is known as being “tough on crime.” This is especially the case in Chesapeake, a city with a reputation for high crime rates. If you face criminal charges, you need a Chesapeake criminal defense law firm with the experience, dedication, and skill required to defend against the allegations. You need a lawyer who will stand up to the aggressive tactics used by the police and prosecutors. You need an attorney at Robinson Law, PLLC.Types of Cases We Handle
Chesapeake has a crime rate that is nearly double the state average. However, what sets the city apart from others with similarly high crime rates is the number of Chesapeake violent crimes. Each year, there are more than 1,100 violent crimes committed in the city. This amounts to more than 4.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
At Robinson Law, we are a Chesapeake criminal defense law firm with decades of experience handling all types of cases. Regardless of the allegations against you, we will work with you to develop a compelling defense. While we handle all types of offenses, below are a few of the most common:
Assault and Battery – Violent crime is a serious problem in Chesapeake. As a result, prosecutors and judges come down hard on those convicted of these offenses. While both assault and assault and battery are misdemeanors by default, if you used a weapon or caused serious injury, you are likely looking at felony charges.
Domestic Violence – The criminal justice system takes any allegation of domestic violence very seriously, even though these cases are often based on exaggerations or outright fabrications. Too often, people facing Chesapeake domestic violence charges assume that the prosecution will drop the case or the alleged victim won’t show up. However, it is imperative that you take these charges seriously, as prosecutors have been known to bring in witnesses against their will.
Gun Charges and Weapons Offenses – Given Chesapeake’s reputation for violence, guns are an obvious concern. In fact, Virginia has some of the strictest penalties for gun crimes in the United States, especially for those who use a gun while committing a felony. However, there are often several viable defenses in gun cases, including a motion to suppress the weapon due to a police officer’s unlawful search or seizure.
If you face serious charges, reaching out to a Chesapeake criminal defense law firm should be your first step. At Robinson Law, we don’t turn clients away based on the nature of their case or their record. Whether you face any of the above offenses, drug charges or a Chesapeake DUI, we are here to help.Obtaining a Police Report After a Chesapeake Arrest
If you’ve been arrested for a crime, you may not know exactly what you are accused of doing wrong. Obtaining a police report is a good way to get a better idea of what you’re facing. To obtain a Chesapeake police report, you can contact the Central Records Unit, located on the 2nd Floor of Police Headquarters at 304 Albemarle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322. However, depending on the crime you are charged with, records may not be publicly available.Where to Attend Court
If you were released from custody after your arrest, you will eventually need to attend your arraignment and trial. Depending on whether you face misdemeanor or felony charges, you will need to either go to the local district court or circuit court.
The address for the local District Court is:
307 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322-5571
The address for the local Circuit Court is:
307 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322-5579
If you were recently arrested and charged with a crime, contact Robinson Law for immediate assistance. Our aggressive team of lawyers can help you prepare a defense to whatever charges you face. With more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients throughout the Seven Cities and across Virginia, we have what it takes to handle even the most complex and challenging cases. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today, call (703) 542-4008. We handle cases throughout Hampton Roads, including in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.