Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I was arrested and charged with a crime I didn't commit. What should I do?
Q: Why do I need an attorney?
Q: I am being investigated for a crime. What should I do?
Q: I was arrested for DUI. Should I just plead guilty?
Q: Can a police officer search me, my car and my home whenever and wherever he wants?
Q: Evidence was illegally taken from my home without a search warrant. Isn't this illegal? Will the case against me be dismissed?
Q: What happens if the police didn't read my rights to me?
Q: After my arrest, I was told that I must appear at an arraignment and a preliminary hearing. Are these the same thing?
Q: What can Attorney Vaughan C. Jones help me with?


I was arrested and charged with a crime I didn't commit. What should I do?

Even though one is "innocent until proven guilty" this does not mean that innocent individuals don't get convicted of crimes they did not commit. It is crucial to your future that you immediately get legal representation from a Richmond criminal defense attorney to fight for your defense.

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Why do I need an attorney?

When dealing with the court system, you need legal representation that is determined to protect your rights and fight for your defense. When you get the assistance of an attorney from the office of Vaughan C. Jones, you know that your best interests will be the top priority every step of the way.

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I am being investigated for a crime. What should I do?

When one is under investigation for a crime, it is crucial that you immediately get legal representation. Do not answer questions from law enforcement or investigators without first contacting the office of Vaughan C. Jones. It is true that what you tell investigators can be used against you in court.

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I was arrested for DUI. Should I just plead guilty?

In any DUI case, it is crucial that you have legal representation. In many cases, errors in the testing equipment are found and you may not have been above the legal limit. Protect yourself with a DUI defense attorney.

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Can a police officer search me, my car and my home whenever and wherever he wants?

A police officer search can always search you if (1) you give permission or (2) he has a warrant based on probable cause. Specific rules apply to Body Searches, Car searches, and searches of your home.

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Evidence was illegally taken from my home without a search warrant. Isn't this illegal? Will the case against me be dismissed?

If evidence was obtained in violation of your constitutional rights, in most instances the law requires the Court to disregard that evidence. Your lawyer will need to file a motion to suppress to make sure that the prosecutor does not use such evidence. Vaughan C. Jones has successfully argued hundreds of such motions.

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What happens if the police didn't read my rights to me?

Police are required to inform you of your rights before the police begin any custodial interrogation. If they elicit an incriminating statement without reading those rights to you, the statements should be suppresses. In 2005, Vaughan Jones convinced a court to exclude several statements made during an investigation of a robbery. Without the alleged “confession”, the case resulted in a mistrial.

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After my arrest, I was told that I must appear at an arraignment and a preliminary hearing. Are these the same thing?

No, they are not the same. At the arraignment, the judge who will simply tell him officially, of the charges, set a bail, and ask if you want to hire a lawyer of your choosing. At a preliminary hearing, the District Court will conduct a condensed version of the trial in your case. The Commonwealth’s Attorney must establish that there is probable cause to proceed with the charges. The preliminary hearing is your lawyer's first significant chance to view the government's evidence against you.

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What can Attorney Vaughan C. Jones help me with?

Richmond criminal defense attorney Vaughan C. Jones can assist you with any of the following types of crimes charges including:

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Contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney from the office of Vaughan C. Jones today.


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