Criminal Attorney in Richmond, VA
Defending Clients Facing Criminal Charges in Virginia
When you have been accused of a criminal offense, you must take the time to consider the impact that a conviction will have on your future goals and freedoms. Many criminal charges result in stiff penalties, such as jail or prison time for those who are convicted, and you cannot afford to be without the strong defense that a Richmond criminal lawyer can provide at this time in your life.
You need a legal advocate intimately familiar with the local courts in Richmond and the surrounding counties, and you need someone prepared to fight hard for you!
Are you facing criminal charges in Virginia? Call Vaughan C. Jones Attorney at Law today at (804) 207-5735 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our criminal lawyer in Richmond!
The Defense Process
In criminal prosecutions under state or federal law, a defendant may raise a defense to avoid being held liable for whatever offense he or she may have been accused of committing. There are numerous ways to build a successful defense against criminal allegations, including factual innocence and a lawful excuse.
Additionally, a defendant may challenge criminal charges because the prosecution does not have enough evidence to secure a conviction - to prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a shadow of a doubt. Challenging evidence may be done by proving the evidence itself is faulty or how it was collected and/or processed violates the defendant's rights or standard procedure.
Criminal defense is essential to keeping the criminal justice system in America balanced. If a defendant had no right to legal counsel and no right to raise a defense in this way, people would be convicted of crimes left and right. We would have to rely upon law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and all court personnel never to make a mistake or have a lapse in judgment. That is just too much to ask from people who are, after all, only human.
It is necessary to offer a defendant, accused of any crime from DUI to murder, the opportunity to challenge these allegations and avoid a conviction because there are always cases where a person is wrongfully accused and may face imprisonment or worse without criminal defense.
Contact Our Criminal Lawyer Today
Are you searching for an attorney for a criminal case in Richmond? You can find all this and more when you contact Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law, about your criminal case. Attorney Vaughan C. Jones has earned a reputation in Richmond for providing his clients with a hard-hitting defense that holds up in court against even the most severe charges. He understands the legal intricacies of the criminal process and can build a compelling defense on your behalf regardless of the circumstances that led to your arrest.
Most people are not fully prepared for what will happen after a criminal accusation. They are left feeling isolated, frightened, and overwhelmed by the legalities they are now facing. If you are caught in the wake of something of this nature, your entire future will be at stake; it is simply not the time to be content with the clumsy mistakes made by inexperienced attorneys.
Law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney are dedicated to getting a conviction in your criminal case. It is critical to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer fighting for your side who knows how to present the most effective and persuasive defenses.
Have you or a loved one been accused of a crime? Do not hesitate to seek representation from our criminal attorney in Richmond, VA! Contact Vaughan C. Jones Attorney at Law today to discuss your case!
Need an attorney for a criminal case in Richmond? In order to achieve the best outcome for your criminal charges, you must contact Attorney Vaughan C. Jones soon after you learn about your charges. He will review your situation thoroughly and examine the evidence brought against you to uncover any flaws or inconsistencies that are present.
- Criminal Appeals
- Asset Forfeiture
- Drug Crimes
- Federal Crimes
- Internet Crimes
- Juvenile Crimes
- Military Defense
- Probation Violations
- Sex Crimes
- Theft Offenses
- Traffic Violations
- Violent Crimes
- Weapons Charges
- White Collar Crimes
Experienced Defenses Against Criminal Charges
If the police conduct a search and seizure that doesn’t honor your rights guaranteed by the Constitution, the court may throw the entire case out of court. Mere suspicion is not enough for an officer to search you or your car; they must have some evidence to serve as probable cause or must have had a warrant for any drugs they find admissible in court. Vaughan Jones ALWAYS examines whether the seizure of drugs is lawful. If an arrest or search is questionable, Vaughan will file a motion to suppress the drugs
If the police fail to document the chain of custody for drugs appropriately seized, I will expose this flaw and get the case dismissed. I have also used the defenses of entrapment, agency, and unwitting participation.
Virginia law allows police to keep your property if it is connected to illegal drug activity. To support its things, the government has to follow the rules established by the General Assembly and the Supreme Court.
UNDERCOVER POLICE, SNITCHES, AND INFORMANTS
Often, the police use a paid informant or undercover officer who claims to have observed a person selling drugs to another person. As a former prosecutor who has used these tactics, I know that informants always try to benefit themselves (in attempting to avoid a conviction or accepting cash payments for each arrest!) and often provide unreliable and false information. I have experience challenging the credibility of police informants. I expose their criminal records and make sure the court knows the true motives behind their testimony.
If you have an addiction and are convicted, there are still ways to avoid jail. I have experience gaining clients' admission into alternative sentencing programs. I have often used a special Virginia law that allows first-time offenders to avoid jail and have their convictions taken from their criminal record!
If the police have done everything right, the only way to avoid a maximum penalty is to have a lawyer who has a good relationship with the courts and the prosecutors. If you did it and they’ve got you, fighting isn’t always the best option. My experience gives me insight into why a prosecutor might want to negotiate a case instead of going to trial. I’ve arranged for many distribution cases to be changed to simple possession, reducing what could have been 40 years in jail to probation and no incarceration.
CHALLENGING DNA EVIDENCE
DNA profiling is a technique employed by forensic scientists to assist in identifying individuals based on their respective DNA profiles. DNA evidence is often hailed as an unquestionable proof of the circumstances of an alleged criminal event. The science, however, is only as reliable as the people who employ the technique. I have examined or refuted DNA evidence in hundreds of cases. Often there are problems with the collection, analysis, and conclusions of the test results.
THROW OUT LINEUP IDENTIFICATIONS
The Constitution requires police to use specific procedures when they conduct a lineup. Failure to follow these steps illegally influences the alleged witness to pick out a particular person. I am fearless in challenging the process the police use to conduct these lineups. I’ve even advanced unique defenses, such as cross-racial identification challenges.
Contact Vaughan C. Jones Attorney at Law today to schedule a FREE consultation with our criminal lawyer in Richmond, Virginia!
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“Vaughan Jones is the best.”
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He has a long list of notable case victories.
As a lead prosecutor, he never lost a jury trial.
He worked as a former criminal prosecutor for four years.
He has represented hundreds of clients throughout Virginia.
He offers a free initial case evaluation to all prospective clients.
He has built strong working relationships with judges and prosecutors.