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Frequently Asked Questions

The laws in Virginia can be harsh and unforgiving toward alleged criminal offenders. That is why it is so vital that you obtain aggressive legal representation. Extensively experienced with criminal law, Mr. Jones provides hard-hitting defense you can trust. He can help you challenge the prosecution and fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

Read these questions and answers to learn more about criminal charges and how our defense attorney can protect your rights. To discuss your unique situation, contact Mr. Jones for a free consultation! Contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney from Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law today.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What can Attorney Vaughan C. Jones help me with?
  • What is BAC?
    BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration. In Virginia, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if you have a BAC of .08% or above. If you are shown to have a BAC of .08% or higher by a breath or blood test administered by a law enforcement agent, you will be charged and arrested for DUI. Attorney Vaughan C. Jones can help you. He has successfully defended numerous individuals who have been charged with drunk driving offenses and offenses related to alcohol.
  • What if I have been falsely accused?
    It is even more crucial that you speak with a lawyer if you have been falsely accused. Richmond criminal defense lawyer Vaughan C. Jones will work with you in order to preserve your good name and your dignity throughout your criminal case. Nothing could be worse than spending time in prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. You owe it to yourself and your family to seek experienced and aggressive legal representation.
  • I have been charged with a DUI. Is there any chance that I can get the charges dropped?
    In any criminal charge, with a thorough investigation of the evidence against you this is a possibility. Many cases are dismissed when the defense attorney looks through the details of how the evidence against the accused was collected. In DUI cases, there often are options including a reduced charge. In any DUI or other criminal charge, it is crucial that you contact a Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney immediately after being charged. This will ensure that you have the backup of a defense lawyer who is on your side. Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law is dedicated to fighting for you in such a case and has a successful history in DUI defenses.

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