Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Laws

Criminal Defense

If you have committed a criminal act in Virginia/Maryland, are suspected of committing a criminal act in Virginia/Maryland or have been accused of committing a crime in Virginia/Maryland, the government may prosecute you. If you are found guilty, you may face a punishment ranging from a relatively minor punishment (e.g a small fine) to a very severe punishment (e.g prison term). The Virginia/Maryland state governments and city councils are responsible for enforcing criminal law in Virginia/Maryland. The Federal Government enforces federal criminal law. According to Wikipedia: Criminal law involves the prosecution of criminal acts by the state, which are considered to be so serious that they constitute a violation of the sovereign’s peace. The vast majority of criminal acts committed in the US are prosecuted and punished at the state level Federal criminal law focuses on areas of particular relevance to the federal government, such as the avoidance of federal income tax payments, theft of post or physical attacks on federal officials, as well as inter-state offenses such as drug trafficking and cable fraud.


Criminal Offenses are generally classified as felonies or misdemeanors. A felony criminal act is a more serious crime punishable by more than a year in prison. A misdemeanor criminal offense can be punished with a maximum of one year in prison or no prison sentence. Certain criminal acts can charged as a misdemeanor criminal act or felony criminal act, depending on the severity of the crime and/or whether you have previously been found guilty of the same criminal act.

If you have been charged with a offense in Virginia, a local lawyer in Virginia can explain the potential consequences of the criminal act and defend you in court.

Criminal Defense



  • Virginia/Maryland law enforcement officers or local law enforcement investigate the crime.
  • A Virginia/Maryland judge can issue a search warrant that allows investigators to search for evidence of criminal activity in a particular location.
  • Law enforcement officers interview witnesses and potential suspects for more information regarding the criminal activity.
  • If the officials suspect that a criminal act has been committed, they arrest the person suspected of the criminal act.
  • Law enforcement officials decide to file charges against the person suspected of committing the criminal act.
  • The indictment is read to the person in court during a trial in which the person accused of the criminal act is required to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • The person charged with the criminal act (known as the Defendant) may be released from custody or held in jail until the trial.
  • Prior to the trial, the defendant’s lawyer in Virginia/Maryland may try to negotiate a plea or an agreement whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge.
  • If no agreement can be reached, the case of the defendant is settled in a trial in which evidence is presented and either a judge or a jury decides whether the defendant is guilty of the criminal act.
  • After the judge or the jury has examined all the evidence, a verdict is made in the case.
  • If the defendant is found guilty of the criminal act, he or she may appeal the decision and ask a higher court in Virginia/Maryland to overturn the decision because of errors made in the proceedings.
  • If you are found guilty of a criminal act in Virginia/Maryland, the sentence may vary depending on the severity of the criminal act, your intentions in committing the criminal act, and your criminal record. A lawyer in Virginia/Maryland can explain the consequences to you.
  • The Law Offices of SRIS, P.C. . has been defending clients charged with offenses for over 25 years. We are proud of the defense we have given our clients in Virginia and Maryland. A big part of our defense practice has focused on defending clients accused of charges in northern Virginia primarily in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Alexandria and Prince William and in Montgomery County and Howard County in Maryland. Our team of lawyers in Virginia and Maryland consists of prosecutors and a former state trooper. Our lawyers in Virginia & Maryland have aggressively defended clients accused of felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses at both the State and Federal levels. Regardless of the type of case you are facing, we can defend you and we will fight to protect you in Virginia & Maryland. Our team of Maryland/Virginia lawyers recognize that our clients are human beings that find themselves in difficult situations and it is our personal goal to help our clients who have been charged with an offense get the best possible outcome based on the facts of their case.
  • In our experience, our clients usually make an error of judgement, and suddenly find themselves facing charges. When an individual is suddenly being prosecuted for a felony or misdemeanor charge such as assaultdrug possessionburglaryDUI/DWIfraudsex crimescomputer crimes or federal offenses in Virginia or Maryland, they are often scared and are desperately seeking skilled Maryland/Virginia lawyers who can show them a way out of their trouble or minimize the penalty. Our Maryland & Virginia lawyers understand that our clients who are charged with an offense are potentially facing life altering situations with dire consequences. When trying to find the right lawyer in Virginia or Maryland, time is of the essence. Finding the right lawyer in Virginia or Maryland to represent you is critical to avoid a possible negative outcome. Our experienced and compassionate Maryland/VA attorneys can immediately begin representing you and work on your behalf. You can be assured that you are in good hands, and that your case will be handled with the highest level of urgency.


  • What does the charge mean?
  • Am I facing jail time for my charge?
  • What kind of fines am I going to have to pay for my charge?
  • How could this charge impact my life going forward?
  • What kind of skills should my lawyer have?
  • How serious is my charge?
  • Will I get bond for my charge?
  • Will I lose my immigration status due to my charge?
  • How much does a lawyer charge?
  • How will my lawyer prove my innocence?
  • Is my charge a felony or misdemeanor?
  • How long does a case take?
  • How many cases go to trial?
  • What is negligence?
  • How long have you practiced law?
  • How many jury trials have you tried?
  • Have you ever prosecuted cases?
  • Will this arrest stay on my record?

Our Maryland/VA lawyers will address these questions and more. During the consultation, we will ask you to tell us what you know about the facts of your case. We will explain to you how our lawyers can help and provide you with a clear set of options and a road map of what you can expect. Once we begin legal representation, our team of lawyers will fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, or to achieve the best outcome possible for your particular charges. You can be rest assured that our lawyers have defended cases all throughout VA and Maryland, both at the Federal level and the state level.

Call and speak with a Maryland/Virginia lawyer today

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