We will prepare a vigorous defense to protect your rights. Criminal defense is also about preserving the U.S. and Virginia constitutions, and about holding government to the high standards set in these documents. A vigorous defense in your case protects the rights of all.
You should contest a charge even if it carries few penalties, because there are many other consequences to conviction. For example, convictions for some offenses increase the maximum penalties for a second or subsequent similar offense. In addition, the Commonwealth may view and treat repeat offenders differently, as "frequent fliers" in the criminal justice system.
You could just pay the fine and accept the consequences of conviction. These consequences can be high; for example, a conviction for reckless driving stays on your DMV record for 11 years and can affect your employment prospects. We can analyze the facts in your case and work toward a reduced charge that you can plead to. If you do not agree to plead to the reduced charge, or if the Commonwealth does not offer or agree to a reduced charge, we can go to trial.
Every DUI / DWI case is different, but the stakes are always high. We will analyze the facts, look for weaknesses in the Commonwealth's case, and look for mitigating factors in your case. As in other cases, the Commonwealth may offer to reduce the charge, or make other offers in exchange for your plea. You decide whether to accept the offer or go to trial.
Mr. Basu can represent you if you are charged with any violation that presents the possibility of a fine or imprisonment. It could be a felony, a misdemeanor, or the violation of an ordinance. As always, we will prepare a vigorous defense to protect your rights.
Children make mistakes. Virginia authorities recognize this and have services for juvenile offenders. Thus, almost always, it benefits a child to stay in the juvenile justice system. Where that option is available, Mr. Basu will strive to keep the child out of the adult system. He will study the facts and circumstances of the case, marshal the evidence in favor of the child, and prepare a vigorous defense.
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