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Fairfax Criminal Attorney and Northern VA Defense Lawyer Reveals His Own Record Using Virginia Case Information System

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When we asked Brenton D. Vincenzes if we could check his record online in front of him, he smiled and said, “finally.” Strange reaction, we thought.

Who are we? We are a group of authors originally working on a story about the pros and cons of the Virginia case information system and criminal records in a more general sense.Maybe you have used this site before to check the date of an upcoming court case, or to pay your traffic ticket online. We did not plan on discussing expungement, or the two types of records, as is discussed by Attorney Vincenzes. Nonetheless, we thought it to be interesting and worthwhile; enough so to divert our attention long enough to publish this article before our original case information and records piece.

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Our intention was to learn Mr. Vincenzes’ opinion as to the efficiency, ease-of-use, and accuracy of the Virginia case information system. We also were going to ask if there are improvements the criminal defense community would like to see. While that article is still in the works, a new article has been born.

VA Defense Lawyer and Local Fairfax Criminal Attorney: “Why I Refuse to Expunge My Own Record”

This is what Brenton Vincenzes said when we asked why he wanted to show us his record:

Lately I have been showing people my own criminal record via in-office demonstrations (quick and informal I should say) — to point out what remains public even if the case is dropped. This allows them to realize that even though their case may have been resolved long ago, an embarrassing record may still remain. And the second reason why I show my criminal record online to my clients is because I want them to understand what it means to expunge a record, and specifically, what they will not be able to remove if they choose to accept the Commonwealth’s typical first-offender option for a case dismissal.

I am glad someone from the media has asked what you asked today, because now I can get this message out to a larger group. [Mr. Vincenzes then proceeded to make a recording which has been published here]

The following paragraph is from Brenton D. Vincenzes:

If you look at my record, you will see I was charged with reckless driving. It is true. I was in an accident in 2012, and to this day cannot tell you why I hit a large rock. But I did, and now that charge shows up right next to my name. And while this charge was dropped, it is still there for people to see. Now, you can click on the case number and see that the disposition reflects what I just told you: the charge was dropped. But a casual searcher, employer, background check company facing time constraints, or whoever else could feasibly get the wrong impression.

I have been writing a lot about this, and may even possibly publish a book early next year on the ins and outs of expungement. I think it is extremely important for families and young adults to understand this process exists, and to remember it is important to address, especially in this tough economy for young people.

We learned that there have been numerous articles and a video or two published by the Vincenzes Law Firm itself in recent months on the topics of expungement and the first offender program in Virginia.

Our story on the case information system would have to wait, as we were convinced by Mr. Vincenzes to instead include a video Mr. Vincenzes took the time to make, where he shows his own record to illustrate what is visible online. See the video to see for yourself.

Note: when asked why he has not expunged the record of his reckless driving charge, Brenton Vincenzes told us he prefers to keep it as is so he can show people what they risk if they do not expunge a record, or if they take a path that renders them disqualified from doing so.

I try to help people whenever I can, however possible. This goes beyond criminal defense…for example, I recommend excellent car repair shops when my clients need automotive work following an accident, and I provide trusted bail bond company contact information to family members of those who are in jail and in need of help. I could really not care any less about the fact that an officer incorrectly charged me with reckless driving, so long as I am able to use that for something positive.

Read more about expungement in general here, and for more about a particular charge, this traffic section is a good starting point if it is a traffic infraction you face. Or, if you are a defendant or a loved one of a defendant in an upcoming criminal case, the Virginia defense practice area list is a great place to learn more.

Whether you face a traffic infraction, misdemeanor, or felony, the Vincenzes Law Firm and Brenton Vincenzes are willing to talk to you about the case. If your case is going to be heard before a court in Northern Virginia (find out how large of an area we serve), we will provide a case evaluation for free. We will explain the penalties if convicted, the cost to retain counsel, the strengths of the case, and the aspects that will potentially make the case a more serious matter or more difficult to defend.

Finally, our Virginia defense lawyer and local Fairfax criminal attorney will list a few of the defense theories potentially employable if the case should go to trial. If you want to know what the flat-fee would be for legal representation, our Virginia criminal attorney will give either a precise number, or a ballpark figure, depending on the circumstances and how complex the case appears upon a first impression.

Sooner Rather than Later: Contact a Fairfax Criminal Attorney and Northern Virginia Defense Lawyer

For a free consultation or to discuss expunging a record for a charge in the past, visit the online case evaluation and contact page, or call 703.665.3719. Our Virginia criminal attorney and Fairfax defense law firm and team is here for you. We serve Prince William, Alexandria, Loudoun, Stafford, Herndon, Vienna, Fairfax County, Spotsylvania, Arlington, and other local courts.

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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