Virginia Criminal Lawyer

Northern Virginia Criminal Law Firm
Fairfax Criminal Lawyer: Types of Cases

Fairfax Criminal Lawyers
Our Fairfax criminal law firm primarily serves those charged with criminal and traffic violations in Fairfax County and the surrounding jurisdictions, including Prince William County, Loudoun County, and Arlington County courts. Less frequently, we represent clients in other areas.

On this page, we have provided a list of some of the most common types of criminal and traffic cases we handle. Click or tap (if on a mobile device) the charge to read more.

Drop us a line to find out if we can help you with your charge, whether or not it is listed on this page. We handle all criminal and traffic violations, from speeding tickets to serious felony offenses.

Virginia and Fairfax County Criminal Defense Practice Areas

At Vincenzes Law, we have 1 area of practice. Criminal Law.

We are not a general practice law firm, and do not take civil cases (aside from expungement and restoration of privileges matters). The majority of law firms offering criminal and/or traffic representation are not able to say they are completely dedicated to criminal or traffic defense. We can.

  • Virginia Traffic DefenseMoving violations and infractions
  • Reckless Driving DefenseReckless driving (is a criminal offense)
  • DUI/DWI DefenseDUI / DWI representation
  • Marijuana Possession DefenseFirst time or subsequent offense
  • Drug-Related Defense"More Serious" drug-related charges
  • Larceny DefenseLarceny representation
  • Shoplifting DefenseShoplifting representation
  • Fraud DefenseTake a fraud allegation or charge seriously
  • Juvenile DefenseJuvenile traffic and criminal defense
  • ExpungementAsk Us: Does your previous conviction qualify for expungement?

Examples of Cases Our Fairfax Criminal Law Firm Handles Most Frequently

The following are more examples of charges we handle:

When you are arrested, a permanent criminal record is created. When your case is resolved, another permanent record is made. When you are found not guilty, or when the charge is dropped, you can petition the court to expunge (seal) the record from public view. But when you are found guilty or when you accept a first-offender’s case dismissal option (among others), expungement is no longer a feasible possibility.

Where does our Virginia criminal lawyer and local Fairfax defense attorney serve?

Answer: The Northern Virginia Community

Our local Fairfax criminal lawyer and legal team serves most of Northern Virginia, not solely in Fairfax County. Although most of our clients face the criminal justice system in Fairfax County, others face the judicial systems in areas such as the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Leesburg, Spotsylvania, and Manassas (among others).

If you are charged with a traffic infraction or criminal charge, no matter if it is a misdemeanor or felony offense, and regardless of age or income level, do not be worried that you may waste our time. Always feel free to send us a message or call us toll free: +1 888-695-6565 or local at 703.665.3719.

Even if you must call us after regular business hours due to an urgent concern, someone from our team will kindly answer your call personally whenever possible. We are here to help.


Virginia Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Subpoenaed | Under Investigation | Expungement

Juvenile Defense

A Philosophy of Community Service:
High Standard of Practice by Our Local Fairfax Criminal Lawyer and Virginia Defense Attorneys

We strongly believe it is vital for any person faced with one of the following situations to speak to a proficient Virginia or local Fairfax criminal defense attorney as soon as possible:

  • An allegation or accusation
  • A government or law enforcement-directed investigation
  • A pending criminal charge or moving-traffic violation
  • A harmful and public criminal record


  • accusations can lead to charges, and instead of worrying, you deserve a professional to guide you
  • any person subjected to an investigation could make a situation worse by not knowing how to handle law enforcement inquiries
  • violations of the law can be costly, result in confinement, and may jeopardize relationships
  • an adult’s criminal arrest history is a public record, but sometimes, it is possible to expunge the record to seal it from public view

…but most importantly, good people make poor choices and often deserve a second chance. And as most of us are fully aware, the criminal justice system in the United States of America is far from perfect…

An experienced, well-respected, and Virginia-serving Fairfax criminal defense attorney with the utmost professional integrity is critical to ascertain just what lies ahead. It is important to realize that there are many subtleties to criminal law. For example, each case is unique, and may require professional analysis of any or all of the following sources of authority:

  • The Code of Virginia;
  • local ordinances;
  • Virginia precedent and case law;
  • local court rules;
  • interpretations of ambiguous legal areas by the legislature and Attorney General;
  • the Virginia Constitution; and,
  • the United States Constitution, among others.

There are many aspects your local Virginia or Fairfax Criminal Lawyer can and will explain related to you or your loved-one’s case, and these important points include knowledge and guidance only a professional criminal defense attorney who practices in Virginia can provide the answers to these questions and many more:

  • what is the maximum sentence you or a loved-one may face?
  • if convicted, does the charge require a mandatory minimum sentence of active jail time?
  • how does the court in your jurisdiction typically handle the charged offense?
  • what are the long-term consequences involved, aside from just the legal penalties?
  • is there a specific course of action to show the judge and Commonwealth attorney you do not deserve a harsh sentence if convicted?
  • would it be beneficial to participate in one of the many diversion programs in Virginia?
  • what are the various potential probation issues?
  • are any plea bargains typically offered by prosecutors in similar cases?
  • what is the best defense when it comes to you or your loved-one’s unique facts?

Our Virginia and Local Fairfax Criminal Attorney Goes the Extra Mile

We believe criminal justice is a passion to be nurtured, and that a true legal professional who practices criminal defense should extend his or her service beyond the courtroom and into the community. At Vincenzes Law, our legal team and local Fairfax criminal lawyer takes pride in:

We represent people from all walks of life, of all colors, origins, and belief systems. We believe serve our community by volunteering. We serve people from all walks of life, because we know that in the United States, the criminal justice system ought to be colorblind and status-irrelevant.

Second, we do not judge anyone. At Vincenzes Law, PLLC, our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer makes sure this is clear from the outset of every matter. We are confidants, trusted mentors, and we only seek to help…never to judge. When people meet with our firm, we tell them not to ever feel embarrassed: we strive to foster a compassionate environment at all times.

Non-Charge Related Advice and Representation by Fairfax Criminal Lawyer

Subpoenaed and/or Under Investigation

In addition to representation in the Northern Virginia Courts, we also offer diligent and zealous representation to those who have been subpoenaed to appear for any reason, including appearances before a grand jury. We know how intimidating these circumstances can potentially be, and when necessary, we offer appropriate direction and advice to those who are the subject of law enforcement or other governmental entity-directed investigations.

Virginia Expungement of a Public Criminal Record

In Virginia, a criminal charge that is later dismissed or dropped (nolle prossed / nolle prosequi) will show up when employers search for that person’s adult criminal record! We often are asked by our clients and non-clients how they might be able to expunge a criminal record. We believe in justice and fairness, and if we can expunge your criminal record, we will be happy to do so with maximum speed and efficiency, and at a fair and reasonable price. Almost always, expungement of a public criminal charge is a very wise decision. If your case has been resolved, do not delay.

Remember these points about an adult’s public criminal record in Virginia:

  • it is publicly accessible forever;
  • it includes mere arrests and all criminal charges (even if found not guilty);
  • it even includes charges the Commonwealth has decided to not pursue (or, drop); and,
  • if you qualify for expungement, the process is fairly quick and affordable.

It is unfortunate that a mere criminal charge can have a serious long-term negative impact, especially upon job-related and educational endeavors. Our Virginia Criminal Defense Firm and Fairfax criminal lawyer understand the burdens and stigmas sometimes associated with a criminal record. You do not need to worry about the cost of expungement before you talk to our legal team. We will explain whether or not your record can be expunged, and why or why not. Furthermore, we will quote you directly what we would charge, depending upon the number of charges to be expunged and the complexity of the case.

Juvenile Defense – Traffic and Criminal

We are familiar and knowledgeable about the various resources, programs, and options available in Virginia intended to meet the differing needs of juvenile clients and loved-ones. We believe in providing juvenile clients and family members with thoughtful and caring advice to help:

  • avoid future criminal charges;
  • live a healthy lifestyle;
  • take education seriously; and ultimately,
  • obtain the hope that comes with a bright future.

Speak to a Virginia criminal defense attorney, or if in Northern Virginia, your Fairfax Criminal Lawyer at Vincenzes Law, PLLC. We are located in Northern Virginia, very close to the Fairfax County General District Court, at:

Our main web address is, but you can easily remember our address if you need to tell a friend or family member…because you may access our site via either one of these alternate URLs:


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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.