CRIMINAL DEFENSE DUI/DWI DUI and DWI are both defined as operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or intoxicant. A DUI arrest is reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange. Even a first offense may include twelve (12) months suspension of your driver’s license, jail time up to a one (1) year, up to a $2,500 fine, and installation of an interlock device. The punishments for a DUI/DWI are based on the result of the BAC, also known as the blood alcohol content and/or breath test. You will be arrested for a DUI if you are 21 years or older with a BAC of 0.08% and if you are younger than 21 with a BAC of 0.02%. Also if you are a commercial driver and your BAC is 0.04% you will be arrested. A DUI/DWI charge requires an experience and knowledgeable counsel. We take aggressive, proactive approach to our cases. Call The Gilson Law Firm P.L.L.C today 703-348-9808. Drug Crime Possession of drugs is a serious crime in Virginia. Drug possession carries punishments from probation to prison sentences and fines; all depending on the amount of the drug. The most common drug crime committed is possession of marijuana. Even a first offense, possession of marijuana faces thirty (30) days in jail and court fines. A second offense for possession of marijuana moves up to a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor faces up to twelve (12) months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. Distribution of drugs is a more severe offense. Marijuana is a common distributed drug. The Virginia Code Section 18.2-248.1 states that if the distribution of marijuana is not more than 1/2oz it is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the amount of marijuana is more than 1/2oz, but not more than five pounds it is a Class 5 felony. A Class 5 felony faces a maximum of ten (10) years in prison. Distribution of an illegal substance, such as cocaine and heroin, can result in prison even if it is a first offense. Call us today (703)348-9808. Harassment Harassment is defined as someone being accused of purposely annoying another person. It is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable with up to twelve (12) months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Harassment is usually done through emails or telephone. If there are threats of violence it can be considered stalking. Theft Crimes Theft is defined as taking someone else’s property without their consent either physically or deceivingly. Theft is a criminal charge which includes shoplifting, larceny, altering store tags, purchasing stolen property and bouncing checks. The value of the stolen item determines the punishment. If the stolen item is valued less than $200 it is considered petit larceny. The Virginia Code Section 18.2-96 states that petit larceny is punished as a class 1 misdemeanor. If the item is valued more than $200 it is considered a felony. Sex Crimes Sex crimes are relations forced either sexual or behavior that society considers to be inappropriate and against the social norms. Some sex crimes are rape, aggravated sexual battery, child pornography, and carnal knowledge of a minor. The punishments for sex crimes are serious with jail time, fines and result in having to register as a sex offender. These are very serious crimes and should be discussed with an attorney as soon as possible. Call the Gilson Law Firm now 703-248-9808. White Collar Crimes White collar crimes are known as nonviolent crimes for illegal financial gain. Some common white collar crimes involve fraud, embezzlement, counterfeiting, bribery, blackmail, extortion, etc. Crimes such as these require an experienced qualified criminal defense attorney. Call the Gilson Law Firm today 703-348-9808. Violent Crimes Violent crimes are crimes committed when an offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon a victim. These crimes are usually committed with a weapon. Violent crimes include assault and battery, malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, and acts of violence by mob, etc. A simple assault or assault and battery, as stated in the Virginia Code Section 18.2-57, is a class 1 misdemeanor. If an offender intentionally selects an individual by race, religious conviction, or national origin will be guilty of a class 6 felony. A class 6 felony faces a maximum of five (5) years in prison. Virginia Code Section 18.2-51 states if any person maliciously shoots, stab, cut, or wounds any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill can be found guilty of a Class 3 felony. A Class 3 felony is very serious and faces a maximum of twenty (20) years in prison. Crimes such as these must be discussed with an experienced attorney. Call the Gilson Law Firm today 703-348-9808. Juvenile Crimes A juvenile delinquent is a person under the age of 18 that commits a crime. However, depending on the type and severity of the offense committed, it is possible for persons under 18 to be charged and tried as an adult. We can advise you on criminal cases from misdemeanors to felonies.



Some Basic Facts:

If you drive over 80 mph, you might be facing jail time.

Si manejas a mas de 80mph, puedes ir a la carcel.

You should not be driving with a suspended driver's license.

No deberias de estar manejando con una licensia suspendida.

Never be disrespectful to a police officer.

Siempre se respetuoso al oficial de la policia.

No lawyer can guarantee you the outcome of your case.

Ningun abogado te puede garantizar los resultados de tu caso.

Do not text while driving. You can receive a fine.

No textees mientras manejas. Puedes recibir una multa.

Paying with a bad check can send you to jail.

Si pagas con cheques malos, te pueden mandar a la carcel.

Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol.

No manejes si has bebido alcohol.

Pay attention to the expiration of your license plates.

Preta atencion a las placas de tu carro para que no vensan.

Drunk in public can land you in jail.

Si estas borracho en publico, puedes ir a la carcel.

When you receive a ticket, the police releases the information to the public.

Cuando recibes una multa, la policia publica la informacion para el publico.

In Virginia: Criminal records are forever.

La historia criminal de usted, es para siempre.

If you drive 20 mph over the speed limit, you can receive a reckless driving ticket, which is a class 1 misdemeanor.

Si manejas mas de 20mph por arriba del limite de la senal de velocidad, puedes recibir una multa de manejo agresivo, la cual es una clase 1 de un delito.