Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Charges Are Always Serious

Criminal charges in Virginia can range from misdemeanors on up to serious felonies. If you have been charged with a serious offense, like a sex crime, drug trafficking, domestic violence, or murder, you know you need a lawyer.
For lesser crimes, such as traffic tickets or a DUI, you may think it is easier to simply pay the ticket and avoid the hassle of contacting an attorney. Don’t make that mistake.
P. Scott DeBriun can protect your rights and will fight for you in Central Virginia.

No matter the criminal charge, working with an attorney is beneficial. For serious felonies, it is absolutely essential, as only your own attorney will protect your rights and your future. Everyone else in the criminal justice system is working to convict you and put you behind bars. Our attorney, P. Scott De Bruin, understands how to aggressively protect your rights and build an effective defense.

Speak with Your Attorney First

Because law enforcement and a prosecutor’s job is to obtain your conviction, you never want to speak to them without your attorney. When arrested, for any charge, immediately ask for an attorney and politely inform the police the interrogation is ended. This protects you from inadvertent statements that can only harm your defense.

Our firm is experienced at handling a wide range of criminal law offenses in the Lynchburg area, including:

  • Traffic violations, including speeding tickets and out-of-state traffic ticket
  • DUIs and driving under the influence of drugs
  • Firearm violations and the setting up of gun trusts
  • Drug possession and distribution
  • Sex crimes
  • Child pornography
  • All serious felonies
  • All misdemeanors
  • Expungement

Do You Need a Gun Trust After Being Charged with a Felony?

P. Scott DeBruin is knowledgeable on the effects of felony convictions on your right to possess a gun. We can set up a “gun trust” to prevent the need for you to sell off your guns when criminal charges make it impossible for you to legally possess a firearm or transfer them to your family.

A gun trust can protect your guns and prevent you from inadvertently violating the terms of your sentence during your parole or probation.

Need a Lawyer? Let Us Help You

The effects of a criminal charge can be devastating. Any statement made to law enforcement can and will be used against you in court. Only by having your own attorney can you protect your rights and your case. Call us at 434-847-3225 or use our online form.