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Charlottesville criminal defense attorneys protecting your rights

When you face a criminal charge, you must retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your freedom is on the line and there is no time to waste. A criminal defense lawyer can advocate for your rights and advise you on the best strategies for your case. At Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C., we have extensive experience in criminal matters including traffic violations, DUIs, sex crimes, drug crimes and murder charges.

Sex, drug and murder charges in Charlottesville

Some of the most serious crimes you can be charged with are those involving sex, drugs or murder. Our attorneys have the skill necessary to handle these complicated cases. We represent clients who are charged with:

  • Sex crimes. In Virginia, sex offenses are divided into four categories: forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. If you are charged with a sex crime, you can be sentenced to a maximum sentence of life in prison, depending on the type of offense, the age and other facts about the victim, and the circumstances of the offense.
  • Drug crimes. Manufacturing, selling, distributing, and possessing drugs are all criminal acts in Virginia. The fines for a drug offense can be steep, and you could be facing up to 10 years in prison. If you are charged, your punishment is based largely on the type of drug involved: the more addictive the drug, the harsher your sentence.
  • Murder. Getting convicted of murder can destroy your life. You will be facing many years, if not life, in prison. In Virginia, you may even face the death penalty for a capital murder (one that is willful, deliberate and premeditated). First- and second-degree murders also hold serious charges.

These charges should not be taken lightly. Being convicted of any of these crimes will have massive effects on your life. If you have been arrested for any of these crimes, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

  • Misdemeanor & Felony Charges
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Assault
  • Assault & Battery
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Related Charges
  • Concealed Weapon
  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
  • Destruction of Property
  • Drug Related Charges – Possession, Distribution, manufacture
  • Drunk In Public
  • DUI
  • Email & Phone Harassment
  • Embezzlement
  • Fake ID
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Grand Larceny
  • Hit & Run
  • Homicide
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Indecent Liberties of a Minor
  • Malicious Wounding
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Obtain Money by False Pretenses
  • Open Container
  • Rape
  • Sex Related Charges
  • Shoplifting & Petit Larceny
  • Sodomy
  • Strangulation
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Sexual Assault Misconduct Issues
  • Title IX Issues
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Expungement
  • Protective Order Issues
  • Refusal
  • Expired Registration
  • Failure to Wear Seatbelt
  • Failure to Stop at Stop Sign
  • Failure to Yield
  • Leaving Scene of Accident
  • No Operator License
  • Reckless Driving
  • Running Red Light
  • Speeding

Traffic violations and DUI in Charlottesville, VA

When you are on the road, you are expected to follow traffic laws and drive responsibly. Many traffic violations are only minor infractions, but sometimes they can be more. We handle traffic violations including:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving with an expired license or registration
  • Running a red light
  • Failing to signal
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt
  • Driving without a license
  • Leaving an accident scene

Driving while under the influence (DUI) is one of the most serious traffic offenses. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, you can be charged with a DUI. The charges for a DUI include license suspension or revocation, major fines or even jail time. A knowledgeable traffic violations attorney in Charlottesville can help you get these charges reduced or dropped.

STRAIGHT TALK – A weekly show hosted by firm partner Andre Hakes discussing Social Justice and Social Movements.  Tune-in to 94.7 FM Charlottesville on Saturday mornings from 10-11.  The following are several podcasts from her show:

Straight Talk with Anne Posey, Charlottesville Board of Elections and DeShon Langston  Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with newly minted Charlottesville Voter, DeShon Langston, and President of the City of Charlottesville Board of Elections, Anne Posey Hemenway, about Governor McAuliffe’s April 22, 2016 Executive Order which restored voting rights to over 200,000 Virginians and what it means to the people of Virginia. It’s not just about voting, either.

Straight Talk with Maggie Cullinan & Jeff Lenert, Charlottesville Victim Witness Program and Parole Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with Maggie Cullinan, Director of the Charlottesville Victim Witness Program and Jeff Lenert, Senior Probation Officer at District 9 Probation and Parole (and a WPVC co-founder), about their work in the criminal justice system.

Straight Talk with Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine courts and legal writer.  Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with Slate Magazine courts and legal writer Dahlia Lithwick about the SCOTUS vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death, Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland, and the upcoming term.

Straight Talk with Palma Pustilnik, Sexual Misconduct Policies at the University of Virginia.  This week Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with local attorney Palma Pustilnik about the sexual misconduct board policies and procedures at the University of Virginia. Hakes believes that the process is unfair to accused students, Pustilnik objects to this characterization of the process.

Straight Talk with JoJo Robertson, Talks about bullying of all types.  This week Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with JoJo Robertson of the Albemarle chapter of Stand for the Silent talks about bullying of all types: Up Close and Personal, and the Cyber-flavor.

Straight Talk with Robert Davis, Pardoned in 2015 after Arrest for Murder in 2003 This week Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with Robert Davis and Charlottesville attorney Steven Rosenfield about Davis’s arrest in 2003 for murder and his subsequent pardon in December 2015.

Straight Talk with Jim Coan, UVA Psychology Professor Discusses Problems with Eyewitness Testimony This week Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with  UVA Psychology Professor, Jim Coan about memory formation, and problems with eyewitness testimony.

Straight Talk with Jon Zug, New Albemarle Clerk of Circuit Court This week Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with Charlottesville Clerk of Circuit Court Jon Zug.

Straight Talk with John Childrey & Rob Poggenklass about Civil Forfeiture This week WPVC’s Straight Talk host André Hakes talks with Deputy CWA John Childrey and ACLU attorney Rob Poggenklass about civil forfeiture.

Straight Talk with Denise Lunsford & Robert Tracci, Candidates for Albemarle Co Commonwealth’s Attorney On the October 31, 2015 edition of Straight Talk with André Hakes on 94.7, the two candidates running forAlbemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney dropped by the studio to answer questions and explain why they want the position. Denise Lunsford (D) is the incumbent seeking a second eight-year term. Robert Tracci (R) is hoping to unseat Lunsford.

Get help from a dedicated Virginia criminal defense attorney today

The criminal defense attorneys at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. protect your rights after you have been charged with a crime. We are prepared to thoroughly investigate your case and negotiate a positive resolution for you. Call us at 434-326-1649 or contact us online to speak to our Charlottesville and Lake Monticello, Virginia attorneys today.


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