Unprecedented approach to
Criminal Defense

Vanguard Law represents a diverse clientele ranging from Criminal Defense and Immigration to Corporate and Government Compliance.


Why You Should Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense can be one of the most traumatizing events in a person's life. Most people accused of a criminal offense, be it a Misdemeanor or a Felony, are not the stereotypical career criminals. Instead, they may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The problem most people face when dealing with a criminal charge is our broken criminal justice system. While you might be innocent of the charge, our criminal justice system is designed to find you guilty. There is a saying within the legal community that Lady Justice is blind, but in the real world, that is not true. In our system, you're essentially guilty until proven innocent.

This is why it is essential for every person charged with a crime to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent them. However, it is our stance as a law firm that on top of hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you must also have a strong relationship with your attorney built on trust. While we will always devote ourselves to building trust between ourselves and our clients, we know sometimes it might not be a good fit for whatever reason. That is why we have come up with some questions you should always ask your lawyer when determining if they are the right fit for you.

  • How many clients are you currently representing?
  • If I hire you, would there be any time when I can
    not reach you?
  • What is the likely outcome of my case?
  • What type of law does your firm specialize in?


At Vanguard Law, instead of having just one attorney handle your case, we assign two expert criminal defense attorneys to each case. This is above and beyond any other criminal law firm. Other law firms will only have one attorney review discovery, sit with you briefly and go over your case, and represent you at court. Our firm will dedicate two attorneys that scour through discovery, both attorneys will meet with you and go over all aspects of your case as much as needed for your reassurance, and both attorneys will be there with you in court for trial!


Recently Virginia has taken a hardline approach in prosecuting DWI/DUI charges. While it is rational to believe that the only time someone can be charged with these charges is if they were under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug, even driving after taking prescribed medications can result in a DUI charge.

The penalties for a DWI/DUI depend on a number of factors. These factors include but are not limited to the number of previous DWI/DUI convictions you have, your blood alcohol level, and your age.



Traffic charges can result in severe consequences, such as fines, points, and even a license suspension. Luckily, the Virginia legislature has recently granted courts a great deal of discretion when dealing with these charges. An effective defense team will be able to help you navigate the nuances of these new options and mitigate any potential negative impact.


Possession of a controlled substance is an extremely serious crime in Virginia. With the Opioid crisis raging in the United States, the Virginia legislature and prosecuting attorneys have taken a strong stance in prosecuting these crimes. Simple possession cases are treated as a class 5 felony, with a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. This is why it is absolutely necessary to have a skilled criminal defense team behind you when fighting these charges.



Being charged with assault or a related crime in Virginia is very serious and could lead to either a misdemeanor or felony conviction, depending on the nature and severity of the alleged offense. If you’re convicted of assault, and especially if this conviction is classified as a felony, you could face major difficulties finding employment, housing, loans, financial aid, and other important provisions of living in the future. However, with the help of our expert defense team, you’ll significantly improve your chances of having your charges lowered or even dismissed.


Being charged with a federal crime can be one of the most frightful experiences a person can go through. The Federal court system is an extremely complex one designed to force individuals to plead out. However, the attorneys at Vanguard Law have extensive experience in defending individuals in all matters, and if you have an experienced and knowledgeable defense team behind you, you should not fear.