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Charlottesville Criminal Lawyers

A criminal charge puts your reputation, lifestyle and sometimes your freedom at risk. If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, you may face heavy fines, probation and even jail or prison time. Our criminal lawyers understand the stakes you are facing and we have the extensive experience and knowledge needed to stand up for your rights. We offer a free case evaluation with one of our criminal lawyers where will be able to discuss the charges you are facing, our fees, and an overview of the criminal law services we will be able to provide you. Our office is located in downtown Charlottesville, next to the courthouses. Our criminal lawyers are in the local courts, in front of the local judges and in fighting for client’s rights against local prosecutors several days of every week. Call today at (434) 972-9600 or contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

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How Our Criminal Lawyers Can Help You


A felony conviction can result in a loss of basic constitutional rights, including the right to vote and the right to own a firearm. A felony conviction can also result in a significant jail or prison sentence. In Virginia, there are six classes of felonies. Penalties can range from less than a year in prison to death or life in prison. A criminal lawyer experienced with handling felonies can best protect your rights.


Although jail time is possible in a misdemeanor case, the greater concern for many first-time offenders is the possibility of a permanent criminal record. A conviction for theft, trespassing. shoplifting or another misdemeanor offense can look bad on a job application and can have serious implications for future employment options.

Sentences for misdemeanors can range from a fine only to up to a year in jail and a substantial fine.

Misdemeanor cases typically begin with an arraignment in General District Court. At the arraignment, the accused is notified of the charges he or she faces. If the crime is a misdemeanor, the court will set a date for a trial where the judge will hear evidence presented by the prosecutor as well as evidence offered by the accused’s criminal defense lawyer. Our criminal lawyer is a former prosecutor, and he understands how cases are presented and how best to defend your rights.

Reckless Driving

You have a lot at stake when you’ve been charged with reckless driving. but you don’t have to face this alone. We are located in Charlottesville, but we try cases in the surrounding counties of Greene, Nelson, Augusta, Fluvanna, Louisa, Albemarle and all over central Virginia. Our lead reckless driving attorney is a former prosecutor who has over 20 years of hard fought experience gained through handling thousands of criminal law cases in court.


Our lead DUI attorney is a former prosecutor who has over 20 years of hard fought experience gained through handling thousands of criminal law cases in court. A first offense DUI in Virginia is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is a criminal charge. Penalties can be substantially higher for second offenses and can include mandatory minimum sentences m jail. Persons charged with a third or subsequent DUI can be convicted of a felony depending on the circumstances. A felony DUI conviction can lead to a long term of incarceration and permanent revocation of the right to drive in Virginia.


Shoplifting may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the item or items allegedly stolen. A criminal conviction can have a devastating effect. An experienced criminal lawyer will be able to protect your rights.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes include offenses such as antitrust, healthcare fraud, medicare fraud, fraud, tax offenses, securities violations, money laundering. embezzlement, bribery, public corruption, theft of trade secrets, economic espionage, and environmental crimes generally committed tn commercial settings by individuals or corporations for financial gain.

Fake ID

False identification crimes include more than simply using a false document to enter a club or obtain alcohol or cigarettes illegally. It is also illegal to possess, alter, make, sell, or distribute a fake ID, or to loan your own ID to a friend to use, or assist a person in any way with obtaining a fake ID.


If a defendant is charged but not convicted, he or she may be eligible for expungement. An expungement removes the criminal charge from a person’s record and the clerk’s office will remove all documentation regarding the charge from the court files. If you have been acquitted and want to ensure that the charge does not show up on a criminal background check, you should consider contacting a lawyer.

Alcohol Related Crimes

Alcohol-related offenses include drunk in public, underage drinking, possession of fake identification, disorderly conduct and others. The offenses are punishable as criminal misdemeanors in Virginia, and can therefore result m permanent criminal records, as well as fines, probation, and even jail. If you have been charged with an alcohol-related offense, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your case and determine your best course of action.

Drug Related Crimes

Drug related crimes include possession and distribution of marijuana and other illegal drugs, prescription medication, and others. Whether a drug crime is charged as a misdemeanor or felony depends on the class of the drug. Many drugs, such as psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine, and methamphetamine are listed on Schedule I or II. Possession of a Schedule I or II drug is a Class 5 felony that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Suspended License

Driving Suspended is a criminal misdemeanor in Virginia and is therefore a serious traffic offense. Punishments for driving suspended can include probation, jail, and additional suspension of your license.

High Quality Representation

To protect your rights you need a knowledgeable defense team that can review and challenge the government’s case. Our attorneys have 20 years of extensive experience in defending clients in all state and federal courts. We have the ability to evaluate the strength of the prosecutor’s case, and how to negotiate for lesser charges or obtain alternative sentencing options. In the event a resolution acceptable to the client is not available, the firm has extensive and successful experience in defending criminal cases at the trial and appeal level. 

Charlottesville Criminal Lawyers

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If you are facing criminal charges, our criminal lawyers we are here to protect your rights.  For a free criminal law case evaluation, call us today at (434) 972-9600 or email us using the form below.

Please note that the use of our contact form does not create an attorney-client relationship and therefore there is no attorney-client protection for the information you choose to submit to us.  As such, please do not submit any confidential or privileged information in the contact form.

We are located in Charlottesville, but our lawyers handle cases in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Madison County, Orange County, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and across Virginia.

Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
211 E High St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone:  (434) 972-9600
Fax:  (434) 220-0011

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