Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Police officer putting handcuffs on a man with his hands behind his back on the Archangel Law Group website Criminal Law pageArchangel Law Group represents clients in criminal law cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia. For a criminal offense, an attorney protects the defendant’s legal rights. In these circumstances, going it alone is not an option. It is important to hire an experienced, professional criminal defense attorney. When the Commonwealth or an individual has brought criminal charges against a client, we help them understand the law. We help them understand its implications for their unique situation. At Archangel Law Group, we help them navigate the criminal justice system and craft an expert defense strategy. Whether during plea deal negotiations or courtroom appearances, we represent their voice and interests. We do this to achieve the best possible outcome for their case.

What is Criminal Law?

A criminal case is any case tried in either Circuit or General District court. Those court cases involve a defendant and the defense team, a Commonwealth’s Attorney, a judge, and possibly (a) jury. A criminal case is started after a crime is committed, causing the Commonwealth to bring charges against the defendant. In some cases, the defendant may be arrested. A criminal case usually includes several court appearances and, in some cases, a plea deal negotiation. The case ends with either a conviction and sentence (or, punishment) if the defendant is found guilty or an acquittal if the defendant is found not guilty. If procedural issues arise, the case or the charges themselves may also be dismissed.

There are two types of criminal offenses: Misdemeanors and Felonies.


A class one misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2500 fine. Examples of common misdemeanors are:

  • Trespassing
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Petit Larceny


On the other hand, felonies include more serious offenses. They carry a range of prison time of a year or more up to life imprisonment. Some examples of felonies are:

  • Murder
  • Malicious Wounding
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter or Rape
  • Fraud Offenses
  • Burglary
  • Possession of a Schedule I or II substance
  • Arson

For individuals, understanding the charges can be a daunting task

Archangel Law Group is here to explain their case and the relevant laws or statutes. Typical words during criminal cases include:

Miranda Rights:

This is given to someone during arrest as a spoken “Miranda warning.” Miranda Rights are used by law enforcement to make the detained party aware of certain rights

Plea Agreement:

This is an arrangement between a Commonwealth’s Attorney and the defendant. This is when the defendant enters a plea in exchange for something, and this is often for some sort of leniency.


This is a court proceeding at which a criminal defendant is formally advised of the charges against them.


The disclosure of documents relevant to the case by the Commonwealth’s attorney and the defense team is called discovery.

Capital Offense:

A capital offense is a crime that is punishable by the death penalty.

Your Trusted Attorneys for Criminal Law Cases

Archangel Law Group will take care of all the “moving pieces,” from filing confusing paperwork and advocating for you in the courtroom to plea deal negotiations. We work around complicated legal statutes and understand the nuances of state law. If there are any legal avenues that would prevent a conviction, we will advocate for them to expedite a favorable verdict.

At Archangel Law Group, we approach criminal law cases with confidentiality, dedication and honesty. You can trust that we will always do the right thing and work towards the best possible outcome for your case. Our team understands the stress and trauma that criminal allegations can cause. We will help you better understand your complex legal situation and the charges brought against you. We’ll implement a defense legal strategy should you need to appear in a court of law. (sounds like an afterthought)

Archangel Law Group

We are proud to represent clients in legal matters pertaining to Criminal Law, Civil LitigationWills, Trusts & Estates, Business Law, Family Law, and Traffic Court. If you need legal services or representation in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, Archangel Law Group is here for you. We serve clients in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and the surrounding counties of Hampton Roads, Virginia. We are here to help and discuss your specific legal situation and answer your questions. Contact our firm at (757) 389-7383, or get in touch with our staff by emailing us.