Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer
Welcome to the Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan
A Fairfax, Virginia traffic and criminal defense law firm, the Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan offers representation in felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses, traffic infractions, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Unlawful Substances cases. The Fairfax Criminal Defense law office diligently serves its clients and their legal objectives and has been open for business for 21 years.
The Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan is well known by professionals in the Virginia legal community and trusted by thousands of clients over the years. The Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan appears in the courts of Alexandria, Arlington, Caroline County, Fairfax City and County, Falls Church, the City of Fredericksburg, Herndon, Loudoun County, the Northern Neck area of Westmoreland and Northumberland counties, Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania, the Town of Vienna and Winchester. Attorney Yeargan also serves the Richmond, Virginia area including Henrico County and Chesterfield County.
Attorney Yeargan has practiced in Fairfax, Northern Virginia, and statewide for twenty-one (21) years and is personally available to answer your questions. He handles traffic infractions, misdemeanors and felony cases as defense counsel in Virginia state and federal courts. Contact his office today for a free initial consultation. There is free parking available at his professional office building. A courteous reception staff is available to make you comfortable upon your arrival.
Defense of Criminal Offenses: Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
When you are charged with a serious crime, Attorney Yeargan understands that it can impact your professional career, job prospects, security clearance, immigration status, and even personal relationships with your children and spouse. Attorney Wilfred Yeargan can assist you with the defense of your serious criminal case and mitigate the effect of these charges. His office has successfully helped clients in Virginia charged with drug crimes, property crimes, and serious violent offenses. His goal is to help get the charges dismissed, nolle prosequi (a form of dismissal without prejudice), or acquitted at trial so that the client may qualify for expungement/removal of the original arrest.
Attorney Yeargan handles drug cases such as Possession or Distribution of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Xanax, Oxycodone, and Ecstasy. He regularly defends clients charged with property offenses like Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Destruction of Property, Receipt of Stolen Property, Embezzlement, Forgery, Uttering and Credit Card Fraud. His law office has successfully defended clients in bench trials and jury trials for serious violent crimes such as Child Abduction, Malicious Wounding, and Assault and Battery.
If your child or loved one has a pending case in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts of Virginia, contact Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney Wilfred Yeargan for a free consultation. He often helps clients charged with misdemeanor Domestic Assault and Battery, juvenile theft charges, and felony sexual assault crimes in those courts. His knowledge of the law and potential defenses to those crimes has helped numerous clients achieve good outcomes.
Defense of Traffic Infractions in Virginia
Attorney Wilfred Yeargan is extremely experienced in the traffic courts of Virginia. He can assist you with dismissing or reducing your traffic offense so that you may avoid a conviction on your driving record, points imposed by the DMV, potential license suspension, or jail time. He negotiates with the prosecutor (Commonwealth Attorney) before the case is heard by the judge.
In most cases, Attorney Yeargan is able to help the client avoid trial and enter into an agreement with the prosecutor that is accepted by the judge. This helps the client keep a better driving record, avoid insurance rate hikes and administrative action by the Division of Motor Vehicles of Virginia. The case will be argued with the judge at trial if the case cannot be resolved by agreement with the prosecutor.
Routine traffic cases defended by this law office include, Hit and Run, Speeding, Driving Outside Restrictions of Restricted License, Driving on Suspended License, Driving Without Valid License, Turn Signal Violations, Disobeying a Highway Sign, and Toll Road Violations.
Reckless Driving Defense in Virginia
In Virginia, the most common type of misdemeanor traffic charge is Reckless Driving by Speed. This is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia and may result in high fines, jail time, license suspension of up to six months and a permanent criminal conviction on your criminal record. It stays on a driving record for eleven years and is a six point demerit conviction. Attorney Yeargan works with clients to help get these cases dismissed or reduced to a traffic infraction, so that it does not go on a permanent criminal record.
Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney Wilfred Yeargan has handled thousands of these charges and advises clients to prepare before court to get the best possible result. In Reckless Driving by Speed cases, it is advisable to get a Speedometer Calibration of your vehicle. This helps to mitigate the offense by demonstrating that the vehicle was traveling at a greater rate of speed than the speedometer displayed at the time of the stop. Clients are also advised to complete a driving improvement class before court (although in certain counties you want to wait until after the first court appearance), and get a copy of their driving record after the class is finished. In Virginia, drivers are awarded +5 points for completing a class, and may do one once every two years.
There are many statutes in Virginia besides Reckless Driving by Speed that criminalize driving behavior as misdemeanor Reckless Driving. Some of the common types of Reckless Driving charged in the state include Passing a Stopped School Bus, Reckless Driving by Conduct (Accident cases) and Racing. If you have a pending misdemeanor Reckless Driving charge, contact the law office today. A conviction can impact your future employment opportunities, immigration status and security clearance.
Defense of Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol Cases
Virginia aggressively prosecutes DUI and DWI cases in the state and clients need to thoroughly prepare before trial to achieve the best possible outcome. As a first offense it is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor and may result in fines of up to $2,500.00, license suspension of 12 months, jail time of up to 12 months and required completion of the Alcohol Safety Action Program. Persons convicted may be required to get special insurance called SR-22 insurance. A restricted drivers license is usually available on first offenses, but an ignition interlock device must now be installed on all vehicles used by the driver.
These harsh penalties usually result in more DUI cases going to trial in the State of Virginia. Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney Yeargan thoroughly analyzes the stop in every DUI case to determine if there was reasonable articulable suspicion for the initial stop and probable cause for the arrest. Each technical defense is explored to prepare the case for trial. Forensic records for the testing machines are obtained from the Division of Forensic Sciences in Richmond. In appropriate cases, Attorney Yeargan recommends that the client hire a toxicologist as an expert witness.
Attorney Wilfred Yeargan offers a free initial consultation in DUI cases and advises the new client about the best strategies to use in court. He will explain the possible defenses and likelihood of obtaining a dismissal or reduction of the charge to Reckless Driving or some other offense. Contact his office today to schedule your appointment and discuss the facts of your case.