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A Criminal Defense Attorney with Prior Prosecution Experience

If you have been charged with a crime in Virginia, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For nearly 20 years, attorney Anita Van McFadden has been fighting to defend her clients’ rights, and utilizing her experience and skills to get results. As a prior state prosecutor, attorney Anita McFadden is intimately familiar with all facets of the Virginia criminal justice system and has the experience, knowledge and skilled ability to help guide you through the process and ensure you understand your legal options. No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured we will help you overcome it, and will work to attain the best possible result for you.

Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
The McFadden Law Office, PLLC represents clients for misdemeanor criminal cases including:

  • Assault and Battery
  • Trespass
  • Property damage
  • Petit Larceny/Theft
  • Drug Possession/Marijuana
  • Underage possession of Alcohol
  • Telephone/Computer Harassment

The McFadden Law Office, PLLC is experienced and skilled in helping clients ensure employment and educational opportunities are not negatively impacted by dismissed criminal charges and can help clients navigate and successfully complete the process to clear their records.

DUI/DWI Offenses
We understand that good people make mistakes. We strive to satisfy our client’s emotional, financial and legal needs by zealously representing their interests at every turn. We understand the complexity of Virginia’s DUI laws, and analyze every aspect of your case — from the initial traffic stop to blood tests — to build your defense. We know what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and challenge the evidence against you at every turn. We work hard and thoroughly investigate and prepare your case, we make sure you understand all of your legal options, and strive for the results you desire.

What To Do If You Have Been Drinking
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways you can help yourself.

  • Remain Calm. Police officers can interpret nervousness in your voice as a sign that you are hiding something or are intoxicated. Whether you have consumed alcohol or not, remaining calm is a good way to minimize questions regarding your sobriety during a traffic stop.
  • Have a Clean Center Console or Glove Box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be misinterpreted for intoxication. Keeping a glove box or center console neat and clean allows you to swiftly grab your credentials and present them to a police officer.
  • Know Your Rights. You have the right not to consent to a search of a vehicle. Please keep in mind that any evidence found in your car during a traffic stop could be used to support a DUI conviction.
  • Contact a DWI Attorney Immediately.

Traffic Violations and Offenses
While many view traffic violations as minor infractions and nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license. We do not underestimate the seriousness of traffic violations and doggedly work on your behalf to get the charges you face reduced or dismissed.

The McFadden Law Office, PLLC represents clients for traffic violation cases including:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Speeding
  • Expired Registration/Expired License
  • Disregarding Red Light/Stop Sign/Traffic Control Device
  • Improper Lane Change/Improper Turn
  • Failure to Signal When Changing Lanes
  • Failure to Wear a Seat Belt
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Driving Without a License
  • Suspended License/Driving on a Revoked License
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents/Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The Process
We take a detail-oriented approach to criminal and traffic offense cases. We interview you to obtain as much information as possible regarding the circumstances surrounding your charge, examining every aspect of your case including confirming the police officer at the scene followed and obeyed standard, required procedures. We explore every scenario and legal option to determine your best course of action.

Don’t Delay, Contact The McFadden Law Office, PLLC Today   
When you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime or traffic violation, choose a criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 703.988.0123 or contact us online to schedule an appointment