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Criminal Defense


Legal Defense Across Fairfax, Prince William & Arlington Counties

Being accused of a crime is often a life-changer. Criminal accusations, arrests, and charges can derail your life, compromise your reputation and your livelihood, impact your family, and put stress and uncertainty into the future. Criminal convictions can have a profound impact on that future with potential jail or prison time, heavy fines, long probations, and other sanctions imposed by the courts. When facing all this, you may be overwhelmed by worry, confusion, and a lack of understanding. You need a trusted guide, ally, and advocate whose sole job is to help you achieve an optimum outcome.

At King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell, you can turn to a team of Alexandria criminal defense attorneys who have been recognized in the region for their superior legal ability. Our team has defended some of the most significant murder cases and other serious felony cases in the area. We bring decades of experience to your misdemeanor or felony case, whether at the state or federal level. 

Discuss your case in a confidential consultation with a criminal defense lawyer at King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell. Contact us at (703) 468-8557 to get started.

Comprehensive Criminal Defense Services in Alexandria

Our criminal defense team handles all misdemeanor and felony cases for clients from an investigation by law enforcement to arrest, the filing of formal charges, and all court hearings beyond through appeals. We represent individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC state and federal trial courts, Virginia appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

In all criminal cases, whether misdemeanors or felonies,  we believe in conducting thorough factual investigations, preparing witnesses for trial and cross-examination, and engaging in pretrial motion practice to limit or suppress evidence in addition to requesting other relief.

Defense for Felonies & Misdemeanors in Northern Virginia

Understanding the Role of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal defense lawyer, often simply referred to as a defense attorney, is a legal professional who specializes in defending individuals or organizations facing criminal charges. 

Their primary role is to advocate for their clients and ensure that their legal rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. Here are some key aspects of what a criminal defense lawyer does:

  • Legal advice: Defense lawyers provide legal advice to their clients regarding their rights, the charges they are facing, and the potential consequences of the legal proceedings.
  • Case analysis: They review the evidence against their clients, investigate the circumstances of the alleged crime, and identify any legal issues that may impact the case.
  • Defense strategy: Based on their analysis of the case, defense lawyers develop a defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of their clients' cases. This strategy may involve challenging the evidence, presenting witnesses, negotiating with prosecutors, or preparing for trial.
  • Negotiation with prosecutors: Defense lawyers often engage in negotiations with prosecutors to reach a plea bargain or settlement that is favorable to their clients. This may involve reducing charges, obtaining a lighter sentence, or securing alternative sentencing options.
  • Court representation: If the case goes to trial, defense lawyers represent their clients in court proceedings. This includes presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, making legal arguments, and advocating for their clients' innocence or for mitigating circumstances.
  • Post-trial advocacy: If their clients are convicted, defense lawyers may continue to advocate on their behalf during sentencing, seeking the most favorable outcome possible.

Throughout the entire process, defense lawyers work to protect their clients' rights, ensure fair treatment under the law, and achieve the best possible outcome given the circumstances of the case.

Experienced Alexandria Criminal Defense Attorneys Ready to Help

Our Alexandria criminal defense lawyers specialize in defending individuals or organizations charged with criminal offenses. We provide legal advice and representation to clients facing charges, including misdemeanors and felonies, ranging from traffic violations to murder.

A criminal defense attorney typically works to investigate the case and gather evidence to build their client's defense, analyze the applicable laws ad precedents, interview witnesses relevant to the case, negotiate plea deals, represent their client in trial if necessary, and draft appeals for cases that have already been decided. 

Ultimately, a criminal defense attorney is responsible for providing their client with aggressive advocacy and should protect their legal rights throughout the litigation process.

DUI & Serious Traffic Offenses:


  • State and federal appeals
  • Petitions for writ of habeas corpus – federal 2255 motions
  • Petitions for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court


  • Expungement of Virginia offenses or charges


  • State and federal forfeiture proceedings 


Our firm’s criminal defense attorneys, Ryan Campbell, Joseph King, Sean Sherlock, Sebastian M. Norton, Eric Shamis, and Kimberly Stover have deep backgrounds in criminal law. Our team includes former public defenders and prosecutors and alumni of the National Criminal Defense College. We defend allegations from misdemeanors to capital murder and appeals therefrom. We have defended high-profile clients facing serious felonies. 

Put a Seasoned Team on Your Side

Together, we have conducted hundreds of criminal trials and thousands of bench trials. Our criminal cases number in the thousands. When facing a legal challenge as serious as criminal accusations, your chances of achieving a favorable outcome are increased significantly when you have the depth of experience we bring on your side. While you may hire one of our attorneys to defend you, our attorneys share and support one another which puts a wealth of knowledge and insight into devising effective legal strategies for our clients. 

Book your case evaluation with an Alexandria criminal defense attorney by contacting us at (703) 468-8557 today. Hablamos Español.



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  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney by Avvo


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