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Top 3 Criminal Defense Attorneys near Alexandria, VA

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3. Eric Shamis at King, Campbell & Poretz, PLLC




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  • Serves Alexandria, VA
Prior to joining King Campbell Poretz, Eric was a prosecutor with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for over eight years. During that time he tried over seventy five jury trials, and hundreds of bench trials. The criminal cases he handled were some of the most complex and important within Loudoun County over the past decade. He handled jury trials involving charges of murder, manslaughter, robbery, burglary, felony assault, illegal firearm possession, drug distribution, drug possession, DUI, felony DUI, reckless driving, and domestic assault, amongst others. This experience gave Eric an in-depth insight into how a case moves through the criminal justice system and how to interact and communicate effectively with all people involved to include the courts, the police, and the attorneys. During his time as a prosecutor Eric specifically focused on handling DUI and traffic-related criminal offenses. Between 2017 and 2020 he was part of a small team of attorneys who handled nearly all of the fatal traffic-related criminal cases in Loudoun County. Between 2014 and 2017 he handled the specialized “DUI blood docket” in Loudoun County, containing serious accident cases, and involving the most complex DUI legal issues. For the last four years Eric has been a part of the faculty in the “Defending DUI and Serious Traffic Cases” live seminar in Fairfax, which teaches DUI and traffic law to northern Virginia attorneys. As a prosecutor, Eric also regularly gave educational presentations to law enforcement officers on DUI and other criminal law topics. In his final years in the office, Eric handled some of the most significant homicide cases which went to trial in Loudoun County such as Commonwealth v. Tony Dane, Commonwealth v. Sergio Zuniga-Robles, Commonwealth v. Diamante Ellis, and Commonwealth v. Cameron Prince. These trials involved the presentation of complex issues such as DNA evidence, motor vehicle air-bag control module data, and medical evidence on issues of traumatic brain injury. Prior to his work at the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Eric worked for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, representing the State Department of Social Services. In that position he handled a large volume of cases in which he collected child support for needy children in northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.See more

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a defense attorney cost?

The average cost to hire a criminal defense attorney generally ranges from $100 to $350 per hour. Costs can vary, however, depending on the lawyer’s fees and the complexity of the case. Cases that involve more research, pre-trial time and negotiation may cost more. 

Other factors are the lawyer’s skill, experience and reputation. High-profile lawyers might charge higher rates than newer lawyers or those with less of a notable track record. 

To find out how much it will cost you to hire a defense lawyer, contact top-rated lawyers in your area.

You can also learn more about attorney fees by reading, “How much does a defense attorney cost?

How do I find a good defense attorney?

Take the time to carefully and thoroughly research criminal defense attorneys near you. Read testimonials from past clients, and make sure the attorneys you’re considering are properly licensed. 

You should also make sure the attorney has experience with your type of case. Some defense lawyers specialize in DUI cases while others specialize in assault, for example. 

The last step is to contact several defense attorneys and establish communication with them. Ask the right questions, and ask them to send you a breakdown of their pricing before you hire anyone.  

What does a criminal defense attorney do?

A criminal defense attorney takes on cases dealing with criminal charges or allegations, such as domestic violence, DUIs, drug possession, assault and more. They will manage a defendant’s case through each stage and may seek negotiations with prosecutors to avoid trial via a plea bargain. They may also examine witnesses, argue sentencing, research the judge presiding over the trial and gather evidence, such as character witnesses. 

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