Criminal Law Attorneys Protecting the Rights of the Residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
If you or someone you love is facing possible legal issues, the future may seem uncertain. This is particularly true if you’ve never dealt with the legal system before. The court systems throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) are highly complex, and a lack of experience with the processes and regulations governing criminal cases will leave you feeling intimidated while your life hangs in the balance.
It doesn’t matter if you were a victim of circumstance and in the wrong place when the criminal activity occurred, or if you simply made a mistake. The criminal justice system is a machine that can grind you up if you don’t have the right resources to successfully guide you through the process.
When you’re facing criminal charges, time is not on your side. Don’t delay — seek help from the Washington DC based criminal legal advocates at Gowen Silva & Winograd, PLLC. We work to aggressively protect your rights from overzealous prosecutors and help you navigate through the legal complexities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia courts system.
What to Do If You Are Charged With a Crime
If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, time is essential. From the moment the police arrive, your mind should be focused on finding legal representation to protect your rights. While the law requires the option of legal representation and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, we’ve all seen the stories that reflect poorly on a justice system that is sometimes not fair or just.
That’s precisely where Gowen Silva & Winograd PLLC can help.
Gowen Silva & Winograd, PLLC, offers our clients years of experience in criminal matters ranging from DUI offenses, drug possession or distribution, domestic violence, theft, assaults, sexual assaults, and weapons charges. From misdemeanors to felonies, our legal team can evaluate your case and provide you with skilled representation needed to protect your rights.
Everyone deserves to have someone on their side during a criminal proceeding. Gowen Silva & Winograd provides a team of legal experts for an aggressive defense against all types of legal charges, including:
- Assault and battery
- Burglary and theft
- Child abuse
- Disorderly conduct
- Domestic violence
- Financial crimes
- Homicide and murder
- Internet crimes
- Juvenile offenses
- Narcotic violations
- Sex crimes
- Traffic offenses
If you’ve been charged with a crime or are under investigation by the police, it’s time to seek the assistance of a skilled and dedicated legal team. We can guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the best treatment possible under the law.
How a Criminal Lawyer Can Help Your Case
In today’s complex and stressful criminal court system, having an experienced lawyer on your side can make the difference between the success or failure of your defense. Gowen Silva & Winograd can stand beside you at all points during the legal process to ensure your case has the best chance of a positive outcome.
Our experienced team can help:
- Provide guidance during law enforcement interviews.Even if you are innocent, you should never speak with investigators without an attorney present. Law enforcement can ask confusing, unfair, or even improper questions that can trap you into additional charges. Our firm can guide these interviews to protect your rights while helping you understand what’s happening during the investigation.
- Conduct an independent investigation of the facts of the caseand assemble vital information to establish your innocence or lessen the impact of the court proceeding.
- Negotiate with law enforcement and prosecutorsto strike the best deal possible during the investigation, trial, and sentencing. Having skilled negotiators on your side is crucial to protecting the rights of you and your loved ones.
- Provide an aggressive and professional legal defense. We’ve seen our work change the outcomes of numerous criminal court proceedings, lessening the impact and improving the outcomes of these challenging situations.
It is the investigator’s job to close the criminal case. In many instances, this means that the truth is served. But we’ve all heard about those cases where innocent people have failed to receive the justice promised under the law and fallen victim to bad representation and overzealous police and prosecutors.
Gowen Silva & Winograd represents clients at every stage of the criminal process, from investigation, arraignment, preliminary examination, pre-trial, plea negotiations, trial, and appeal.
Representing Students in University Discipline Hearings
A special area of legal representation exists for college students charged under an academic code of contact. When this happens, the academic standing and very future of the student is at risk. When students are charged with a criminal or academic code of conduct violation, it’s as if the very institution charged with serving the student has turned its back against them.
Violating the student code of conduct can have serious implications, including:
- University suspension
- Loss of campus or housing rights
- Disciplinary academic probation
- Notations on your student record that could lessen your chances of continuing advanced education
- Expulsion from the institution
University procedures in these cases are often a hybrid between a criminal proceeding and an academic disciplinary hearing. Defending yourself in these situations requires experienced attorneys able to lessen the risk to your current academic and future professional reputation.
If you’ve been charged with a violation of university codes, contact our office immediately. Do not talk with the school, campus police, or other students about the situation. We can help protect your rights and ensure the best outcome in your case.
Protecting Your Rights in DC, MD and VA DUI Cases
The Washington, DC area has some of the toughest laws in the nation when it comes to drunk driving. Whether you’ve been charged with DWI, DUI, or OWI, our team of dedicated DUI defense attorneys can help. These are charges that you never want to take lightly. A conviction could mean steep fines, jail time, and other serious consequences. We have a strong track record of helping clients face DUI charges and achieving a positive outcome.
Experienced DMV Criminal Attorneys
Facing criminal charges is frightening and frustrating. Don’t attempt to navigate these legal challenges with an overworked court-appointed public defender. There is simply too much at stake if a criminal conviction occurs:
- Thousands of dollars in fees and fines
- Hours of community service time
- Months of jail or years of prison time
- The loss of driving privileges
- The destruction of your reputation
- The loss of your job and future employment opportunities
- Disruption and stress for your family and loved ones
Every second counts when building a criminal defense. On the other side of the legal line, criminal prosecutors work quickly to build a case to prove your guilt. Our attorneys work diligently to counteract these efforts, clear your name, and achieve the most favorable result.
When the unthinkable happens and you’ve been charged with a crime, call the Washington DC based legal team of Gowen Silva & Winograd, PLLC. We offer our clients throughout the DMV the peace of mind that comes with years of experience in criminal proceedings, and we can help you seek justice.
Contact us today at (202) 408-5400 or through our website contact form for a free evaluation of your case.