Criminal Defense

A Client-Focused Criminal Defense Firm


Criminal charges are serious matters. As such, Valverde & Rowell takes these matters seriously as well. You will be able to breathe easier knowing that the attorneys at Valverde & Rowell have years of successfully defending criminal charges. Criminal charges such as assault and battery, traffic violations, drug possessions, illegal search and theft crime, if convicted can change your future. You will want an attorney who treats your future as they would their own.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, seemingly minor criminal convictions can have very serious immigration consequences. The attorneys at Valverde & Rowell understand that criminal convictions can affect not only your liberty, but also your immigration status. With this understanding in hand, the attorneys are dedicated to defending against any criminal charges against you while at the same time making sure that your immigration status remains protected.

Traffic Violations – Take any Traffic Violation Seriously & Get Legal Help –  The courts in Virginia Beach are particularly tough on traffic violations. Judges take traffic tickets seriously. You can get in serious trouble with significant fines and points on your insurance record. Don’t take a traffic violation lightly. This includes a wide range of traffic violations such as DUI/DWI, underage drinking, driving on a suspended or revoked license, speeding, reckless driving, school zone violations, failure to yield and even bench warrants. Get prompt, knowledgeable and aggressive legal help.

Assault & Battery / Domestic Violence – Sometimes, arguments simply get out of hand. When fights become physical, there can be serious criminal penalties for those found guilty of assault, aggravated assault, battery or domestic violence. The consequences of criminal conviction can have a significant impact not only on your immediate situation but also on your long-term prospects. If you have been accused of domestic violence or you were involved in a bar fight, you need strong criminal defense to protect your rights and freedom.

Drug Possession – Marijuana & Drug Possession Offenses Can Change your Future – While possession of marijuana is generally considered a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, any drug possession charge can have a significant impact on your rights and your record. The penalties of conviction in the Virginia Beach jurisdiction can be harsh, up to and including jail time, heavy fines, the loss of your driver’s license, community service, and — most importantly — a permanent mark on your record.

Illegal Searches – Unlawful Search Attorneys Protecting Your Constitutional Rights – You are protected by the constitution against unreasonable search and seizure by the police or other government employees. A search is when there is an invasion into an area where you could reasonably expect privacy. A seizure is when your freedom is restrained or your property is taken.

Juvenile Crimes – Protecting your Future – While no one expects his or her college student or teenager to go out and run afoul of the law, it can and unfortunately does happen. Maybe your child was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe he or she was a victim of peer pressure or bullying. Maybe he or she actually did commit the crime, and needs guidance to get back on track. Whatever the circumstances, we care about helping young people understand their situations and take positive steps forward to a better future.

Theft Crimes – Shoplifting Charges & Other Theft Crime Offenses –  The penalties for theft, known in legal terms as larceny, depend entirely on the value of the item or items stolen. In Virginia, stealing something valued over $200 is generally considered grand larceny, a felony offense subject up to a maximum of 20 years in jail. However, even the penalties for lesser theft crimes such as petty larceny or shoplifting, which are Class 1 misdemeanors, are strict, up to and including one year in jail. We defend clients throughout the Hampton Roads area whom are charged with shoplifting, employee theft, robbery, burglary and petty larceny.

Keep in mind that theft crimes can affect your immigration status!  If you are a legal immigrant working or living in the United States, a criminal conviction for shoplifting or any sort of theft crime could be considered a crime of moral turpitude, and can be used as grounds to start deportation and removal proceedings. Therefore, if you have been charged with a theft crime or any other type of crime, it is important that you contact a firm that has experience handling both criminal defense and immigration matters.

Should You Hire an Attorney for a Misdemeanor Charge? –  In Virginia, misdemeanors can carry heavy penalties, including up to one year in jail or a $2,500 fine. In addition to the penalties which may be imposed by the court, a conviction on your record can impact future employment and other opportunities. In today’s competitive marketplace, defending against any charge is very important.

Don’t be mistaken by thinking that a misdemeanor is not a big deal or can be taken lightly. It would be a good idea to have an attorney with you in most cases. Again, this covers the traffic violations, trespassing, assault & batter, domestic violence, probation violations and more.

If you have a pending criminal charge, such as, driving without a license, DUI, assault and battery, or theft, and are concerned about your liberty or your immigration status, contact Valverde & Rowell at 757-422-8472 to schedule a consult and see what the best course of action is. We are located in Virginia Beach but happy to help all those in Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas, don’t delay, call us today!

Valverde & Rowell, P.C. ATTORNEYS[ ]
  • Bradford A. Miller
    Bradford A. Miller
    Associate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
  • Hugo Raul Valverde
    Hugo Raul Valverde
    Partner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
  • R. Barry Rowell
    R. Barry Rowell
    Partner at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.
  • Andrew J. Reigel
    Andrew J. Reigel
    Associate at Valverde & Rowell, P.C.