Despite the Right to Bear Arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, state and federal governments have created a patchwork of complicated laws and regulations controlling the use, sale and possession of guns, firearms and other weapons.
When a firearm is used or discharged during a crime, the penalties are often enhanced dramatically.
When choosing a criminal defense attorney in Virginia for a weapon or firearm charge or to restore your gun rights, consider the attorney's training and experience fighting these specific types of criminal cases, in addition to the attorney fees and costs.
Some organizations, such as the NRA-ILA or the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc., maintains a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to consider cases involving their members after a criminal accusation involving the use or possession of a firearm. These attorneys are also experienced in helping people restore their gun rights.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
The VACDL in Richmond, VA, originated in 1992. As an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), this non-profit organization supports local criminal defense attorneys throughout networking opportunities, quality CLE seminars, and mentorship programs.