Criminal Defense

Staunton Criminal Defense Lawyers

Trusted Legal Counsel & Aggressive Representation Since 1990

Under the United States Constitution, every person has the right to be presumed innocent of a crime for which they are accused until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, as local law enforcement and state prosecutors often act swiftly to build a case against you, it can feel as though your future has already been determined. This is not the case.

If you have been arrested for, charged with, or are even simply under investigation for a crime, you have the right to a criminal defense attorney in Staunton. Tucker Griffin Barnes provides aggressive legal representation for those accused of serious crimes, including sex crimes, violent crimes, and traffic offenses. We are prepared to put over 30 years of legal experience on your side.

Call (540) 328-2808 or contact us online for a confidential case evaluation today.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle

At Tucker Griffin Barnes, we represent individuals who have been accused of a wide variety of criminal offenses, including:

  • Sex crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Title IX sexual misconduct (relating to sex-based discrimination/college campus reporting)
  • Domestic assault
  • DUI
  • Traffic violations

A large portion of our criminal defense practice focuses on people who are under investigation for or who have been charged with sex crimes. We understand the complex and sensitive nature of these matters, as well as the potentially life-altering societal consequences of an accusation or conviction.

In all cases, our criminal defense lawyers in Staunton conduct thorough investigative and pre-trial work. While many cases are resolved before ever going to trial, we are fully prepared to represent you in the courtroom whenever necessary.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor in Virginia?

Yes! Even if you have been charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony offense, the penalties for being convicted for a misdemeanor can still include hefty fines and jail time. Class 1 misdemeanors in Virginia can land you with up to $2,500 in fines and up to 12 months in jail.

Class 1 misdemeanors can include:

  • DUI
  • Reckless Driving
  • Petty Theft
  • Assault
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Some forms of drug possession

Additionally, misdemeanors can stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life. This can impact your ability to find employment or, if you are an immigrant, your status in the United States. A professional defense lawyer can help fight to protect your rights.

Trust Our Team for Tireless Defense

At Tucker Griffin Barnes, we are prepared to fight hard for our clients. We have helped people achieve favorable outcomes—even when things seemed hopeless. While we (nor any honest attorney) cannot guarantee any specific result for your case, we can assure you that our Staunton criminal defense attorneys will fight tirelessly for you, your rights, and your freedom.

If you have been arrested or believe you are under investigation in Central Virginia, do not wait. Contact an experienced Staunton criminal defense attorney at our firm when you call (540) 328-2808 or fill out our online form.


Our Clients Say It Best
  • Personal Injury Client

    Highly Recommended!

  • Personal Injury Client

    Yvonne Griffin was a compassionate person & hands-on!

  • Personal Injury Client

    Worked hard to help me & I’m very grateful!

  • Personal Injury Client

    Yvonne Griffin is a fearless trial attorney!

  • Personal Injury Client

    Yvonne Griffin is an extremely smart lawyer!

  • Family Law Client

    Attorney Laura Butler gave me sound advice & waited to take my case until I was ready.

  • Personal Injury Client

    For my part, I view TGB’s as fulfilling a solid UPOD (Underpromise and Overdeliver).

  • Criminal Defense Client

    Ms. Hakes, Thank you so much!

  • Personal Injury Client

    Yvonne and her staff are very competent and trustworthy and they went above and beyond in their service to my family member.

  • Personal Injury Client

    I truly appreciated your perspectives & advice throughout this process.

  • Workers' Compensation Client

    I could always count on you to respond quickly to every question, phone call or email.

  • Family Law Client

    She represented me in my very contentious separation and divorce.

  • Workers' Compensation Client

    Although I cannot find enough words or ways to thank you, it is reassuring to know that there are good people like you in this world that are willing to help others.

  • Workers' Compensation Client

    Competent, professional and excelled at her work!

  • Family Law Client

    She was readily available and kept me updated on my case in a very timely manner.

  • Personal Injury Client

    She was a compassionate person always taking into consideration my limited abilities from my brain injury, but not making me feel inferior.

  • Criminal Defense Client

    Thank you so much to Leila Higgins and the team at TGB Law!

Why Tucker Griffin Barnes?

  • A Vigorous Commitment to Lower Costs

    We work hard to keep our rates lower than our peers.

  • A Dedicated Focus on Client Service

    We promptly return phone calls, provide play areas for your children during office visits, and when you need us, we'll visit you at home or at the hospital.

  • A Deep Knowledge of the Law

    Expertise matters. Most of our attorneys concentrate in only one or two areas of the law.

  • A Strong Reputation

    We're respected attorneys who live to fight and win for our clients.

We Want to Help We're respected attorneys who live to fight and win for our clients.