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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.

Our Local Criminal Defense Attorneys

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 our Staunton criminal defense lawyers for a confidential case evaluation today. 


Types of Criminal Cases Our Attorneys Handle

At Tucker Griffin Barnes, our attorneys 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 Local Criminal Defense Attorneys 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.


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  • "Yvonne and her staff are very competent and trustworthy and they went above and beyond in their service to my family member."
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  • Association of American Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbel Client Champion Silver 2019
  • ASLA Top Criminal Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Layers Association
  • Top 10 Under 40
What Our Work Means
  • 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.
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