Criminal Defense Attorneys In Amherst, Lynchburg, And Nelson

Accused Of A Crime In Central Virginia? Get The Representation You Need.

Everyone deserves a solid criminal defense.

At Shrader & Goad in Amherst, Virginia, this statement is at the core of who we are as lawyers and as people. We believe that people of all backgrounds and circumstances share the same fundamental right — to be ably represented by a legal advocate who will look out for their best interests. Since 1982, we have worked hard to provide solid legal representation to our clients in a variety of legal disciplines.

Our criminal defense attorneys are highly experienced at trial. We defend clients across Central Virginia, including Lynchburg and Buckingham County, against a broad range of misdemeanor and felony charges. We work to get criminal charges reduced or dropped, and when possible, we seek to get our clients acquitted. If a conviction is inevitable, we strive to limit jail time, fines, and other negative consequences.

As a responsible criminal defense law firm, we do not make promises about the results we can deliver to our clients. However, we can promise this: If you retain our law firm, we will discuss your circumstances frankly and honestly, so that you understand exactly what you are up against and what your options may be. We will do everything in our power to provide you with a competent and effective criminal defense.

Seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Amherst, Lynchburg, And All Of Central Virginia

Among the criminal defense matters with which our attorneys can help you:

  • Traffic violations of all kinds, including those involving out-of-state drivers
  • Drug crimes, including possession, distribution, cultivation and manufacture of controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, illegal prescription drugs, and others
  • Public intoxication
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Indecent exposure
  • Trespassing
  • Shoplifting or theft (petit larceny, grand larceny)
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Burglary
  • Armed robbery
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Malicious wounding (assault with a knife, gun or other weapon with intent to injure and causing serious wounds)
  • Drunk driving (DWI/DUI)
  • Juvenile crimes

College Student Crimes

Central Virginia is home to many colleges and universities. Although most college students are becoming responsible adults, they often make mistakes they would not make later in life. Nevertheless, their arrests are real and they can have very real consequences. A criminal conviction is a "black mark" that can limit a student's opportunities for many years. That is why it is important for any young person to fight a criminal charge.

Our lawyers can defend the rights of students at Virginia institutions of higher learning, including Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee University.

Expungements: Eliminating A Criminal Charge From Your Criminal Record

In addition to defending their clients against criminal charges, our lawyers may be able to help them erase evidence of some past arrests through a legal process called expungement. Some charges and arrests can be expunged if they did not lead to a criminal conviction. Our lawyers can discuss your situation with you and determine if you are able to petition the court for an expungement.

Contact Us Today | Free Consultation

For more information or to discuss your situation in more detail, contact our Amherst criminal defense lawyers at Shrader & Goad at 434-509-0226, 888-497-1184 toll free. We offer a free initial consultation to each prospective criminal defense client.