Law Office of
Matthew T. Paulk

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Criminal/Traffic Defense

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Facing a criminal or traffic charge is often a frightening experience. Such charges can also have serious consequences, including jail time. You need an attorney that not only has the experience and trial skills to handle such matters, but one that has the contacts and relationships that are essential to getting a good result in such cases. I have spent the last 25 years handling criminal and traffic matters on an almost daily basis, and in doing so, I have not only sharpened my trial skills in that arena, I have developed contacts and relationships with state and federal prosecutors and police officers across central Virginia. Let me put my experience, trial skills and relationships to work for you.

Having represented criminal and traffic defendants throughout central Virginia for the last 25 years, I have represented people charged with a variety of criminal and traffic offenses. Over the years, I have represented people charged with offenses including, but not limited to:

  • DUI and Reckless Driving
  • Drug Offenses, such as Possession or Distribution of a Controlled Substance
  • Firearm Offenses, such as Possession of a Firearm as a Convicted Felon
  • Offenses against the person, such as Robbery or Murder
  • Property offenses, such as Breaking and Entering or Damaging Property

I have represented defendants on trial by a judge and those on trial by a jury. I have represented criminal defendants in both state and federal court, as well as on appeal to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Virginia Supreme Court.

One aspect of my job that I particularly enjoy is educating my clients about their rights. Some of the more common questions I get during my initial consultation with clients are:

  • In a DUI investigation, do I have to take the field sobriety tests conducted on the side of the road and the breath test conducted at the police station? What happens if I refuse to take those tests?
  • What is the effect of the police not reading me my rights?
  • Do I have the right to refuse the police officer’s request to search my person, my car or my home? What happens if I do refuse the officer’s request to search? Will I get in more trouble?
  • The police took my money or property during their investigation. Do I get my property back at the end of my case, and if so, how?

Everyone should know his/her rights, and I take great satisfaction in educating my clients about what they can and can’t do when dealing with police and other government agents.

Confronting a criminal or traffic charge can be a life altering experience. Give me the opportunity to not only educate you about your rights, but to fight for those rights in court.

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