Criminal Defense Representation

If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to seek the advice of a reliable criminal defense attorney immediately.  A conviction for even a seemingly minor offense can result in substantial penalties, impact your employment opportunities, and jeopardize your ability to secure or maintain a security clearance.

In addition, technological advancements provide law enforcement with additional investigative tools against you. For example, “FamilyTreeDNA has granted police permission to upload data from crime scene DNA and search the company’s more than 1 million records to look for relatives of potential suspects.” “What FamilyTreeDNA Sharing Genetic Data With Police Means For You” ScienceNews, February 6, 2019. The Department of Justice recently announced an interim policy, taking effect on November 1, 2019, designed to balance the investigative benefits of forensic genetic genealogy, (“FGG”), with American civil liberties. “The Interim Policy contains nine sections that lay out critical requirements for the use of FGG by law enforcement, including the collaborative interdisciplinary use of the technique, the criteria a case must meet in order to use FGG, and how the practice is used to generate leads for unsolved crimes.” Department of Justice News, Office of Public Affairs, September 24, 2019. When defending her clients, Melinda ensures that she is educated about these investigative tactics and prepared with viable defenses.

Fairfax lawyer Melinda VanLowe provides comprehensive criminal defense representation to clients throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.  During a legal career spanning more than 16 years, Ms. VanLowe has consistently shown her ability to build innovative defense strategies to combat even the most complex criminal matters.  Melinda represents clients in Virginia state courts as well as federal United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She has also been appointed to the Criminal Justice Act Panel, which allows her to represent individuals facing charges for serious felony offenses.

Went to trial in Fairfax yesterday for assault and battery where my a accuser and a police officer testified falsely. She got me a not guilty verdict.
— D.P. in Fairfax

Seeking Solutions That Go Beyond Protecting Your Rights

Ms. VanLowe approaches every case with the goal of preventing her clients' conviction for a criminal offense.  She represents clients at every stage, from investigation through to trial.  She assesses the appropriate witnesses, pleadings and experts needed to present a strong defense.  In addition, Ms. VanLowe provides clients with resources to address substance abuse, mental health and other conditions that sometimes contribute to their legal problems.  Whenever possible, Ms. VanLowe also works with her clients' families and friends to aid in their understanding of the process and how best to help and support their loved ones.

The firm defends clients against charges for a broad range of crimes, including the following:

  • DWI/DUI and traffic offenses

  • Drug crimes

  • Sex offenses

  • Sex offender registry and sex offender violation matters

  • Violent crimes

  • Weapons offenses

  • Theft offenses

  • Juvenile crimes

  • School violations

  • Internet crimes, including Craigslist crimes, solicitation of a minor, solicitation of a prostitute, pandering and child pornography.

Discuss Your Case With A Qualified Fairfax Drug Charge Defense Attorney

Please contact us, The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC, to schedule a free consultation regarding your criminal defense needs.