Williams Stone, PC represents clients with criminal, family, estate, personal injury, civil or federal litigation, and military matters throughout Northern Virginia, primarily the cities and counties of Stafford, Stafford County, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Quantico & Prince William County. Over the years, the number of overall crimes in Virginia has steadily declined, from 418,351 in 2012 to 403,314 in 2013. Then in 2014, reported crimes in the state decreased another 3% to 391,136. We have been there to assist with many of these. Of all the crimes reported in 2014 in Virginia, many consisted of larceny, simple assault or intimidation, damage or vandalism, drug/narcotic offenses, weapons law violations, aggravated assault, reckless driving, burglary & theft, forcible sex offenses, disorderly conduct, DUI & alcohol-related charges, trespassing & general traffic violations.
In Virginia, crimes are charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. A misdemeanor is considered a less serious crime than a felony, with a maximum jail sentence of one year. Violent crimes, high dollar property crimes, and serious drug crimes are generally considered felonies and carry prison sentences of up to life in prison. Certain crimes, such as DUI and assault, may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense. Whatever your situation, our attorneys can help. If you are facing a criminal charge in Northern Virginia, call today.
A Brief History of Virginia
Virginia forms an important source of the history of the United States, culturally, politically, and economically. Virginia’s name was given by Queen Elizabeth I and it is one of the thirteen original colonies. Virginia is also the oldest English-speaking colony in the nation. Jamestown was the first English settlement to be discovered in Virginia. One of the most famous statements in US history, “Give me liberty or give me death”, was delivered in Richmond by Patrick Henry. Over half of all civil wars fought in the USA took place in Virginia. The region also boasts as the birthplace of eight previous Presidents, more than any other state, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson. Nicknames include Old Dominion and The Cavalier State. Our state tree is the American Dogwood and the bird is the Northern Cardinal. You can learn more about the history of Virginia here.
Virginia sits on 42,774 square miles of land and water surface, with the majority of space (39,598 square miles) being occupied by land. Our area is commonly characterized by a number of features namely mountains, salt marshes, tidelands, and rich valleys. Virginia has five geographical regions, namely the Valley Region, Blue Ridge, Appalachian Ridge, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and Piedmont. Our state meets up with the Atlantic Ocean in the East and is served by four major rivers: Shenandoah, Potomac, James, and Rappahannock. Our area also has six major lakes, which include Pound, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and Philpott. There are 95 counties & 39 independent cities. Popular & well-known metropolitan areas include The Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Historic Triangle, King George County, The Middle Peninsula, New River Valley, Northern Neck, Northern Virginia, Richmond-St. Petersburg Metro, Shenandoah Valley, South Hampton Roads, Southside Virginia, Tidewater, Tri-Cities Area & the Virginia Peninsula.
Virginia ranks 12th in population, with more than 8 million people. Of this number, 34.1% have a Bachelor’s degree (making it the 7th in the national ranking in this regard) or higher and 86.3% have at least a high school diploma.
Major cities in Virginia include Virginia Beach with 450,000+ residents, Norfolk at 245,000, Chesapeake at nearly 235,000 residents, Arlington at around 225,000, Richmond with 217,000, Newport News having 182,000 people, Alexandria at a population of 150,000, and Hampton at around 140,000.
Popular Communities in Northern Virginia
Many of the outlying areas of the major metro areas above are preferred places to live for many in Virginia. In Northern Virginia, where our 2 offices are located, many people reside in areas such as Stafford, Fredericksburg, Quantico, Spotsylvania, Falmouth, Brookfield, White Oak, Little Falls, Olivers Corner, Post Oak, Thornburg, Ramoth, Brooke, Holly Corner & throughout Stafford County, Prince William County & Spotsylvania County. These quieter areas offer an ideal living for those who want to stay away from the cities’ cosmopolitan life.
Attractions & Things to Do in Virginia
From Roanoke to Virginia Beach, Alexandria to Richmond and all areas in between, the long list of activities for those who live in Virginia or simply visit is near endless. The list includes outdoor fun, historic sites to see, dining, wineries and breweries, museums, shopping, arts and festivals, spas, caverns, exhibits, cultural events, theme parks and zoos, state parks, national parks, and of course, golfing. Visiting or living in Virginia leaves the average individual plenty to do.
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum and part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which includes Jamestown and Yorktown. This 301-acre facility offers hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Some of America’s best state parks such as False Cape, Grayson Highlands, and High Bridge Trail offer amazing mountaintop views, wildlife, nature excavations, and hiking experiences. SplashDown in Manassas, WaterWorks @ Kings Dominion in Doswell, and Virginia’s Eastern Shore are just a few of the water parks and beaches to visit for fun in the sun.
More About Williams Stone, PC
We generally represent those located in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Quantico, Stafford County, Prince William County, and Spotsylvania County as we tend to have strong working relationships with the local prosecutors, officers, and court clerks.
We will aggressively represent you and fight for justice for YOU. If you are not located in one of our primary areas of representation, we are still willing to speak with you to determine if our law office can help.