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Criminal Defense


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

A+ Better Business Bureau Rating

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Criminal Defense


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

A+ Better Business Bureau Rating

Criminal Law in Virginia

Virginia Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

Whether guilty or innocent, everyone is entitled to certain rights — rights that should never be taken for granted. If you are in the unfortunate position of being accused of a crime, you can depend on criminal defense attorney Lawren D. Burroughs to vigorously defend your legal rights in a court of law.

We represent clients accused of all misdemeanor and felony crimes, including:

Drug Charges
Domestic Violence
Assault and Battery
Burglary
Robbery
Larceny
Embezzlement
Trespass
Drug charges
Traffic
Juvenile Charges

Criminal defense attorney Lawrence D. Burroughs II is a skilled litigator who has defended clients in more than 400 trials. A former assistant public defender, he knows how to persuade a jury that his client is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Not every case should be brought to trial. Some are best settled outside of the courtroom. Attorney Burroughs is also an experienced negotiator who will work to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced.

Looking at the Whole Picture

Whether you have been accused of drug possession, embezzlement, domestic violence or any other crime, you can depend on Burroughs Law Office, P.C. for aggressive criminal defense. We can also refer you to services that may help you address the issues that led to your legal problems. Contact our office today for a free introductory consultation. We offer quality legal representation for flat fees.

Learn more. Visit these pages for more helpful legal information:

About Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
About Drug Crimes

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Drug Charges


Learn more about drug crimes in Virginia.

Drug Charges


Learn more about drug crimes in Virginia.

About Drug Crimes in Virginia

You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't have some sort of charge either pending or being made against you. You'll fall into any one of three camps. You're either 1. someone who has a drug problem and needs help addressing your problem, 2. someone who is dealing drugs for any number of illegitimate reasons, or 3. you are completely innocent. Normally, we don't concern ourselves with which camp you fall into but when it comes to drug charges we make an exception.

We'll work through them in reverse order.

1. You've been arrested by a police officer due to a search incident to arrest or for what the police officer touts as probable cause. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe it's something as simple as a traffic stop in a vehicle that isn't yours. Whatever the case may be, if you're innocent, you'll want to maintain your innocence. Trying to talk to the police to clear things up will not help you maintain your innocence. Read our advice at this link for more on what we mean here.

From the very first second of this encounter, you should remain focused on the big picture. No matter what the police officers tell you, they are not there to help you through this process. They would like nothing more than for your full cooperation and that means admitting guilt. Anything you say can and will be used against you and most assuredly will.

Unfortunately, however, if you're reading this, you've likely had your initial encounter with your respective city's finest. You've possibly even given a confession of sorts or made some incriminating statement either orally or in writing. With all hope seeming lost, you start cooperating even more with them in hopes that they are looking out for you. This is particularly true if this is your first experience with the police.

They'll offer some deal if you waive the preliminary hearing on a first offense that doesn't involve any active incarceration and you'll figure you should just take it to put it all behind you. Again, don't do it without consulting with your attorney first! Call us today to set your appointment with Attorney Burroughs. He's handled many drug cases in his capacity as Assistant Public Defender for the City of Norfolk and is ready to put his experience to work for you today. If you're one of the knowledgeable few who knew to say or do nothing, why let all that good work go to waste. Let us help finish the job you started and work toward a not guilty verdict or dismissal. If you've made the innocent mistake of cooperating with the law enforcement, you'll need us more than ever. Let us help work toward clearing your good name. Your future depends on it!

2. If you're a drug dealer, it's fair to say that you are not well liked by the majority of society. That said, we don't pass judgment in cases where we can help make a difference. Even the scum of the earth have rights too. If you're dealing drugs, you share the same rights we ordinary citizens possess and are entitled to a fair dealing from start to finish.

Some ask how I sleep at night. How do you represent a person who deals drugs? Sleeping is the easy part for me. When I win a case like this it’s because someone else wasn’t doing their job well. They’re the ones who should have trouble sleeping at night. We only win these cases when the prosecutor fails in some way or the arresting officer has violated your constitutional rights. I sleep at night knowing I defended the system well. I sleep at night knowing the prosecutor or officer will not likely make the same mistake next time.
— Attorney Lawren D. Burroughs

So, if you deal drugs you still deserve competent representation. You need someone who will fight for your constitutional rights and work toward a resolution that is within the bounds of our American justice system. Put us to work for you today! Call now for your free introductory consultation.

3. This is the most important of the three camps people generally fall into. This is where we can make the greatest impact in our community. You are a drug user and want help. There are often ways to deal with drug addiction in the court system in lieu of straight incarceration. Whether it's first offender status, jail-based programs, a religious-based substance abuse organization, licensed counselors, or drug court, the courts offer a variety of ways to help those who can admit they have a problem and want help.

Even if we handle your matter to its conclusion and manage to win your case, we value a true win as one where you look beyond guilt or innocence. This is one area of law where repeat customers are not wanted and where a victory is more than the verdict in a case. We're familiar with a number of proven programs in the Tidewater / Hampton Roads area available to those who reach out for help. We strive to address the underlying issue by helping you find a way to kick your self-destructive habit once and for all.

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Domestic Violence


It's not just a crime.

Domestic Violence


It's not just a crime.

Domestic Violence in Virginia

Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Family violence is a grave issue in this country and the courts take it very seriously. However, not every report of domestic violence actually involves spousal abuse or assault and battery of a family member.

The neighbors may have overheard a heated family argument and called the police. Your spouse may have made a false allegation of domestic violence in order to get you out of the house or to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings.
— Attorney Lawren D. Burroughs

Whatever the circumstances, you can quickly find yourself under arrest and facing criminal charges. If your spouse seeks a restraining order, you will be unable to return to your home — even to gather your belongings. Even if your spouse declines to press charges, you can still face serious consequences.

Permanent Consequences

A conviction on charges of domestic violence can affect your life, your family and your ability to earn a living for years to come. With a conviction on your record you may find it difficult to get a job or hold the one you have. You will not be treated equally in matters of child custody and visitation. And you will not be able to own a gun. Members of the military may suffer additional punishment internally.

If you have been charged with domestic violence, do not take it lightly — even if you know you are innocent. Contact us at Burroughs Law Office, P.C. in Virginia Beach as soon as possible and speak with an attorney about your case.

We offer a free introductory consultation to review your rights and explain how we can help. Should you select our law firm for your defense, you can choose to pay a flat fee for your legal representation.

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Juvenile Crimes


Your Child's Future Matters.

Juvenile Crimes


Your Child's Future Matters.

Virginia Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contrary to what may be your initial reaction, juvenile crimes are in some ways much more serious than adult criminal cases. Juveniles in trouble with the law run the risk of being denied entrance to college, of losing eligibility for certain jobs or having a hard time finding employment, and facing serious criminal penalties. Just one criminal conviction can also negatively affect a teen's confidence and belief in success.

A juvenile conviction can significantly affect your child’s future. You need an experienced, compassionate criminal defense attorney to protect it.
— Attorney Lawren D. Burroughs

Contact Burroughs Law Office, P.C., in Virginia Beach. As a father, attorney Lawren D. Burroughs understands the need to protect children from the dangers of associating with "bad groups" and the importance of rehabilitating troubled juveniles so they can lead healthy, productive lives.

As a skilled juvenile defense lawyer, he knows how to negotiate effectively with prosecutors and judges to help minimize the serious consequences associated with juvenile crimes. In many cases, caring, effective advocacy has helped reduce the charges and penalties faced by his clients.

Experienced Criminal Defense for a Variety of Juvenile Crimes

Our firm represents juveniles facing all kinds of criminal charges, including:

Whether your child faces a serious criminal charge and could at risk of being tried as an adult or was arrested for simple trespassing, we provide zealous defense. We can help minimize potentially harsh consequences and help him or her move forward from the incident.

One way we do this is by protecting a juvenile's record. An offense committed as a teen does not need to affect his or her life as an adult. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to have the charge expunged from the criminal record or sealed from public viewing. Attorney Burroughs will determine which option, if any, is possible in your case.

We Care About Your Child's Future

At Burroughs Law Office, we are dedicated to helping your child get the best possible outcome, including any counseling or treatment he or she may need to have a positive future. We believe that our clients are not bad kids, but kids in bad situations.

The bottom line is that we care. Let us help. Contact us today for a free introductory consultation.

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Weapon and Gun Charges


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

Weapon and Gun Charges


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

Weapon and Gun Charges

Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer Handling Weapons Charges

Under both Virginia and federal law, if you are convicted of a weapons offense, you will face mandatory minimum penalties.

What makes weapons charges so potentially damaging, however, is that they are often filed in conjunction with other criminal accusations such as assault, robbery or sex offenses. Also, past convictions, gang affiliations, probation, parole and certain other factors can make gun crimes more serious. It can be essentially a vicious cycle. You need an attorney who can get to the heart of the matter and help address the real problem.

At Burroughs Law Office, P.C., in Virginia Beach, we have the experience to see the whole picture. Attorney Lawren D. Burroughs considers our clients' overall profiles rather than focusing on a single specific offense. At our firm, the goal is to identify the related problems and resolve the underlying issues.

If you are facing weapons charges, discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact our law office today for a free introductory consultation.

Weapons Charges Cover a Broad Spectrum of Behavior

A gang crime, a drug bust, or even a DUI can result in weapons charges. Depending on the location and type of crime, you could be charged in either state or federal court.

While guns are pervasive in our culture, many people do not understand all gun-related criminal laws and the civil liberties implications any felony conviction can have on their right to own a firearm. Many people do not know that convictions for nonviolent felonies strip them of their rights to carry guns for hunting or even merely for display.

Others find themselves facing extremely serious charges because weapons counts were added to other criminal charges — which they did not intend. For example, a person arrested for burglary may have had a pistol in his car, which he did not take with him during the burglary itself. Nevertheless, a gun count could be added to the burglary charge.

Attorney Lawrence D. Burroughs II is a former assistant public defender and a skilled negotiator. He knows how to negotiate effectively with prosecutors to help you limit the often devastating consequences of these charges.

Depending on the circumstances, he may be able to have charges reduced, counts dropped, or cases dismissed.If you need aggressive defense in the courtroom, Attorney Burroughs can provide it. He has defended clients in more than 400 trials he will fight hard to protect your rights and you freedom.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are charged with a weapons offense, Burroughs Law Office, P.C. can help you address all of the issues and provide effective criminal defense. Contact us today for a free 20-minute introductory consultation.

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Moral Turpitude


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

Moral Turpitude


3500 Virginia Beach Blvd #410, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Tel: (757) 363-0077

Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

About Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

Crimes involving moral turpitude carry with them consequences far beyond fines and/or imprisonment. They can very easily dismantle any prospects a person has for a successful career in any number of professions. Quite honestly, you may not even realize how far reaching the consequences are in your case.

First things first, however. You may be wondering, what is a crime of moral turpitude? A crime involving moral turpitude is one in which the conduct involved in the crime is contrary to the community's standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. The list of crimes that fall into this broad category is lengthy and include some of the big ones we're all familiar with. Among them are:

Arson
Blackmail
Burglary
Embezzlement
False pretenses
Forgery
Fraud
Larceny
Robbery
Abandonment
Adultery
Assault and battery
Bigamy
Prostitution

If you're facing a charge of a crime involving moral turpitude, you'll want an experienced attorney on your side. You'll want someone there to guide you through the criminal process from start to finish. It's rarely a simple process and the consequences are often greater than what the Code of Virginia provides for. Try getting into the military with a crime involving moral turpitude on your criminal record. Try working in any capacity involving money with a crime of larceny, forgery or embezzlement on your criminal record. Even if you manage to eek out a small victory in the form of no active incarceration, you may not realize how your future will be affected.

Do not take your fate in your own hands by attempting to defend yourself. Do something for yourself today. Call us before the process begins and your rights are compromised. Let us work toward a result that protects you today and into the foreseeable future. We certainly cannot guarantee results and make no promises with regard to an outcome in your matter, but we can promise to do all we can within the bounds of our legal system to see that justice is served.

Attorney Burroughs has tried hundreds of cases in his capacity as Assistant Public Defender for the City of Norfolk and would like to put his experience to work for you. Call today to set up an appointment with him today! He practices in the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth and is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For those of you being charged with a crime in another locality within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Attorney Burroughs has tried cases as far west as Marion, Virginia up to and including King and Queen County, Virginia.