Unlike most criminal defense attorneys, Mr. Tarris understands first hand what it's like to have a criminal record. When he had just barely turned 18 and still in high school he was charged and convicted of misdemeanor reckless driving for going 82 in a 65 and had his driver's license suspended for a year. He's seen the inside of a jail cell and understands there are better ways to change behavior to handle safety and obtain restorative justice for victims. This incident lit a desire in Jonathan to fight for those unfairly treated by the legal system. Since then Jonathan has handled hundreds of criminal and traffic matters throughout western and central Virginia from reckless driving to armed robbery. His track record includes:
UNDEFEATED in JURY TRIALS including 3 separate assault and battery charges against a single client who was acquitted by 2 separate juries.
Had another Jury acquit a client of possession with intent to distribute where police found my client with over 1/2 lb of marijuana plus edibles, $6000 in $20s, packaging and scales in their car, after being stopped for suspicion of armed robbery.
Published Opinion for his client by the VIRGINIA COURT OF APPEALS including a finding that a Circuit Court Judge violated an order of the Supreme Court of Virginia in a pro bono case.
Had client acquitted by judge after he was falsely charged with armed robbery of a police officer's daughter and holding her and her infant child at gun point, the daughter admitted my client wasn't the same person who robbed her.
Had client acquitted by judge of reckless driving where a patrolling officer testified that my client ran her patrol car off the road.
Had client acquitted by judge of breaking and entering when he was found naked in a strangers' home due to being stranded and wet where the door was left open.
Had clients acquitted of drug possession when the dog sniff held invalid and evidence was suppressed due to poor training for proper drugs.
Had client's 105 mph reckless driving charge reduced to a minor traffic infraction.
Had client's evidence suppressed for unreasonable suspicion where a police officer testified that he witnessed a drug transaction and found drugs after searching client's vehicle.
Have reached numerous settlements to have charged dropped or reduced including construction fraud, larceny, and embezzlement.
If you do not feel free to leave a police encounter or have been charged with a crime you should:
We will make our first appearance at your bail hearing or advisement hearing. From there we will schedule a date for your trial or preliminary hearing. The matter will then either be resolved or be referred up to the Circuit Court for motion hearings, a trial & sentencing. The case may be appealed to the Virginia Court of Appeals if the Circuit Court has been recorded making a legal error after sufficient notice via motion or objection.
Often times the best defense will be based on a small mistake that violates your constitutional rights such as an improper search, seizure, warrant, investigation or even during your hearing that your attorney is trained to find based reading and researching numerous appellate cases.
1.) Why you are not a flight risk and will attend your hearing, facts such as a job, a lease or deed with you name on it, family or otherwise can help show this.
2.) Why you are not a danger to the community. We need to explain to the judge why and under what conditions he can trust you not to harm the community.
Tell your attorney everything that happened that you think might be relevant, tell him who the other parties are, what the officers might know or think, what evidence is out there, what mitigating factors are in your favor and any defenses or constitutional violations you believe may have occurred. Explain the stop, seizure, search and any mistreatment or pressure you may have been under from the officer.
We will work to get your case resolved asap by preparing a defense strategy that covers all the bases. Procedural Errors, Virginia Case Law, U.S. Constitutional Law, etc. Mr. Tarris has seen it all and will help you minimize the damage so you can get back on track during this tough time. Call 540-319-4111 to get us started on your defense strategy.