Practice of Law -- Litigation Services

Criminal Defense, Appeals, and Court Services

How do you define security? Good advice and excellent counsel are important aspects to any legal situation. However, the ability to win in court -- to overcome the objections and challenges of the opposing party, are what define security for the clients of Hanover Law.

When our clients are detained, included in the cost of representation is visiting them in local jails. This includes Northern Virginia and DC. We provide investigative services to make the state prove its case. We will stand with you each step of the criminal process from preliminary hearings to the final jury trial.

In criminal law, Hanover Law defends the rights of the accused in both felony and misdemeanor cases. We have considerable experience in serious crimes, including robbery, armed offenses, and sexual assault.

We also work on appeals cases in the District of Columbia local and Federal courts. Let us review your appeal case, and help you draft a cogent legal argument for overturning a lower court's judgment.

Litigation is more than just court time, however. It also includes excellent client communications, timely updates on case status, and the security of knowing you have powerhouse legal counsel to support you. Servicing the Washington,DC area.

  • Statutory Rape
  • Rape
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Child Molestation
  • Robbery
  • Hit and Run
  • Domestic Violence
  • DWI
  • Narcotics Posession

Practice Center

Arrest Warrant

An arrest warrant is a judge's order to law enforcement officers to arrest and bring to jail a person charged with a crime. The warrant is issued upon a sworn declaration by the D.A., a police officer, or an alleged victim that the accused person committed a crime.


- The right to know what charges have been brought against you.

- The right to be told the identity of arresting officer(s).

- The right to communicate by telephone with an attorney, family, friends, or a bondsman.

- The right to remain silent if questioned by police.

- The right to be represented by an attorney before speaking with police.

Bench Warrant

A bench warrant is issued by a judge often to command someone to appear before the judge, with a setting of an amount of bail to be posted. Often a bench warrant is used in lesser matters to encourage the party to appear in court.


- Call the court division that issued the orders, explain your situation and that you will abide with the orders given. Take down the name of who you spoke with along with the number.

- Offer to do anything in your power to fulfill your duties. If you do not have the means to cover your fine, ask to work out a payment plan.

- Always follow through on agreements you have made, If you put forth no effort on your end the judge has the power to issue a bench warrant for the second time.

Probation Violation

A probation violation occurs when you fail to meet the conditions of your probation. If you do not abide by the terms of probation you may be penalized with the maximum sentence for the crime you were initially put on probation for.

You are required to complete all of the terms/conditions of your probation. The judge will assign your requirements ie. reporting to a corrections officer on a frequent basis and/or complete community service and drug/alcohol screenings.

If you commit another offense while on probation you may face heavier consequences and charges if convicted. It would benefit you immensely to consult a lawyer to help you to contend these charges.

Private Practice

If criminal charges are filed against you, it is essential to obtain advice from an accomplished lawyer.

Your criminal defense attorney will analyze your case, and discuss how evidence can be used to your advantage even before charges are filed.

It is crucial to know that if charges are filed against you, they will appear on your criminal record. Your record is obtainable by employers or any party researching your background. Even if the charges are dropped or dismissed, a good defense attorney can help get your arrest and trial records expunged.

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