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Virginia, Federal, and Military Criminal Defense Attorneys

Harris Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC, is committed to your defense.  Our approach to defense is zealous, organized, and fast-paced.  We have defended federal law enforcement agents, senior military officers, business owners, a cyber online activist, professional athletes, and many others in nationally recognized criminal cases.  We have extensive experience handling Federal Cases, amazing Case Results, and outstanding Client Reviews.

Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC, represents active-duty service-members in a variety of settings.  Contact us if you are being investigated by your command, or military investigative agency, preferably before you answer any questions, so that we can give you the best advice possible.  We are ready and waiting to guide you through the non-judicial punishment process, or represent you at your summary, special, or general court-martial if necessary.

Simultaneously, we will advise you on the impact this could have on your ability to remain in the military, retire with or without benefits, and continue on in the career of your choice, with the security clearance of your choice. We represent individuals at their boards of inquiry and administrative separation boards. Retaining the right lawyer as early in the process as you can is the best weapon you have against your hard-earned military career going up in smoke.

Call 703-684-7908 for an initial free consultation so that we can begin working together and preserve all of the opportunities open to you. If you are incarcerated, we will contact you in the jail where you are held, and we will remain in contact throughout the pendency of your case. If you are able to come in to the office, we will ask you to come meet in person as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you.

We are able and ready to represent you in the following types of cases:

Federal: Theft of Government Property, Assault of Federal Officials, Possession of Drugs, Conspiracy, Manufacture or Distribution of Drugs, Conspiracy, Robbery, Illegal Possession of Weapons, Immigration crimes, Child Pornography, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, and other Fraud offenses including Embezzlement, Immigration and Marriage Fraud, Espionage, Bribery, International Extradition, Attempted Murder, Driving on Suspended, Reckless Driving, and DUI, among others.

Virginia: Arson, Fraud, Theft, Embezzlement, Domestic Assault, Child Neglect, Assault and Battery, Malicious Wounding, Attempted Murder, Escape, Manslaughter, Robbery, Burglary, Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Eluding, Sexual Battery, Child Pornography, and Rape, Underage Alcohol Possession, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drugs, Conspiracy, Manufacture or Distribution of Drugs, Solicitation, Drunk in Public, Trespass, Driving on Suspended, DUI, and Reckless Driving, among others.

Military: Military investigations, non-judicial punishments, administrative separation boards, boards of inquiry.  Violations of the UCMJ including fraternization, adultery, fraud, theft, embezzlement, disorderly conduct, rape, sexual assault, AWOL/desertion, assault/domestic violence, and more.

If you have not yet been charged but are being criminally investigated or have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, contact us as soon as possible so that we can ensure you have the full protections you are entitled to.

Sentencing: If you are convicted of a crime, you will need a lawyer to prepare well in advance for sentencing, whether in a Virginia, military, or federal case.  Sentencing considerations are attended to by us from the first time we meet, and we seamlessly integrate sentencing investigation into every minute spent on your case.

Violations: We have extensive experience representing a wide variety of people on their federal probation violations, federal supervised release violations, and Virginia probation violations, and our unique, whole-person, zealous approach will put you in the best possible position to ask the court for, and receive, another chance.

We practice in the following jurisdictions: Eastern District of Virginia federal courts (including Alexandria federal court, Richmond federal court, Norfolk federal court, and Newport News federal court); Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William County, Loudoun County, and other surrounding Northern Virginia jurisdictions, as well as all military courts. Contact Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC today.

PRODUCT LIABILITY / DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS

When a product manufacturer is negligent and that negligence causes an injury, it is a products liability case.

When a product is put on the market, its designer, maker, distributor, etc. warrants that it is reasonably safe for its intended uses.  A plaintiff must show that 1) the product was unreasonably dangerous either for the product's intended use or for some other reasonably foreseeable use, and 2) that the unreasonably dangerous condition existed when the product left the defendant's hands.

Harris, Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC represents persons injured by:

  • negligent design / defective design
  • defective manufacturing process
  • no warning label
  • error-filled warning label
  • insufficient guarding
  • lawnmower rollover
  • brain and spinal cord injuries

If you have been injured by a defective product make sure that you or someone on your behalf take whatever steps are necessary to preserve it.  Put it in a safe, secure place and ensure that it remains in the condition that it was found.  Call our experienced lawyers right away to help you find expert engineers or other specialists who can come do a site inspection, take measurements and take those steps necessary to form an opinion on the cause of your injuries.

PERSONAL INJURY

Personal injury cases are a type of tort lawsuit where an injured party sues for the wrongful act of another. The wrongful act could be something done intentionally (assault, battery, defamation) or negligently. The vast majority of cases involve someone's negligence.

Negligence happens when a person fails to behave reasonably, or falls short of a duty of care they owe to another, thereby causing injury to the other person. A person is injured when their body and/or mind is hurt, and could include a person's death.

Harris Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC, represents injured persons in the following types of negligence cases:

  • automobile accidents
  • truck accidents
  • tractor-trailer accidents
  • pedestrian accidents
  • motorcycle accidents
  • medical malpractice
  • wrongful death
  • products liability/defective products
  • traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries

If you have suffered an injury because of the actions of another, you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for your injuries, your lost income, your lost quality of life, etc. The most important thing for you to do after you suffer an injury caused by another is to follow your physician's advice and take the steps necessary to get better. Take pictures of your injuries and your recovery. Keep track of when you attend your various doctors appointments and what medical bills you have received. Taking these steps will help your attorney make sure that you receive full compensation for each item of damage you can claim.

Personal injury cases are controlled by a strict statute of limitations; this means you must file your case within a certain time frame or your case is lost. In most personal injury cases in Virginia, that time is two years from the date you suffered the injury within which to bring a lawsuit. But some cases have a shorter or longer statute of limitations. Do not delay – if you or someone you love has been injured because a driver, a doctor or someone else failed to live up to their duty of care, call our experienced and tenacious lawyers today.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

In medical malpractice cases, a patient has been injured because their doctor was negligent. A doctor is negligent when he treats or fails to treat his patient in a way that a reasonably, prudent physician in the same or similar field would treat the patient, thereby causing injury to the patient.

Doctors occasionally fail to diagnose cancer, appendicitis or an aortic aneurysm.  Doctors, pharmacies and nurses occasionally make medication errors. But not every negative outcome is caused by medical negligence. Patients die or get hurt even when they receive the best care. It is therefore important to seek counsel to help you find resources and investigate your potential medical malpractice claim.

If you suspect that your injury may be caused by a doctor or hospital's negligence, call our experienced lawyers for a consultation so we can help you investigate your claim.

Harris Carmichael & Ellis, PLLC, represents patients injured by:

  • failure to diagnose / misdiagnosis
  • hospital errors
  • nursing home errors, falls, abuse
  • surgical errors
  • medication errors 

PLEASE NOTE: Each case has different circumstances and therefore past results do not guarantee future outcomes. Although this is advice provided by a lawyer, it should not be considered legal advice. There is no attorney-client relationship until retainer agreement signed by client and lawyer.

What Happens Now?

If you are incarcerated, we will contact you in the jail where you are held, and we will remain in contact throughout the pendency of your case. If you are able to come in to the office, we will ask you to come meet in person as soon as possible. Our approach to defense is zealous, organized, and fast-paced, and we look forward to helping you.

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