Richmond Felony Attorney

Felony Defense Lawyer Serving Virginia

Felonies are the most serious charges you'll ever face. Even the least severe felony charge comes with one to five years of prison time. When you're facing felony charges, your most important task will be finding the best felony defense lawyer to represent you. The Richmond felony defense attorney at The Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. has decades of experience defending clients from serious charges at all levels in the Virginia court system—Attorney Paul C. Galanides can help.

As a private defense lawyer, Mr. Galanides makes it his job to study judges and prosecutors in Richmond and the Central Virginia area. As a former prosecutor himself, he understands the ins and outs of developing the state's case against an accused felon. Today, he uses his knowledge of prosecutorial strategy to craft defenses specifically suited to his clients' needs. For 23 years, he has been the felony defense attorney in Richmond to turn to for results, getting charges dismissed or reduced or getting acquittals at trial.

Contact us today to learn how our Richmond felony defense attorney can defend you.

How are Felonies Charged in Virginia?

Virginia law divides Felony charges into different classes, according to the severity of the potential punishment. Class 6 Felonies are the least severe and Class 1 Felonies are the most severe.

What Crimes can be Charged as Felonies?

To read more about these crimes click the link to the dedicated page for them:

What are the Felony Classes and Their Penalties in Virginia?

  • Class 6: 1-5 years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines
  • Class 5: 1-10 years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines
  • Class 4: 2-10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines
  • Class 3: 5-20 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines
  • Class 2: 20 years to life in prison and up to $100,000 in fines
  • Class 1: Mandatory life in prison or death and $100,000 in fines

Class 1 Felonies (which include crimes like capital murder) are punishable by death and are also called Capital crimes. Attorney Paul C. Galanides was specifically trained to handle his first death penalty case in 1997. Since then he has been attorney of record for over two dozen death penalty cases. When facing the serious charge in the criminal justice systems, you need a lawyer with serious experience. You need the right lawyer, right now. Mr. Galanides has the skill and means to take cases no matter what is at stake.

If you've been convicted of a Class 1 Felony, you are at the beginning of a long battle to overturn your conviction on appeal. The Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C. has represented clients at every level of the criminal justice system, filing direct appeals to argue for proper justice. When you need someone who can understand your needs at every level, who will transform your facts into a solid defense, call the firm’s Richmond felony defense attorney.

Call (804) 977-0110 or contact Mr. Galanides online. While quality representation isn't free, he offers a free initial consultation to help answer your questions.


“I'm inspired to fight for the rights our constitution guarantees us, and to attempt to truly make a difference.”

- Paul C. Galanides
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