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Gretchen Taylor Pousson is a dynamic criminal defense attorney with over 25 years of experience. Secure your future with Scrofano Law PC today.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Northern Virginia

If you have been charged with a crime in DC or Northern Virginia, you might feel overwhelmed and concerned about your future. When caught up in a criminal justice system that’s anything but just, it’s common to feel unsure of where to turn or who to depend on to make sure that your rights are secured and your liberties protected. No matter what type of criminal charges you are facing, Virginia criminal lawyer Gretchen Taylor Pousson of Scrofano Law is here to help.

Gretchen’s professional journey is a testament to her skill and dedication. Her evolution from prosecutor to passionate defense attorney infuses her approach with a level of insight that sets her apart. Imagine having a legal advocate who understands both sides of the courtroom and can anticipate the prosecution’s moves while crafting an impenetrable defense strategy.

As she leads Scrofano Law PC’s Virginia criminal practice group, Gretchen Taylor Pousson’s legacy continues to shape the legal landscape. Having her on your side means having a seasoned advocate who believes in the transformative power of the law and who can leverage her decades of experience to craft an unyielding defense tailored to your unique situation.

Call Gretchen Taylor Pousson Trial Attorney to schedule a consultation on your case – 703-260-7109.

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Our Virginia Criminal Lawyers Are Here to Help

Many criminal defense attorneys view each client as simply a case number rather than as an individual whose future lies in jeopardy. Gretchen Taylor Pousson of Scrofano Law is different. Our top priority is developing a detailed defense strategy that is customized to the unique facts of your case by personally consulting with you and evaluating the evidence against you.

Without a passionate Virginia criminal lawyer by your side, you remain in danger of being pushed through the criminal justice system in such a way that is convenient for police and prosecutors, but not always in a way that remains in your benefit. You need a lawyer who will defend your rights like they would their own. Gretchen Taylor Pousson and the Scrofano Law team put their clients first and strive to get their lives back on track.

When it feels like the whole world has turned against you, our Virginia criminal lawyer has your back.

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Criminal Lawyers Virginia Practice Areas

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, crimes are classified into two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are typically less serious than felony crimes. An individual charged for committing a Class 1 misdemeanor could spend up to 12 months in jail or pay up to a $2,500 fine or both. A DUI, reckless driving, and petit larceny are all Class 1 misdemeanors. A Class 4 misdemeanor is a less serious crime that is not punishable by jail time, only by fines. Other penalties, such as loss of driving privileges for driving offenses, are also included.

Felony offenses are more serious crimes in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Class 1 felony is the most severe crime, punishable by life in prison, the death penalty, and harsh fines. On the lower end of the spectrum, for committing a Class 6 felony offense, an individual could spend from one to five years in prison.

The felony category covers many different crimes. For example, malicious wounding, possession with intent to distribute, and assault as a hate crime that results in injury to the victim are all felonies. Although some felony charges and convictions are less severe than others, none of them should be taken lightly. Some VA felony crimes have no statute of limitations, meaning those who committed these crimes could be charged even years after the crime occurred.

Bear in mind that a VA criminal conviction can never be expunged, so it will stay on your record permanently, especially when it comes to felony offenses. Experienced criminal defense attorneys can explain the potential consequences of a conviction so you are prepared and know what to expect.

A criminal charge needs to be dealt with in a quick, professional, and thorough manner. Anything less can threaten your liberty and future. Gretchen Taylor Pousson has an excellent record of success in litigating tough criminal defense cases. Scrofano Law PC’s Virginia criminal practice group dedicates its practice to criminal defense in DC and Northern Virginia, including:

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Assault is a crime against a person that involves many different categories of crime and varying levels of severity based on the arrested person’s intent and the physical harm done to the victim. When facing criminal assault charges, a thorough investigation by an attorney can make all the difference.


Civil Protections

A restraining order taken out in Washington, DC is referred to as a Civil Protection Order (or “CPO”). It essentially involves filing a mini-lawsuit against an individual whom you have an “intra-family relationship” with. An experienced CPO lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and advise you on the possible options.


Drug Possession

Generally, there are three types of drug crimes — possession, possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution. Attorney Gretchen Taylor Pousson has experience in both federal and state drug offenses in both Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia.



Getting a DUI in Washington, DC can be a stressful event that causes lasting consequences to your life. Attorney Gretchen Taylor Pousson is an experienced trial attorney who will fight to protect your rights and to achieve the best possible results based on the facts of your situation.

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Federal Sex Crimes

Sex offenses charged in federal court are extremely serious and will warrant experienced federal criminal defense counsel. If you are under investigation or charged with a federal sex offense, it is important that you talk to an experienced and qualified federal criminal defense attorney.

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Hit and Run

Otherwise known as “hit-and-run,” Leaving After Colliding may be charged in Washington, D.C. when a driver who has been in an auto accident that causes property damage, injury to a domestic animal, or personal injury, leaves the scene without waiting for police to arrive. Gretchen Taylor Pousson has significant experience defending hit-and-run cases both in court and in the investigation stage.

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Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is a crime that the State of Virginia takes very seriously. Being convicted of indecent exposure can result in extensive fines, jail time, and other long-term penalties. If you have been charged with indecent exposure in Virginia, it is within your best interests to hire an attorney that has extensive experience in criminal defense.

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Sexual solicitation and solicitation of prostitution are two misdemeanor crimes in the District of Columbia that typically involve an agreement between two people for sex or sex acts in exchange for money. Attorney Gretchen Taylor Pousson has handled dozens of solicitation-related offenses and can help you navigate your way through the criminal justice system.


Reckless Driving

Although most traffic offenses are prosecuted in state courts, or in D.C, Superior Court, if these offenses occur on federal property they are prosecuted in Federal Court. If you have been charged with DWI or Reckless driving on the GW Parkway, you should consult a Virginia traffic lawyer with experience in Federal court and Virginia reckless driving offenses.

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Traffic Offenses

Several non-DUI traffic crimes exist in Washington, DC. The most common include driving with a suspended license, driving with no permit, reckless driving, and speeding over thirty miles per hour. Attorney Gretchen Taylor Pousson has extensive experience representing individuals who have been charged with traffic crimes in and around Northern Virginia.



Several types of theft offenses exist in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, including first and second-degree theft, first and second-degree fraud, and shoplifting. Gretchen Taylor Pousson has experience defending a variety of theft offenses in DC and Northern Virginia.

Who Needs the Help of Virginia Criminal Defense Attorneys?

If you have any reason to believe you are under an investigation or if you are charged with committing a criminal offense, you need to seriously consider hiring a Virginia criminal defense attorney. They would know what could happen next in the criminal case you are involved in and advise you on how best to move forward.

Even though police officers or detectives may seem friendly and “just want to ask you a couple of questions,” make sure you have an experienced attorney by your side. Police may be looking for evidence they can ultimately use against you.


How Can a Criminal Lawyer in VA Help?

Going through a police interrogation without proper legal representation could pose a significant risk. You may think that hiring a criminal lawyer would be a waste of money or that it makes you look guilty. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Working with a criminal lawyer early in the criminal law case could spare you the necessary stress and even save you money down the road. That is especially true if your criminal defense attorney helps you avoid misdemeanor or felony criminal charges altogether.

If you are charged with a crime, your criminal lawyer could negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution so that you could face lesser charges.


Our Virginia Criminal Attorneys Have the Experience You Need

Regardless of whether this is your first offense or you are arrested on a felony charge, our criminal defense lawyers will take as much time as you need to ensure that you understand the charges brought against you. Some crimes like larceny, DUI, as well as drug crimes may be either felony or misdemeanor offenses. That is the reason you should talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer to understand your specific criminal charge.

If you were arrested for assault and battery, sex crimes, drug crimes, or any other traffic or criminal offenses, it’s best to find a Virginia criminal attorney that will answer your questions and discuss possible outcomes of your case.

Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, Virginia criminal lawyer Gretchen Taylor Pousson will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Gretchen has over 25 years of trial expertise needed to help individuals charged with every conceivable crime, both as prosecution and defense, ranging from DUIs and theft to murder.

The Right Virginia Criminal Attorney for Your Case

If you or your loved one have been charged with a criminal offense, you are probably concerned about how to find the right lawyer. Virginia criminal lawyers at Scrofano Law PC are the right choice. With Gretchen Taylor Pousson’s exceptional legal prowess, you’re in capable hands with attorneys who prioritize your defense and understand the complexities of your case.

Gretchen Taylor Pousson’s journey from a prosecutor to a passionate defense attorney showcases her exceptional legal acumen. With over 25 years of trial experience, she brings a wealth of experience to Scrofano Law PC. Her unique vantage point, having worked on both sides of the legal aisle, empowers her to anticipate the prosecution’s tactics and create a formidable defense strategy.


Contact Our VA Criminal Lawyers

Being accused of a crime can be terrifying. An imperfect justice system has placed a target on your back, and you’re left to jump through hoops while somebody else chooses your fate.

With Gretchen Taylor Pousson of Scrofano Law on your side, you can rest assured that your future lies in good hands. Our Virginia criminal lawyer understands how to even the chances when it feels like it’s you against the world. Call 703-260-7109 today to schedule a confidential case assessment and discover how we can make justice work for you rather than against you.


We fight for your rights!