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Roanoke Violent Crimes Lawyer

Violent crimes are often considered felonies in Virginia, meaning if you are convicted, you may face severe penalties, from 12 months in jail to life in prison. At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, our determined attorneys are ready to defend your rights — and your freedom.

Have you been accused of murder? You need a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico at 540-343-9349 or visit our Contact page to schedule a confidential consultation.

Since 1964, our Roanoke law firm has assisted Virginia clients with misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. We have helped countless individuals facing even the most complex violent crimes protect their futures with thorough and effective defense strategies.

Roanoke and Salem Murder Defense Attorneys Protecting Your Future

Roanoke violent crimes attorneys Michelle C. F. Derrico and Richard L. Derrico offer their clients throughout southwest Virginia more than 40 years of combined legal experience. With extensive knowledge of Virginia criminal law as well as the federal judicial system, our accomplished lawyers have the wisdom and skill to defend you.

Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico handles all violent crimes cases involving:

  • Malicious wounding
  • Aggravated assault
  • Murder (first, second, manslaughter, DUI murder)

  • Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
  • Homicide
  • Shooting into an occupied dwelling or vehicle
  • Robbery
  • Home invasions
  • Drug crimes

  • Breaking and entering (burglary)
  • Abduction (kidnapping)
  • Sex offenses (including child sex crimes)

We understand the damaging ramifications associated with an accusation of a violent crime and we are prepared to help you. When you consult with Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, we will listen to your story and conduct an investigation around the alleged crime. This may involve bringing the jury to witness the crime scene.

With subpoenaed medical records and the help of expert witnesses, emergency room personnel, forensics specialists, ballistics specialists, treating physicians, etc., we will fight the charges against you. Whether your case proceeds to trial, we will tenaciously work to preserve your best interests.

Contact Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico Today

We invite you to contact our Roanoke attorneys at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico regarding your difficult legal matters. Call 540-343-9349, or visit our Contact page to schedule a confidential consultation at our law office in Roanoke, Virginia. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with after hours and weekends by appointment. We serve clients in the Roanoke valley and throughout southwest Virginia. Spanish translation available upon request.