I graduated from University of South Florida with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in... more
I graduated from University of South Florida with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Social Science. My original thesis was accepted in 2006 entitled, "The Role of the Mitigation Expert for the Defense in the Penalty Phase of Capital Sentencing." Additionally, my honors thesis was accepted in 2006 entitled, "Deep in the Forest There Lies a Green Room: An ... view profile
Melinda L. VanLowe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the... more
Melinda L. VanLowe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the University of Virginia. She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law. After graduating from law school, Melinda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis J. Smith, now Chief Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.Following her clerkship, Ms. VanLowe joined the fi... view profile
A native of Northern Virginia, Steve Duckett graduated from the University of... more
A native of Northern Virginia, Steve Duckett graduated from the University of Richmond with a Political Science and Economics degree in 1994, and graduated with a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Steve has been practicing criminal defense law in Northern Virginia since 1997. Admitted to all courts in Virginia, Steve has experience in the Virginia Court of Appe... view profile
If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt. The defense attorney will also know what information you need to prove your innocence, including whether there are any legal rules justifying your actions.