As a law firm focused on criminal defense, Parrett Law LLC is dedicated to representing clients accused of any level or type of crime, whether misdemeanors, felonies or traffic matters. Attorney Joshua Parrett has represented clients charged with nearly every possible criminal offense, including:

- Speeding, Reckless Driving, DUI (driving under the influence), DUID (driving under the influence of drugs), Eluding, Hit and Run, Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, Habitual Offender charges, and other traffic offenses

-  Petit Larceny, Simple Possession of Drugs (e.g. Possession of Marijuana), Trespassing, Assault and Battery, Failure to Appear, Indecent Liberties and other misdemeanors

-  Grand Larceny, Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute, Malicious Wounding, Child Abuse and Neglect, Rape, Sex Offenses, Robbery, Murder and other felonies in both bench (judge) trials and jury trials

Parrett Law does not simply handle adult criminal matters. Mr. Parrett has represented countless minors charged with criminal offenses in the juvenile and domestic relations courts. Often times, juvenile delinquency matters have different possible outcomes than their adult counterparts. There are different rules, timelines and other considerations that apply in a minor's case. If your son, daughter or another minor in your care is charged with a criminal violation, including violations for conduct at school, you need a lawyer who understands the different options available in court.

Joshua Parrett has represented clients in serious criminal and traffic matters throughout Virginia. He appears regularly in Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Stafford courts. Whether a matter is in General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations or Circuit Court, Mr. Parrett strives to be familiar with the judges, clerks and prosecutors of all jurisdictions where he appears. Parrett Law was also formerly located in Chesterfield County where the firm focused on criminal defense, and Mr. Parrett is well-acquainted with Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Richmond and Henrico, as well as Caroline, Westmoreland and Prince William Counties.

We represent citizens accused of violations of law which could result in fines or jail time. We advocate for those whose lives are being inspected for suspicions of wrongdoing. We ensure that our clients are respected, and their cases are handled with care and concern for the outcomes and the effects the client will face. And whether a case is fought at a jury trial, negotiated to a plea, or argued to a judge, Mr. Parrett works to give his clients all the information as they need to make a sound decision on how to proceed.  

We fight for your life.  Contact Parrett Law.


When you are charged with a crime, you want a lawyer committed to your case. Parrett Law is founded on the philosophy that preparation, communication and reputation are three of the most important factors that can get our clients the best possible results.

Attorney Joshua Parrett knows the value of thorough preparation. Whether it's filing a motion for discovery, requesting evidence from outside sources, contacting witnesses or just meeting with a prosecutor, Mr. Parrett knows that understanding the case against you is essential to forming a good defense.  At Parrett Law, we make sure that we are as prepared as possible at every step in your case.

Communication is the second emphasis of Parrett Law. As a client, you should understand the case against you.  The elements of the law and the consequences you face should be explained to you in a clear, straightforward and respectful way.  Mr. Parrett remembers that you are the client; Parrett Law exists to serve you. Mr. Parrett makes sure that you are given the information you need to make important decisions during a stressful time.

Finally, Mr. Parrett has spent years building a positive reputation with clients, the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement and other attorneys. A reputation of being honest, respectful, trustworthy and thorough is a solid foundation for handling your case. Mr. Parrett firmly believes that a good reputation will not only put clients at ease, but may even help smooth the path toward resolution of a case, whether it is through trial, plea or negotiation.

If you need legal assistance, call Parrett Law. We have extensive experience in criminal defense, and may even be of assistance in non-criminal matters. And if we cannot handle your case, we'll assist you in finding someone who can. So contact us. We'll get you headed in the right direction.


As an attorney and the founding member of Parrett Law LLC, Joshua M. Parrett focuses on obtaining the best results for his clients whether through trial, negotiations or settlement. He strives to be a trustworthy advocate for his clients, in and out of court. 

Mr. Parrett has handled hundreds of criminal and traffic cases as a defense attorney. Mr. Parrett began focusing primarily on criminal law when he served regularly as court-appointed private counsel in Chesterfield County for indigent defendants starting in 2008. Since then, his work has covered various misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana, petit larceny and assault and battery, as well as serious felony offenses such as drug possession, armed robbery, malicious wounding, rape and murder.  

Mr. Parrett takes pride in being a trial attorney, and has tried cases before judges and juries in multiple jurisdictions in Virginia. Today, his practice mainly focuses on handling criminal defense cases in the Stafford, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania area courts; however, he has also handled criminal cases with regularity in all of the following cities and counties: Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond, Caroline, Prince William and Westmoreland. His practice extends to both the adult and juvenile delinquency criminal courts, and he has extensive experience advocating for clients of all ages.


Don’t navigate the criminal system alone. The stakes are too high. Contact us for knowledgeable, experienced defense.


Facing a criminal charge is daunting. There are numerous rules, procedures and processes in place before you ever even get to a courtroom or to trial. In this page, we'll try to give you a brief overview of what to expect when dealing with the court, as well as answer a few commonly-asked questions.


Virginia has two levels of trial courts. The "lower courts" are the General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts.  Both have the power to try cases which are misdemeanors, and also conduct preliminary hearings for felonies. The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court conducts trials for charges which involve a minor-age defendant, and which would be felony charges if the defendant had been an adult (18 or older). The "higher court" is the Circuit Court, and it tries all felony charges for adults, as well as any appeals from the lower courts involving misdemeanors.

Beyond the trial courts, there are appellate courts, which review rulings of trial courts to see if those rulings comply with the requirements of the law. That job may seem odd, since all courts are concerned with the law; however, a trial often raises numerous legal issues upon which the parties disagree, and a judge must rule on them all fairly quickly. An appellate court is generally able to look at any legal issue or ruling of the trial judge which is challenged by a party from the trial, and rule as to the ruling's legal correctness one at a time.  In Virginia, the two appellate courts are the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.


The process of getting a criminal charge from an arrest or summons all the way through a trial is too complex for a full description here. But in general, if you're charged with a crime, be prepared to go through the following steps:

For a misdemeanor crime, such as petit larceny, DUI or others, cases usually have two main hearings.  The first, usually called a "first return" or "arraignment," is where a defendant must appear in court and be advised of A) the charge(s) pending against him or her, and B) his or her right to the assistance of a lawyer. The defendant then typically tells the judge what decision will be made about a lawyer (the defendant can hire a lawyer, request a court-appointed lawyer, or represent him or herself), and a trial date is set. The second hearing is the trial, and if the defendant is found guilty, he or she is typically sentenced by the judge on the same day.

For a felony crime, such as grand larceny, malicious wounding, robbery or others, the process is usually much longer. Often, the defendant will have the "first return" described above, just like in a misdemeanor, before a judge in the lower court. However, the next court appearance is usually a preliminary hearing. This is held in lower court, but is a hearing for a judge to simply consider whether to send, or certify, the case on to a grand jury for its consideration. The preliminary hearing is not a guilt or innocence hearing, and often the defendant presents no evidence.

If the case is sent to the grand jury, then the grand jurors are also given evidence from only the prosecution. The purpose of the grand jury is to decide whether to certify the case for an actual trial in circuit court. If the case is certified, the defendant will have a new arraignment in circuit court, and a trial date is set. If the defendant is convicted at trial or pleads guilty, he or she will be sentenced at a later and final hearing date.


As you can see, the criminal process is not a simple one. If you're charged with a crime, there are some things you can do to be more prepared for the road ahead.

First, consult with a lawyer, even if you don't hire one. There can be a lot riding on the outcome of your case--jobs, rights, consequences for your family, to name a few--and you'll want to understand what could happen to you. A lawyer can advise you what to expect based on your particular charge and circumstances. And speak to a lawyer as soon as you can after being charged, since even a few days' delay could be the difference between securing or losing possible evidence for your defense.

Second, understand that you'll need to go to court. Unless you're charged with an infraction (where a conviction cannot result in jail time, such as a simple speeding ticket), you will almost certainly need to appear in court. And if you miss a court appearance without a legally-acceptable excuse, you could be arrested for your non-appearance! So plan on needing some time away from work.

Third, review the steps in the process as outlined above, and prepare for the length of time it may take to resolve your matter. Defendants in felony matters are often given a bond to ensure they appear for a court date. Those bonds sometimes restrict the defendant's ability to leave the state or travel internationally, so make sure you understand how long your matter might take. You don't want to plan a vacation overseas when your trial is pending if your bond won't let you leave Virginia!  Misdemeanors usually require a month or more to find time for both needed court hearings.  Felonies can take 6 months or more from the day you're charged to the day the case is finalized.  

These are very, very brief overviews of the process.  As a citizen accused of a crime, it is most important to note the procedures above, and the complexities of handling a criminal case. There are usually multiple hearings in even the simplest cases, and a complex felony charge could require at least 6 or more appearances! This is in addition to the difficulty a non-lawyer would experience in actually trying his or her case--where the rules of evidence, procedure, presentation and possible jury selection are almost certainly foreign to the defendant.


Your initial consult is free. We believe that an accused defendant should not have to pay a lawyer before that lawyer is hired.

The reality is that a good defense attorney's services are not free. The fees charged by criminal defense lawyers reflect much more than a client's criminal charges; the experience of the attorney, the time required to prepare the case, the complexity of the matter and even the court in which the case may be heard are just some of the various considerations we make when setting our fees.

There is some good news, however.  

First, if you are currently charged with a crime, your initial consult is free. We believe that an accused defendant should not have to pay a lawyer before that lawyer is hired.  

Further, if you retain Mr. Parrett, in most cases he charges flat fees. This means that you pay one known amount up front to cover all of the firm's and attorney's time spent on preparing and, if necessary, trying your case. No monthly bills. Just consistent help at a time when you need it most. 

In addition, we offer the ability to scale your payments. What does that mean?  It means that we believe that a client who wants to hire us just to negotiate an outcome (or even just attend court when he or she enters a plea) should not pay the same fee as a client who knows he or she wants an all-out jury trial. At Parrett Law, the fee fits the work a client requests; one size does not fit all.  

Finally, in some limited instances, we offer payment plans for those in certain circumstances.  For example, we will usually consider allowing a parent of a minor child charged with a crime to make payments at regular intervals.

If the cost of hiring a lawyer is a concern, give us a call. You might be surprised what we can do for you.