The Pickett Law Group, PLLC

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a month ago
Let me begin by saying I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with Arthur Pickett. I found myself in a completely foreign situation, and had no idea where to start. Arthur was straightforward, professional, knowledgeable, as well as kind and polite. He was attentive and patient. I never had to wait for a response to my numerous questions and concerns. Thanks to Arthur Pickett my case had a positive outcome. I would have been lost without his expertise. A true professional.
- Serena B
2 months ago
If you want a skilled, knowledgable attorney and one of the most well mannered, polite and truly kind lawyers you will ever know, you must hire John Pickett!. Don't let his youth fool you (he's 30). This guy is a former prosecutor and knows what he's doing. Not only is he a skilled lawyer who knows all the players, he will charm your socks off. He is so incredibly likable, genuine, polite, mature, well dressed, and handsome, he's like the James Bond of the Fairfax legal community! What makes him so unique is that he has both a linear legal brain, and is a Master at Emotional Intelligence. This is a rare combination indeed and you get the best of both worlds. With this ideal combination of traits, I truly believe John Pickett will soon become one of the most sought out criminal attorneys in the area. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again , nor would I think twice about recommending him. You'd be crazy not to hire this up and comer if you want superior legal assistance and a class a...
- Julie R
a month ago
John Pickett may very well be the most charismatic man I’ve met in my life. I had a significant reckless driving charge (92/55) dropped to improper driving. And while I was very lucky in being charged by a forgiving and kind-hearted officer, I truly believe that the result would’ve been far different if I didn’t have a lawyer like Mr. Pickett.
- Bilal Z

Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

People look for an attorney when trying to solve a legal problem or get out of one. This search is complicated by the fact that there are a lot of options to choose from. Given the severe consequences that may be associated with criminal charges, it is absolutely critical that you find the best criminal defense attorney for your case. If you are interested in how to find the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Fairfax County and surrounding areas, you are at the right place.

Before we dive into the details of finding the best criminal justice attorney for you, let us take a brief look at their roles.

Who is a Criminal Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney has the knowledge and skills required to defend individuals charged with criminal cases.


The defense’s aim is to get the best outcome for the client. The attorney has the power to interact and negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf.

Case Investigation

A criminal defense lawyer investigates the case to collect evidence that can be used to build a strong defense. In the process of investigation, they are allowed to question the police who are in charge of the case and also visit the crime scene to gather more information.



Your attorney can interview witnesses to collect information about the case and to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the case.

Organize Exhibits for Demonstration in Court

Attorneys can carefully examine the evidence to determine legal theories and facts to build a strong defense for the case.

 They also gather additional information to use as evidence against the prosecution charges.

Represents Defendants in Trial

Lawyers can gather witnesses to testify in court, cross-examine the witness and also persuade the jury that the evidence produced by the prosecution is insufficient, inadmissible or baseless to warrant a guilty


The criminal justice attorney also represents defendant during the sentencing phase. 

Sentencing Negotiation

Your criminal defense lawyer can negotiate with the prosecution regarding plea bargain for the reduction of charges in relevant cases.

Qualities of a Good Criminal Defense Attorney

With experience, your attorney would have developed enough confidence to help steer cases to a favorable conclusion. This includes the ability to sway the jury to your side. Another advantage of an experienced attorney in your locality is that they have built relationships with the court system and knows the exact approach to take on your case.

Excellent Communication Skills
Your defense lawyer should understand your situation, able to deal with stressful and emotional moments in a professional manner. Find someone who can explain to you your options and also gives you advice.


You don’t just want an attorney interested in fees only. Criminal cases can come with heavy consequences, thus, a passionate lawyer who will give their all to get the best outcome for you is a necessary ally.

Apart from the professional requirement of confidentiality, a good attorney must keep your case discussions private even to relatives and people who have no interest nor influence in the case.
CompetentThe best criminal defense attorney or team for your case should have experience handling similar cases with good outcomes. This is important so they can present you with the best options. 

How to Find and Hire the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

Ask for Referrals
The traditional approach is to ask associates, friends, or family for referrals. They may refer you to a criminal defense attorney with an excellent reputation, skill, knowledge and experience of handling criminal cases. What if you are new to an area or couldn’t get a satisfactory option?
The internet also offers an indirect referral approach. If you search online for “Fairfax County criminal defense Attorney”, you will find results of legal firms with feedback from people who have used the services.

Check Responsiveness
After getting your messages. 

Your potential attorney should respond promptly to your emails or phone calls and set up an appointment as soon as possible.

Have Courtroom Experience

You want to ensure that the law firm you choose specializes in a case like yours. They should have experience in trying such cases. Ask relevant questions about your case and your potential lawyer’s experience with the legal proceedings. Ensure they can put up a strong defense and are not afraid of trials when necessary.

Solid Legal Team

Another factor to consider when hiring an attorney is the legal team. While law firms such as The Pickett Law Group has a legal team with relevant experience in criminal defense and related cases some firms are run on a solo arrangement. 

A legal team can offer beneficial perspectives and support to help a case.

The above advice also applies if you are looking for the services of a:
DUI Attorney
Personal Injury Lawyer
Protective Order Attorney
Grand Larceny Attorney
Reckless Driving Attorney 
Petit Larceny Attorney 
Hit and Run Attorney
Drug Possession Attorney 
ASAP Violation Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney
Domestic Assault Attorney 
Security Clearance Lawyer 
BCMR Attorney 
Expungement Attorney
Underage Possession Attorney 

Areas served by The Pickett Law Group include:
Fairfax County, VA, USA
Loudoun County, VA, USA
Prince William County, VA, USA
Arlington, VA, USA
Falls Church, VA, USA
Alexandria, VA, USA
Northern VA, USA

Address: 3607 Chain Bridge Rd Unit D, Fairfax VA 22030
Phone: 703-218-8467

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Fairfax, VA 22030
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