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Criminal Defense Attorney

Work with a Lawyer Who Is Personally Invested in Your Case

Being accused of or charged with a criminal offense is one of the most life-changing events a person can face. If you have suddenly been placed under the overwhelming scrutiny of the criminal justice system, do not think that you must fight for your name, reputation, or freedom on your own. As a criminal defense lawyer in Fredericksburg, I can help you face the upcoming legal process. No matter what your case involves, I am prepared to provide a diligent, skillful, and tireless defense strategy for you.

I am Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, and I have more than 11 years of legal experience. As a former prosecutor, I am well aware of the various pitfalls or obstacles that may prevent you from securing the results you need. I know the personalities of local judges, prosecutors, and police officers and can share this knowledge with you so you have a better understanding of how they may handle your case. I understand that people from all walks of life can face criminal charges and I want to use my experience to help eliminate or mitigate the harsh consequences associated with a criminal conviction.

To talk to me about how I can help in your case, call my firm at (540) 827-4446 today.

Words of Thanks
from Past Clients

“I never felt like he judged me or thought badly of me because of what I was charged with. One of my favorite things about him is that he speaks to you in a way that normal people speak, uses language that is easy to understand and always explains things in depth to make sure you understand them all while maintaining a professional, friendly demeanor.” – Jess, Former Client

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  • Why did you choose a career in criminal law?

    Before I went to law school I worked at a law firm, delivering paperwork to other offices and researching title for real estate transactions. One of the attorneys took on a case defending Joe (not his real name) on a charge of robbery from a motel. The firm was not one that typically took on criminal cases, but for some reason they took Joe’s.

    I was intrigued and convinced my boss to let me work the case: finding and interviewing potential witnesses, serving subpoenas, and discussing the defense as he developed it. I got to watch the trial and was hooked from there – I never wanted to do anything other than try cases in court.

  • What sets you apart from other criminal defense attorneys?

    I have a team of partners and associates who also practice criminal defense regularly. I couple our big-firm power with one-on-one client attention. Clients do not typically only speak with my secretaries or paralegals because they can reach me on my cell phone at any time they need. I want my clients to feel like they can talk to me directly but still have the confidence in knowing my entire team is working hard behind the scenes.

    Additionally, bailiffs and court reporters, prosecutors, police officers, and sheriff’s deputies have hired me to represent their loved ones. These are the people who see all local trial lawyers in their element, and they place their trust in me. While I am honored any time someone recommends me to their friends and families, I believe these specific referrals showcase exactly how well I do my job.

  • How does your experience benefit your clients?

    I have over 11 years of legal experience in criminal law, both as a defense attorney and as a former prosecutor. Experience allows me to predict opportunities and pitfalls in your case. Knowing the personalities involved (judges, prosecutors, officers, etc.) lets me share that intelligence with you so that you can have a better idea of what to do next.

  • How do you prepare for a difficult case?

    I strive to remove all assumptions from my brain when I first get involved. I try to understand exactly what the prosecutor thinks happened and exactly what the prosecutor can prove. By gathering as much information as I can about what is available to the prosecution – and what isn’t – I can then satisfy myself with research on potential legal defenses. I then move on to the most rewarding portion of trial preparation: developing factual defenses. To truly understand the risks and potential rewards of trial, every bit of “lawyer” needs to exit my brain. I become Andy the Juror instead of Andy the Lawyer. When I can see the case for what it is and hear the argument without a word of legalese, I know how best to proceed.

  • What motivates you to be the best lawyer you can be?

    There is no substitute for a hug from someone’s mother, who is on her way from the courthouse to the jail to pick up her child and then hug him for the first time in months. Words cannot describe the feeling of walking out of court and checking my text messages, to see a photograph of my client with his little baby in his arms, coupled with words of thanks from his family for keeping or getting him home.

Strategic & Tactical Defense for Criminal Charges

I handle criminal cases and appeals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, including:

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Helping People Who Are Facing the Hardest Tests of Their Lives

People come to my firm under dire circumstances. First-time offenders and repeat offenders alike can be facing the reality of a criminal conviction and the serious consequences that come with it. Whether you are properly the target of an investigation or have been falsely accused, whether you have been charged already or not, I am prepared to fight to secure the results you need to move forward with your life.

I personally enjoy the challenge of structuring a defense strategy to prevent collateral consequences, such as school or military discipline, or loss of security clearance. I understand that people from all walks of life find themselves facing criminal charges and I enjoy helping them avoid or minimize future issues.