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Criminal Defense FAQs

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It is important for you to understand your charges and their potential consequences. Make sure your rights are protected as you move forward with your case. At Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, P.L.C., our Newport News criminal defense lawyer aims to keep you informed through every stage of the process with prompt communication and personalized attention.

Meet Our Criminal Defense Attorney, Shawn Overbey

Shawn Overbey

Keep the power in your hands with answers to some of the most common crime-related questions below:

  • Do I have to let the police search my house? - If the police present a warrant, you are legally required to allow them entrance. However, if they do not have a warrant, you have no legal responsibility to allow them entrance. You may decide to allow them to search your property without a warrant in order to demonstrate your cooperativeness; however, we recommend that you ask for them to return with a warrant, in order to protect yourself and your property.
  • Do I need a lawyer if I want to plead guilty? - Guilty or innocent, we always recommend seeking legal counsel for every type of criminal case. Even if the court determines you to be guilty, having experience legal representation on your side can sometimes help lessen your sentence. We have proven experience in negotiating favorable terms of release as well as in defending clients in court.
  • I think my rights were violated in my arrest; what are my options? - First, contact our firm to discuss the details of your arrest. It helps if you can remember whether there were any witnesses present, what was said to you and how you may have reacted, as well as the reason for your arrest. Sometimes, errors are made on the part of the law enforcement officials, and it is important to make sure that all of the facts of your arrest are made known to the court as you proceed through your trial.

Get Answers from Our Newport News Criminal Defense Attorney

From the moment of your arrest, have a skilled legal team on your side to make sure your rights are not violated. Know your options and discover the effective defense strategies that we can provide to your case. Discuss your case with us today.

For answers to more of your criminal defense questions, contact us today at Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, P.L.C.

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Hear From Our Past Clients
  • “Hunter Old and his team were focused, professional and achieved positive results, quickly.”


  • “Shawn is an amazing lawyer!”


  • “Their competence and skill demonstrated through the trial was nothing short of perfect. ”


  • “Thanks Mr. Heath and your wonderful staff for ALL you've done.”


  • “He gets an A+ from me.”


  • “Thank you Mr. Heath and Val for everything you have done for me and my family over the years!”


  • “Words cannot fully describe what an amazing attorney and advocate you will have in hiring Shawn Overbey.”


  • “Joe Verser has been our lawyer for many years.”


  • “I highly recommend this law firm.”


  • “Thanks for coming to our rescue for the last year and a half.”


  • “From our first meeting, we knew we were going to receive excellent legal representation.”


  • “Shawn is a great lawyer”


  • “I'd pay him more if I could just because of how he has treated my loved one and I.”


  • “His personal contact and concern were refreshing given the common view of lawyers in our society.”


  • “You ran circles around the other two lawyers.”


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