It’s shocking to a community when a person is violently killed. It is perhaps especially shocking to a smaller community like Louisa County. Residents get frightened and angry, and want to see justice done as soon as possible.

At times like these, it’s important to take a step back and remember that everyone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Everyone deserves a defense.

Recently, a man was arrested in connection to the shooting death of another man here in Louisa County. According to police, the victim was found in a garage with a bullet wound to his head one night earlier this month. Emergency personnel took him to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Police said they found the defendant down the street from the garage. They said they found a gun nearby. According to news reports, he will face multiple charges, including murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

If convicted, the charges could land the man in prison for the rest of his life. It’s possible he could even face the death penalty, as Virginia continues to keep capital punishment on the books.

The stakes are high in any violent crime case. The public wants to see justice done. Prosecutors want to score a conviction, and have ample resources to throw into winning one. It’s crucial that people accused of crimes seek out help from a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

An attorney can help an accused person understand the options available to them. With the right strategy, people can minimize the damage these charges can do to their freedom and their future.