|Tracy Neyhart||Brad McConnell|
G. BRADLEY McCONNELL
Brad McConnell is a native of the New River Valley and has lived here for most of his life. His practice focuses on criminal defense (including DUI and serious traffic offenses) and civil litigation (including personal injury).
|Juris Doctorate:||University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia|
|B.A. (History and a minor in Political Science):||James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia|
Admitted to practice by the Virginia Supreme Court, the United States District Court, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Defense - a significant portion of Brad's practice is devoted to criminal defense (including DUI and serious traffic offenses) and he offers representation on all felonies and misdemeanors (including drug possession and/or distribution, sexual assault, alcohol offenses, assault and battery, and weapons offenses). DUI and other serious traffic offenses (such as reckless driving, eluding the police and hit and run) can trigger mandatory sentencing laws, loss of driver's license, and astronomical insurance increases. Drug possession or drug distribution charges may impact a client's eligibility for government benefits, including federal student aid and housing assistance.
Frequently it is in a client's best interest to negotiate a plea bargain to a reduced charge or less severe punishment rather than run the risks inherent in a criminal trial. However, this is not always possible or desirable. Brad has won numerous cases at trial in front of both judges and juries and will aggressively represent his client's interest.
The New River Valley has a large population of college age residents and students thanks to the presence of Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College. Students may also be charged judicially through their schools and Brad can assist them in navigating that process. Students and young people also need to be aware of the long term consequences of any criminal convictions, including the impact on future employment, security clearances and professional licensing. Virginia severely limits the expungement of criminal charges depending on the outcome at trial. If clients are interested in having their charges expunged in the future, they need an attorney who can attempt to ensure their case is resolved in a satisfactory manner to maintain eligibility for future expungement.
Civil Litigation - Brad also offers representation in civil trials (including personal injury). Personal injury and breach of contract are the primary basis for most of the civil litigation that Brad handles. While most cases are handled through a process of negotiation and settlement, Brad aggressively pursues his client's interest and will absolutely proceed to trial should it be necessary.
Brad currently lives in Christiansburg and works in Blacksburg. He lives with his family and their rescue dogs. He has served on the board of directors of charitable organizations.