1. If You Need A Criminal Defense or Traffic Lawyer, Call Our Law Firm Right Away

    When you're in trouble with the law, it's important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Delaying this could get you in even deeper trouble. It doesn't matter what you've been accused of; we're here to be your criminal defense or traffic attorney to get you out the other side of the legal process in one piece. If you need a criminal defense attorney: No matter what you're ac…Read More

  2. Should I Plead Guilty or Not Guilty?

    Pleading guilty or no contest to a criminal charge is an option whether or not you really believe that you are guilty. Everyone who has spent much time in criminal court knows that most criminal defendants plead guilty. Sometimes defendants who are really innocent of the charges against them decide to plead guilty because they have been offered a deal that substantially reduces the likely penalty …Read More

  3. When It’s Time For Civil Litigation, Call Lawyers Who Care

    Civil litigation is an important part of our legal system, allowing individuals and companies the right to seek recompense when they believe they have been wronged. No matter how similar the circumstance may seem, we know that every case is different because every set of circumstances and every relationship is different. We can help you no matter which side of the law you fall on. For A Plaintiff:…Read More

  4. Navigating Laws That Impact Your Business, Contact TATE BYWATER

    No matter what you make or what service you perform, there are stages that just about every business goes through as they grow. We're happy to tell you TATE BYWATER can assist you at the beginning and at every step along the way. At The Beginning: Choosing the proper business entity for formation is a crucial part of the start of your business.  Does your current business make the IRS happy, or …Read More

  5. If You’re In Dire Financial Straits, Enlist The Help Of A Bankruptcy Attorney Right Away

    There are so many reasons people come to us seeking help with bankruptcy. Poor business decisions, divorce, loss of job or ability to work, and the excessive medical bills that can come from injury. Here at TATE BYWATER we've seen people interested in bankruptcy because of many, many circumstance. That's why it's important to keep the following in mind. It's not always your fault - We realize not …Read More

  6. Child Support Basics

    Getting a divorce is messy and difficult, but it's even more difficult when there are children in the mix. One of the issues that gets brought up the most is child support. It's made more difficult to agree on child support when one parent is the one giving and the other is receiving. As family law attorneys practicing primarily in Fairfax County we at TATE BYWATER want to make sure that figuring…Read More

  7. Should Contracts Include an Arbitration Clause?

    I have recently been involved in a litigation matter involving a contract in which there is in excess of $1 million at issue.  The contract between the parties contained a term that any dispute involving the contract would be arbitrated under the rules of a particular international arbitration group instead of being litigated in the court system.  Many commercial contracts have such provisions.…Read More

  8. I Am Charged With A Crime

    Our law partner, Jim Tate, has written his first book. The title is I Am Charged With a Crime, and it is available here on Amazon.com. Jim was persuaded by his co-author, Charles Van Hardenbergh, to write the book; and we think you will agree Van was inspired to encourage him to write it. Jim Tate has been trying cases, many of them criminal, for almost a half century in the United States and in V…Read More

  9. Home School v. Public School

    When the custody of a child is in dispute, the courts make determinations as to what custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child.  The courts look to several factors as outlined by statute and/or case law. Click to see the best interest factors in VA, MD, and DC.  Not surprisingly, parents diverge in what they believe is in the child's best interests. Recently I was involved in a c…Read More

  10. Common Sense Rules for Lawyers

    Many years ago as I began the practice of law, I realized how important it was for an attorney at law to be a positive example in the community in which he or she serves. No matter how many lawyer jokes people hear or re-tell, when their liberty is threatened they have no place to go except their attorney. When the Government decides that you are guilty of criminal activity and should be removed f…Read More