Chesapeake, Virginia Criminal Lawyers

Ramsey Alnaif
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Real trial experience. High quality and reliable at an affordable flat fee

Represented hundreds of clients facing criminal charges. Knows a lot of criminal law and procedure. Ramsey delivers a high quality and reliable defense at an affordable flat fee. Read more about some of his victories Read More »
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Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
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Go-To Criminal Defense Attorney.

Stephen P. Pfeiffer is known locally as the “Go-To-DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney.” Stephen is a partner at Wolcott Rivers Gates, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Virginia Beach. Stephen has been... Read More »
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John Naumovski
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Defended 1000s of criminal charges. 12 yrs of courtroom experience. Flat Fees.

Recognized as a "Top 10" Criminal Defense Lawyer by Multiple Legal Organizations, attorney John Naumovski's main focus area is on criminal defense. All cases are handled at a flat, fixed attorney fee. Read More »
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Wayne E. Holcomb
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Virginia Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Let me be the first to welcome you to Holcomb Law. Our firm is devoted to public outreach and education about the legal system, and I have written several articles and e-books on a variety of topics, including divorce,... Read More »
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Monte E. Kuligowski
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(757) 424-5434 1403 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
MONTE KULIGOWSKI IS A VIRGINIA ATTORNEY who concentrates in DUI / DWI, reckless driving, felonies, infractions and serious traffic accidents and injuries. He has handled cases from murder to misdemeanors.

Monte has been defending clients throughout Virginia since 1997. He has won cases at every judicial level of the Commonwealth, including the Virginia Supreme Court.

Attorney Kuligowski is admitted to practice in federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He has won DUI cases in both state and federal court. Over the years, he has gained experience with virtually every kind of...
W. Andrew Patzig
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(757) 942-5717 2006 Old Greenbrier Rd
#7
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, Family, Juvenile and Trademarks
After finishing law school, I started a company focused on teaching new fathers (by birth or adoption) skills and abilities they may not have had a chance to learn. Eventually I closed that business in order to work in the area of foreclosure prevention law due to the increasingly common foreclosure (which in Virginia can happen very quickly). I have chosen to continue to help people in need at my own law firm so I can give my clients the attention they deserve.
Matthew T Taylor Sr.
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(757) 362-8400 205 S. Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal
Hello, to all of those in need of criminal defense. I've been around the block a time or two when it comes to a full life of experiences and three careers from which to draw informed decisions and direction for you in your time of need. I, myself, am a son, a father and grand father. I have been an independently thinking person since age 16 when I ran away from home to join a Catholic Missionary Order (1973-84) and travel the world. At one time I was proficient in Spanish, French, German and Italian and can revert back to...
Michael J. Woods
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(757) 424-9500 1736 South Park Ct, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal and Divorce
University of Dayton School of Law
Former 14 year Police Officer 19 year member of the Chesapeake School Board
Shelly F Wood
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(757) 312-0211 501 Cedar Road
Suite 2A
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
James E. Short
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(757) 410-5042 652 Independence Pkwy.
Ste. 120
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, James Short graduated, cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his law degree in 1986 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. After graduating, Mr. Short was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He started his career as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and held that position for four years. He has been in private practice since 1991. Mr. Short is admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and...
Steve C. Taylor
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(757) 528-2764 133 Mt. Pleasant Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Brad Hudgins
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(757) 528-2743 133 Mt. Pleasant Rd #A
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Andrew Timothy Shilling
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Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(757) 436-1558 220 Mount Pleasant Road
Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal, Business, DUI and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(757) 707-8560 220 Mount Pleasant Rd
Ste 102
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal and Family
Regent University School of Law
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(757) 819-6980 1105 Madison Plaza
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, Business and DUI
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(757) 312-9199 1108 Madison Plaza
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(757) 547-5000 411 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal and DUI
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(757) 216-9861 1119 Lindale Dr
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(757) 482-5205 392 Battlefield Blvd., Suite 202
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Criminal
Chesapeake, VA Criminal Law Attorney
200 Battlefield Blvd N
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Divorce
Jamilah D. LeCruise
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(757) 627-5215 555 East Main Street
Suite 1212
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal and Divorce
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Before opening the Law Office of J. D. LeCruise, Jamilah LeCruise served as an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Norfolk, handling hundreds of criminal cases. She zealously defended clients charged with a variety of criminal offenses including traffic crimes, misdemeanors, felonies, and probation violations. From larceny and drug possession to burglary and firearms offense, Ms. LeCruise has experience in bench and jury trials. Over the years, she has established a strong reputation as a fierce advocate for her clients and has earned the respect of her peers and members of the judiciary. Ms. LeCruise graduated with...
John Naumovski
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(757) 630-9294 500 E. Plume St, Suite 401
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Virginia School of Law
Recipient of Multiple Awards in his profession and recognized as one of the top 40 attorneys in Virginia who are under 40 for Criminal Defense by both the National Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates, Attorney Naumovski is in court on a daily basis aggressively defending those facing criminal or traffic accusations. Attorney Naumovski graduated First in his Class in College as well as First in his Class in Graduate School and attended a top 10 National Law School (University of Virginia, School of Law, ranked 7th out of 200...
Kelly L. Vasta
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(757) 828-4141 500 E. Plume Street Suite 220
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
Kelly L. Vasta, a founding member of Nield, Delpierre & Vasta PLC, represents her clients in the seven cities of Southside Hampton Roads and beyond, including Northampton and Williamsburg/James County, Virginia. She focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense, traffic, juvenile criminal defense, family law and personal injury and wrongful death cases. Ms. Vasta is a kind, compassionate and caring individual who stands up for those without a voice. As a trial lawyer, Ms. Vasta employs lifelong advocacy skills to zealously represent her clients in the courtroom and through all stages of litigation. As an...
Peter John Louie
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
5265 Providence Road, Suite 302
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Liberty University
Mr. Louie focuses his practice on traffic defense in Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads area. Mr. Louie also conducts mediations to help people in conflict.
Chad Dorsk
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(757) 423-0271 409 Duke Street, Unit 100
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Dorsk Law Office, Plc. provides unparalleled legal representation for clients facing felony, misdemeanor criminal charges and traffic offenses in Norfolk, Newport News and its surrounding areas. We have extensive experience in both Virginia State and Federal Court cases. This criminal law firm has a reputation for providing quality representation and legal advice to all of our clients.

During your worst moments we are at our best. We will defend you aggressively against the most heinous of charges such as:
Abduction and kidnapping, including parental kidnapping
Alcohol charges: underage possession of alcohol, drunk in public
Larceny, theft, shoplifting, concealment
Fraud, credit card theft, identity theft
White...
Tory Delpierre
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(757) 828-4141 500 East Plume Street, Suite 220
Norfolk, VA 23510
Criminal, Family and Juvenile
Stetson University College of Law
Melinda Faith Seemar
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(757) 622-6011 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 435
Dominion Tower
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of New Hampshire School of Law
I have been practicing in the Tidewater courthouses, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk for over 18 years. I practice criminal law, misdemeanors, serious traffic and felony cases. I provide a 1/2 hour no charge consultation to review your case with you.
C. Gerard Thompson
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Portsmouth, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(757) 399-6868 601 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
College of William and Mary
After graduating from law school in 1980, I served four years as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Roanoke and Portsmouth, Virginia. Tried approximately 60 criminal jury trials during my first four years of practice.

After my service as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, I entered civil practice. My civil practice includes many personal injury trials. Currently, I accept civil, criminal, personal injury and traffic cases.
Matthew Curcione
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(757) 777-3700 999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2525
Norfolk, VA 23510
Criminal and DUI
Regent University
If you are searching for a Norfolk criminal defense attorney, you should look no further than Curcione Law. Attorney Matt Curcione has a thorough understanding of criminal law, and he is prepared to assist you today. He received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University, after earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Niagara University. While he was in law school, he worked at the Virginia Beach Police Department. He filled the following different positions at the police department: on the oceanfront’s community policing squad, as a precinct patrol officer, and as a warrant and fugitive officer. These various positions gave him invaluable...
Kenneth Golski
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(757) 606-8095 P.O. Box 11042
Norfolk, VA 23517
Criminal, Business, Elder and Employment
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Ken Golski concentrates his practice on general business matters such as contract review and negotiation, corporate formation, collection issues and other matters a small, large, or individual business owner may face. He also has extensive experience in employment law, civil litigation, and criminal law. Ken is a member of Golski Law Group in Norfolk, Virginia, was a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, represented the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Public Schools as a member of the Office of the City Attorney of the City of Virginia Beach, and served as...
Ed Atkinson
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(757) 656-3084 500 East Main Street Suite 1501
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Medical Malpractice
Michael Stephen Weisberg
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 51 years experience
(757) 777-9214 112 College Place
Norfolk, VA 23510
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
Michael graduated from the University of South Carolina Pettigrew School of Law in 1969 with a Juris Doctor. He was a finalist in the Prince Competition, where he demonstrated exceptional ability in appellate advocacy. He was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts. While in law school, he was selected by the NAACP to travel to Memphis, Tennessee. There, he helped investigate police brutality in connection with the Memphis riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Among lawyer associations, Michael was admitted to both...
Diane P. Toscano
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(757) 751-0728 440 Monticello Ave. Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA 23510
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer
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(757) 554-0258 200 Bendix Road, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationVirginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Criminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
Regent University School of Law
Stephen P. Pfeiffer is known locally as the “Go-To-DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney.” Stephen is a partner at Wolcott Rivers Gates, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Virginia Beach. Stephen has been published as a coauthor in the in the nationally recognized “Inside the Minds” series by Aspatore Books on ­The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases “A Practitioner’s Everyday Insight Into DWI/DUI Defense in Virginia”. Stephen has an AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the...
Shemeka C Hankins
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(757) 337-2500 1240 Perimeter Parkway
Suite 404
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
Attorney Shemeka Hankins is an experienced prior prosectuor with years of criminal litigation experience. A seasoned trial attorney, she is well-versed in a number of criminal areas such as drugs/narcotics/marijuana, driving under the influence (DUI/DWI), theft crimes, and juvenile justice. She also has experience with mental health programs, license restoration, restoration of gun rights, and expungements.

Shemeka Hankins is a committed servant of the community and puts the rights of clients at the forefront of the defense. She is dedicated to helping her clients protect their freedoms and defend their rights in legal situations. Attorney Shemeka Hankins is a...
Wayne E. Holcomb
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(757) 317-1000 468 Investors Place
Suite 202A
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Regent University School of Law
Let me be the first to welcome you to Holcomb Law. Our firm is devoted to public outreach and education about the legal system, and I have written several articles and e-books on a variety of topics, including divorce, child custody, mediation, reckless driving, DUI defense, criminal defense and expungement of criminal records. We will provide this information to you, free of charge. Contact us any time to schedule your initial strategy meeting with one of our experienced attorneys. You might not be happy now, probably not, but I can almost guarantee that you will be happy with your Counsel...
Kristin Paulding
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(757) 716-7494 291 Independence Blvd
Bldg. 4, Suite 223
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
State University of New York - Buffalo
At 7 Cities Law I specialize in Criminal Defense and Juvenile Law. I started my legal career eight years ago as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where I tried hundreds of criminal cases. My experience extends from the most serious of violent felonies like Murder or Sexual Assault to misdemeanors such as Traffic Offenses, Domestic Violence and School Disciplinary Hearings. I was recently selected by the National Trial Lawyers as one of their Top 40 Under 40. I pride myself on being prepared and working with my clients as a team to get the best result in our...
Michelle Mordue Helms
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(757) 516-0684 2697 International Parkway
Parkway II, Suite 106
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Syracuse University College of Law
High-quality representation and client satisfaction with over 31 years of experience.

Better Business Bureau member with an A+ rating.

Michelle Mordue Helms is a distinguished DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Family Law attorney who routinely handles cases throughout Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas.

Her dedication to her clients, extensive knowledge of the law and her understanding of the applications of the law are what sets her apart from other lawyers.

Michelle Mordue Helms began as a Paralegal 31 years ago and is a graduate of Syracuse Law School. She was admitted to practice law in New York...
Eric Leckie
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(757) 337-2727 1240 Perimeter Parkway
Suite 404
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Free ConsultationVirginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Employment
Seton Hall University School of Law
If you have been arrested for a serious offense, and the fate of your liberties and livelihood depends on the outcome of negotiations with prosecutors, or a trial in criminal courts — when experience matters in the defense attorney you select — Invictus Law, aggressively defends your rights. Attorney Eric Leckie is an experienced trial lawyer in both state and federal criminal law. As an active duty Marine Officer, he spent nearly 12 years as a Judge Advocate. During that time, Eric Leckie served as a prosecutor, operational law advisor, and staff judge advocate for numerous commands in...
Steve Miyares
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Norfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(757) 955-7739 5900 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
A resident of Virginia Beach for over 30 years, Mr. Miyares has deep roots in our community. A graduate of Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Mr. Miyares went on to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk. After earing a B.S. in Political Science in 2000, Mr Miyares earned his J.D. in 2003 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. After his admission to the Virginia Bar in 2003, Mr. Miyares proudly worked in the office of the Norfolk Public Defender. During 8 years in that office, Mr. Miyares gained...
Ramsey Alnaif
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(757) 991-0999 123 A View Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23503
Free ConsultationNorfolk, VA Criminal Law Attorney
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
PLEASE NOTE THAT REPORTED CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PAST SUCCESSFUL CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT FUTURE RESULTS.

Attorney Ramsey Alnaif has represented hundreds of clients and has amassed extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure. As lead attorney at trial, Ramsey’s “Dismissed” and “Not Guilty” record (excluding deferred dispositions) includes: possession of marijuana, trespassing, resisting arrest, assault and battery, assault and battery against a family member, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, failure to appear, contempt of court, intentional destruction of property, failure to register as a sex offender, illegal gambling, credit...
Jason Eugene Swango
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
485 S. Independence Blvd.
Ste 104-A
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23452
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
Attorney Jason Swango is a leader in the law arena, representing MEN ONLY in divorce in family law matters through The Firm For Men. As a former military servicemember, Attorney Swango understands the intricacies of military family law, earning a reputation in Hampton Roads as one of the best attorneys for active duty and former military. In addition, Swango Law P.C. offers many practice areas, from DUI, traffic violations, and criminal cases to personal injury and workers' compensation.
Taite Westendorf
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(757) 961-3311 1 Columbus Center
Suite 600
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Richmond School of Law
Taite has devoted his entire legal career to the practice of criminal defense. Prior to co-founding Westendorf & Khalaf, Taite worked as a supervising attorney in the largest Public Defender's office in the state (Virginia Beach). His career has been defined by taking on a variety of tough high stakes cases. In a state where a fraction of felony cases go to trial (and less than 1% go to jury trial), Taite has taken over one hundred felony cases to trial and has won not guilty verdicts following jury trials for murder, rape, robbery, abduction, use of a...
Jerrell R Johnson
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Virginia Beach, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(757) 447-0080 1 Columbus Center
Suite 635
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Criminal
Regent University School of Law
Jerrell R. Johnson is a Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney who formerly served as a police officer for more than 15 years. He brings invaluable insight into how law enforcement and prosecutors build a case against his clients, and he can proactively prepare the strongest possible defense. Included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, he is well-respected in the community for his skilled service and proven results in criminal and juvenile defense. Known for compassionate guidance, he was also voted the winner of the 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in Criminal Defense. Call today to learn more!
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.