Chesterfield County, Virginia Criminal Lawyers

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Matt C. Pinsker
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Experienced criminal defense lawyer will fight for you. Free consultation!

I’m an experienced Virginia criminal defense lawyer and represent those who have been charged with a crime. I will fight for your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system at every stage of your case. Read More »
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Matthew S. Throop
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Virginia Criminal Law Lawyer

We are dedicated to meeting your legal needs, through personalized service and attention. Read More »
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Marc Boyko
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Virginia Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience

I provide diligent, passionate and personalized representation to clients throughout Central Virginia, including Henrico, Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and the surrounding localities. Read More »
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Wilfred Yeargan
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Aggressive Defense of Your Legal Rights.

Experienced criminal defense for 18 Years; 5 star reviews. Read More »
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Daniel P Leavitt
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(804) 873-4004 116 B Walton Park Lane
Midlothian, VA 23114
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Liberty University
I have successfully defended thousands of clients charged with offenses ranging from reckless driving by speed, DUI, speeding tickets, fatal accidents, all the way to malicious wounding, assault and battery and attempted murder, and robbery. I have over 8 years of experience, including jury experience.

- Member Virginia State Bar
- 100 percent positive rating from past clients
- Past President, Hopewell Bar Association for 2 years
- Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- BBB accredited, A+ rating

At Leavitt & Martin we emphasize personal attention to each case, and our case results follow.
John K. Karanian
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(804) 796-1000 Centre Court - Suite A
9401 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Criminal, Divorce and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
I joined Barnes & Diehl, PC in 2004 where I have focused on family law matters. I have worked as a forensic and clinical psychologist for the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina, and Central State Hospital’s Maximum Security Forensic Unit. I use my psychology training daily for the benefit of my clients. Understanding what influences and motivates people is important in both negotiating and litigating to get the best outcome for my clients. I handle a variety of cases including child custody, child and spousal support, complex equitable...
W. Edward Riley IV
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Richmond School of Law
W. Edward Riley, IV is a trial lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Virginia, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Riley has dedicated his entire career to successfully practicing criminal and traffic defense.

Mr. Riley has tried over 250 jury trials in federal and state courts across the Commonwealth, holds the highest national legal rating with Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized by his peers as one of the Legal Elite as published by Virginia Business Magazine, and has...
Mark Steven Paullin
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(804) 423-7423 575 Southlake Blvd. Suite A
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
Attorney Mark Paullin has more than 29 years of legal experience, which includes insurance defense work. His experience with both sides of the process allows him to prepare his clients for what may come their way as well as has enabled him to insightfully and aggressively represent his clients with their Personal Injury case, Diminished Value or Diminution case. Mark handles Speeding cases, DUI/DWI cases, and Reckless Driving cases as well as other other Traffic Court matters around the Richmond Metro area. Experience Counts. When you hire the Paullin Law Firm, your case won't be handed off to benchwarmers or...
Christopher Mark Winslow
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(804) 423-1382 1324 Sycamore Square
Midlothian, VA 23113
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Collections and DUI
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Chris Winslow has spent his life working in public service. Born in Prince William and raised in Gloucester County, he attended the University of Mary Washington and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Following commencement in 2001, Orange County Prosecutor Rob Bell asked Chris to be his Campaign Manager for the 58th House District seat vacated by Delegate Paul Harris and once held by Thomas Jefferson. Chris led the campaign to a landslide victory in the November election and served as Legislative Assistant to Delegate Bell (Albemarle-58) during the 2002 and 2003 General Assembly sessions. During that time, Chris evaluated...
Erin Ranney
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(804) 212-5252 9842 Lori Road
Suite 101
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
As a former public defender and former prosecutor, I have focused on criminal law for the majority of my career. My background also brings a unique perspective to the table. I also have a good rapport with teenagers and young people after working as a juvenile prosecutor for more than two years.
Mr. Rick Allen Friedman
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(804) 717-1969 9401 Courthouse Road
Centre Court - Suite A
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Whittier Law School and University of Richmond
Friedman Law Firm, P.C., specializes in divorce and family law issues. We represent clients across Virginia in the following: Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Distribution of Assets and Debts, Spousal Support, Criminal Defense, and Will and Trusts. Call (804) 717-1969 to speak with an attorney today.
Justin L Criner
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(804) 320-6600 2800 Buford Road
Suite 201
Richmond, VA 23235
Criminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Appalachian School of Law
Justin Criner received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University where he met his wife and fell in love with Richmond and the surrounding areas. Mr. Criner received his juris doctor from the Appalachian School of Law in 2013 where he was a senior editor of the law journal and the president of the local Lions’ Club. He remains active in the community and can regularly be found at Lions’ Club or VCU athletic events. Before joining our firm, Mr. Criner worked as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in Charleston, WV and opened his own practice...
Wyatt J Taylor
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 717-1969 9401 Courthouse Road
Suite A
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Criminal, Divorce and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
Stephen R. Bloomquest
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 396-3329 5913 Harbour Park Drive
Midlothian, VA 23112
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
Stephen has been licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2010. In 2011, after completing his law degree and passing the bar, Stephen founded Quest Law PLLC, a solo practice, in Richmond, Virginia. Since then, he has been practicing as a litigator in Chesterfield, Henrico, and Richmond City courts. He represents clients who have been charged with a variety of criminal offenses and also handles family legal matters that require litigation. Contact Quest Law PLLC in Midlothian to schedule a meeting with Stephen.
Atchuthan Sriskandarajah
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
10825 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 201-2
Richmond, VA 23235
Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Mr. Sris started the firm in 1997 and the firm has client meeting locations in Virginia & Maryland. SRIS Law Group, P.C. has nine client meeting locations in two states. Mr. Sris was a former prosecutor for the Town of Haymarket, Virginia. As a result of his experience as a prosecutor in addition to being a trial lawyer, he has a thorough understanding of criminal/traffic law and domestic relations. Attorneys who have been in practice for a greater period of time than Mr. Sris turn to him for advice on how to handle complex criminal and family law...
Stephen Vaughan Sommers
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(804) 608-0866 5925 Harbour Park Dr
Midlothian, VA 23112
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
STEPHEN V. SOMMERS (licensed in Virginia 1999, Texas (1997), Maryland (1996)), was born at Camp Pendleton, CA, October 4, 1956 and educated at Troy State University (B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1981), Golden Gate University (M.A., 1986) and American University (Juris Doctor, 1995). Mr. Sommers retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Major after 22 years flying fighter aircraft. Mr. Sommers has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Fourth Circuit and the Tenth Circuit and all Virginia Courts. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the...
William Joseph Rogers
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 467-5080 9854 Lori Road, Suite 204
P.O. Box 96
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Criminal
Mr. Stephen Aaron Mutnick
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Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 423-1383 1324 Sycamore Sq.
Suite 202C
Midlothian, VA 23113
Criminal
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(804) 423-1382 1324 Sycamore Square 202C
Midlothian, VA 23113
Criminal
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 379-1900 1919 Huguenot Rd
Richmond, VA 23235
Criminal and Personal Injury
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 608-5228 13801 Village Mill Drive Suite 205
Midlothian, VA 23114
Criminal
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 379-1900 1919 Huguenot Rd
Richmond, VA 23235
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 423-1382 1324 Sycamore Square 202C
Midlothian, VA 23113
Criminal
Chesterfield County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 423-1382 1324 Sycamore Square 202C
Midlothian, VA 23113
Criminal
Richard Davis Mattox III
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(804) 451-6033 8545 Patterson Avenue
Suite 206
Richmond, VA 23229
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Appalachian School of Law
Richard “Trey” Mattox III was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, attending high school at Benedictine before graduating from Monacan. After high school he graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2008 where he double majored in History and Political Science and minored in Real Estate. In 2011, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Appalachian School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Trey is a third generation attorney proudly following in the footsteps of his Richard Mattox predecessors. Trey is a dedicated trial attorney who defends clients charged with major traffic crimes and infractions. Mr. Mattox...
Richard McPhail Bing
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Richmond City County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 272-7900 7400 Beaufont Springs Dr
Richmond, VA 23225
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
David A.C. Long
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 285-3888 5600 Grove Ave.
Richmond, VA 23226
Criminal
Jessica Wildeus
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(804) 477-1720 1801 Bayberry Court
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
Originally from Norfolk, I moved to Richmond in 2014 to attend the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, I spent my summers working in legal aid and public defender offices around the region and graduated with a Pro Bono Certification.

I currently work at Tingen & Williams as a criminal and family law attorney, where I help people with cases ranging from traffic offenses to divorce and child custody.
Abraham Del Rio III
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(804) 299-8612 10132 W. Broad St.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Immigration
Regent University School of Law
As a TOP 40 UNDER 40 lawyer by National Trial Lawyers, Abraham has represented clients in a wide variety of criminal matters from DUI/DWIs, drugs, white collar, and computer crimes throughout Virginia and the federal U.S. District Court for the Eastern District.

As former Virginia magistrate, Abraham Del Rio III has protected 4th Amendment rights while conducting hundreds of hearings involving arrest warrants, search warrants, and bail determinations and uses this experience to get the best results for his clients.

Abraham is a certified criminal defense attorney by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission for both felonies and misdemeanors.
Seth P. Saunders
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(804) 387-5566 10132 West Broad Street
Suite D
Richmond, VA 23060
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
New England Law | Boston
I was born and raised in Essex County on Virginia's Middle Peninsula. I graduated from the College of William & Mary before attending the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Following law school, I attended George Washington University where I earned my MBA while working as a graduate assistant for the Washington Redskins. I take pride in helping my clients through difficult situations. I vigorously advocate my client's position and use every tool available to help them prevail. I will take time to understand your unique situation and specific needs, research the facts...
Matt C. Pinsker
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(804) 690-1228 2400 Old Brick Road
Henrico, VA 23060
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
The George Washington University Law School and West Virginia University College of Law
Matt C. Pinsker is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Virginia. A former state and federal prosecutor in addition to a former magistrate, he has won numerous awards as a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Pinsker is nationally recognized as a leading expert in criminal justice and procedure, having taught as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and writing the definitive textbook for teaching criminal justice all over the country. He also serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserves, doing Trial Defense Services for the JAG Corps.
Richard A Quitiquit Esquire
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(804) 728-2274 2800 N. Parham Road, Ste. 201
Richmond, VA 23294
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Charleston School of Law
Tony concentrates his legal practice to criminal law, including traffic violations and reckless driving. Tony lives just outside of Richmond in Hanover, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden Sydney and the Charleston School of Law. He has been admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tony started his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Halifax, Virginia. After a year prosecuting in Halifax, he moved to the Richmond area and worked again as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Hanover. While serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s attorney, Tony worked on all types of criminal traffic matters ,...
Jennifer Quezada Castillo
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(804) 477-1720 1801 Bayberry Ct.
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Originally from the Dominican Republic, I moved to the United States with the goal of becoming an attorney. As an immigrant myself, I have first-hand knowledge of the intricacies of U.S. immigration law.

After moving to the United States, I attended Valencia Community College, and subsequently attended the University of Central Florida to obtain my bachelor's degree in legal studies. After graduation, I relocated to Virginia where I attended law school at William and Mary. While in law school, I worked for various public defender offices, which helped confirm my passion for criminal defense and its intersection with immigration law.

I currently...
Allison Luck Bridges
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Attorney
(804) 358-8000 6802 Paragon Pl
Suite 602
Richmond, VA 23230
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
Representing individuals and families throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area, including Caroline, Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield Counties and the City of Richmond. My practice areas focus on adoption, family law, divorce, support, child custody and visitation, criminal and traffic law.
Joseph Dean II
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(804) 673-7111 2201 Libbie Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
Joseph Dean is a Virginia lawyer who concentrates his law practice primarily in the areas of criminal law, DUI, and traffic defense.  Mr. Dean joined Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law in 2013 primarily focusing on drafting legal memorandums, motions & pleadings, and researching and analyzing legal issues for the law firm’s felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in both state and federal courts. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Dean participated extensively in trial advocacy and was recognized for his proficient skill as an advocate. He also learned early on as an Eagle Scout the importance of always being prepared. Mr. Dean brings...
Steven Anthony Birocco
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Richmond City County, VA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(804) 212-2319 1108 East Main Street
Suite 701
Richmond, VA 23219
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
George Mason University School of Law
Mitchell Wells
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 673-7111 1518 Willow Lawn Drive
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23230
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
College of William and Mary
Mitchell M. Wells is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Virginia, concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal law, DUI and reckless driving traffic violations, and has defended thousands of cases. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud section of the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Wells was responsible for supervising various fraud investigations and litigating Virginia false claim actions in federal court pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers...
Charles W. Hazelwood III
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
(804) 601-8259 3781 Westerre Parkway
Suite F, #102
Richmond, VA 23233
Criminal, Estate Planning, Real Estate and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
I am licensed to practice law in the commonwealth of Virginia. I am a native Virginian and I attended high school at Lake Braddock. I graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina where I earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in criminal justice. I then graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, I interned with the IRS and prosecuted cases at the New Kent County Commonwealth’s Attorney office. Since graduating and becoming licensed, I have focused on estate planning and criminal/traffic defense. My passion for defending and helping his clients has allowed him to...
Ericka M Battle
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(804) 285-7000 5206 Markel Road
200
Richmond, VA 23230
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Florida Coastal School of Law
I am a licensed attorney practicing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have experience in the fields of Litigation, Contract Disputes, Corporate Governance, and Government Relations. I am also experienced in Criminal and Civil Litigation and am a goal oriented, hard-working individual. I became an attorney to assist people during the most challenging times of their lives, whether that be criminal charges, eviction from their home, or outstanding debts. Too often, I came across individuals who were unaware of their legal rights and remedies. I believe the best feeling in the world is when I can...
Robert Reibach
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Henrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer
1 1/2 Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23230
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Southern Methodist University and St. Mary's University School of Law
Bob Reibach is a quick thinking trial attorney who focuses on defending persons charged with traffic crimes and offenses. He is persistent, relentless, and incessant in achieving the best possible result for his clients. Mr. Reibach teaches traffic and drunk driving law to Virginia lawyers in the fulfillment of their mandatory continuing legal education requirements. He is a long time faculty member of the Virginia Law Foundation's Drunk Driving and Serious Traffic Offenses continuing legal education program. Mr. Reibach has decades of trial experience. He has provided extremely effective representation to thousands of clients. He is well respected by the...
Todd Stone
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Richmond City County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(804) 554-0000 101 Shockoe Slip; Suite K
Richmond, VA 23219
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Richmond School of Law
Maciej B. Zebrak
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Hanover County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(804) 723-8238 9291 Laurel Grove Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Traffic Tickets
State University of New York - Buffalo
The Law Office of Maciej B. Zebrak provides quality legal services within the Greater Richmond area. Family Law matters are the primary focus of my law firm with an emphasis on Divorce and Child Custody and Visitation. I can also represent you in matters involving Wills and Criminal Defense, including Traffic, Misdemeanor and DUI cases.
Vaughan Jones
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Richmond City County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(804) 788-8880 1622 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
University of Richmond and American University Washington College of Law
Paula Hough
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(804) 864-9424 4110 East Parham Rd
#201
Richmond, VA 23228
Free ConsultationHenrico County, VA Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and University of Florida
Mrs. Hough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Mrs. Hough worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mrs. Hough was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction. During law school, Mrs. Hough also worked full-time as...
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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.

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