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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Virginia

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Virginia. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Virginia, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Virginia. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
David Benowitz
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Washington, DC
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Jeffrey Daniel Zimmerman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Alexandria, VA
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Michelle Derrico
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Roanoke, VA
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Rex Flynn
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Arlington, VA
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Cassi Baumgardner
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Manassas, VA
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Michael Robinson
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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Jamilah D. LeCruise
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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Mark Wayne Claytor
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salem, VA
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Greg D. McCormack
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Virginia Beach, VA
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Rocco Columbus
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Virginia Beach, VA
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Jon Katz
Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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James D. Garrett
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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Virginia Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) - The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) in Richmond, VA, was established in 1992 as the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In 2002, it changed its name to the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The VACDL has become a growing platform for criminal defense lawyers serving the accused in the state of Virginia. It is affiliated with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Virginia Government and Court Resources

Attorney General of Virginia

Attorney General of Virginia - The Attorney General of Virginia, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. Responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, the Attorney General represents Virginia in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees law enforcement. The office plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a wide range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Supreme Court of Virginia - The Supreme Court of Virginia serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a broad spectrum of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Supreme Court of Virginia oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers throughout Virginia.

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia General Assembly - The Virginia General Assembly operates under a bicameral system, comprising the Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate has 40 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 100 members serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and transportation. Members of the Virginia General Assembly work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Virginia's government.

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission - The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) was established to ensure that individuals who cannot afford private attorneys receive proper legal representation. Founded to uphold constitutional rights, VIDC offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The commission collaborates with qualified attorneys, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures the protection of the right to counsel.

Virginia's Judicial System

Virginia's Judicial System - Virginia's Judicial System is entrusted with the fundamental duty of administering justice in the state. Its responsibilities include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The system operates through various levels of courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts, each serving specific functions in the legal process.

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