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Hampton Roads, VA

Experienced, Knowledgeable, and Aggressive Lawyers Serving Clients Across the Seven Cities

Facing the prosecutorial power of the government can be overwhelming, regardless of whether it’s your first arrest or you’ve been through the system before. After an arrest, everything you’ve worked for is on the line, your reputation, your job, your family and, quite possibly, your freedom. At Robinson Law, PLLC, we are a Hampton Roads criminal defense law firm that understands the burden a criminal case hanging over your head brings. We do everything we can to resolve your case as quickly as possible while always maintaining a laser focus on getting you the best possible result.

Where Are Hampton Roads Criminal Cases Heard?

Virginia has a three-tier judicial system. However, all cases begin in a trial court. There are two types of trial courts in Virginia, district courts and circuit courts. Generally, district courts handle less serious misdemeanor cases while circuit courts handle cases including felony crimes.

Each of the Seven Cities has its own district court and circuit court. So, if you’ve been arrested for a crime in Hampton Roads, your case will be heard at either the district court or circuit court in the city where you were arrested. At Robinson Law, we represent clients charged with crimes in all of the Seven Cities, including:

Types of Cases We Handle

As dedicated criminal defense attorneys, we handle all types of cases. We recognize that all crimes are serious and give every client the full attention they deserve, regardless of what they are charged with or what their record looks like.

The following are among the cases we most often handle:


An arrest for a Hampton Roads DUI or DWI can have a dramatic impact on your life. If convicted, you could face a jail sentence of up to a year. You will also lose your license for at least a year. While some first-time offenders can escape the harshest penalties, if your blood-alcohol level was over .15, the judge must sentence you to at least five days in jail. And the penalty for a DUI or DWI gets more severe with each prior offense. However, there are ways to beat a DUI, and a skilled defense lawyer can work with you to determine the best defense in your case.

Violent Crimes

Virginia is a “tough on crime” state, and nowhere is that more evident than in how state law handles violent crimes. Violent crimes include assault and battery, domestic violence offenses, robbery, arson, and malicious wounding. For many crimes of violence, the judge operates under the default that should you not be granted bail, meaning you will sit in jail until your trial date. If you are charged with a violent crime in Hampton Roads, you need an attorney who will have your back every step of the way, starting with getting your bail reduced so you can fight your case from the street.

Drug Crimes

While Virginia has legalized recreational marijuana, all other drugs are still illegal. Not only that, but drug crimes are punished incredibly harshly, with even first-time offenders receiving mandatory minimum sentences in some cases. If you are charged with a Hampton Roads drug crime, don’t wait to reach out to a lawyer to discuss your case. Police officers too often exceed their authority when investigating drug crimes, and your lawyer may be able to keep out the evidence the prosecution intends to use against you.

Sex Offenses

Few crimes are taken more seriously than rape, sexual battery, and other sex offenses. From the moment you are arrested for a Hampton Roads sex crime, it’s an uphill battle. Although the law requires you are innocent until proven guilty, everyone immediately begins to view you differently, based on mere accusations. If you are facing any type of sex offense, you need to do everything possible to get out from under the case. Otherwise, you face what could be a decades-long jail sentence and a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. At Robinson Law, we know how to defend against these ugly accusations to clear your name and help you keep your freedom.

Contact the Hampton Roads Criminal Defense Attorneys at Robinson Law

If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Hampton Roads, Robinson Law has your back. We have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in all types of cases. Our lawyers handle every case as though it was our own, whether we are arguing to keep evidence out of trial, negotiating with the government, or litigating your case in front of a jury. With Robinson Law on your defense team, you can rest assured that your case, and your future, are in good hands. To discuss your case with one of our respected Hampton Roads criminal defense attorneys, give us a call to schedule a free consultation at (703) 542-4008. We handle cases throughout Hampton Roads, including in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Client Reviews
Very excellent firm, I would definitely recommend their services to ANYONE looking to hire great representation in the Northern Virginia area. My son was charged with felony robbery and mob assault, which is now simple assault. This was my first time hiring an attorney and I have No regrets. If you are looking for excellent representation here you are. Tynesha B.
Informative, responsive and helpful in handling a traffic case and getting fines reduced. The rates for retaining representation were very reasonable too. I highly recommend using their services! Leslie F.
Not only did Mr lee reduce my charges, he also went beyond and filed a motion to the judge and obtained permission for me to travel. He was available whenever I had questions leading up to my case and always had a game plan. I am very satisfied with what he did for me. Marjan B.
Quick response not only to my initial questions, but also in the follow up to my case. Ms. Ralls and her team were excellent to work with. Thank you! Susan
Very excellent firm, I would recommend anyone in the Northern Virginia area to obtain their services. Ben really helped me in hard times through my case and represented me the whole time time. He was very easy to get in touch with and diligent in his work. Now I finally have my life back and can move on to a better future. Thanks again for everything true life savers. Herbo T.