If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, Partner James Abrenio has been defending cases for over a decade.  While James’s criminal defense experience is diverse (defending simple traffic tickets all the way up to murder charges), a large percentage of his cases are Domestic Assault (Domestic Violence) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges.  If you're facing such a charge, click on the links below for useful articles.  He has also authored highly reviewed articles about other charges he defends to help you understand more about Virginia Criminal Law.


Do you believe that Virginia’s Criminal Justice System needs to change? Well so does James, and he’s not just waiting for it to happen.

As Northern Virginia Criminal Defense counsel, James believes that his job goes beyond defending the individual client. He believes that it is his duty to advocate against the inequities that face Virginia's Criminal Justice System as a whole.  Therefore, he spends much of his free time as an advocate, pushing for change in many of our archaic laws.  In particular, he takes issues with many laws that affect countless Virginia citizens daily:

Given this, James devotes much of his time serving as pro bono counsel in particularly compelling cases.  He also serves on the Boards of local community organizations whose goals are to make a tangible, positive impact on our local community.  

James has created “self-help” seminars, routinely discusses local Criminal Justice issues on BenGlassLaw’s LiveLifeBig Podcast, and plans on further outreach efforts in Northern Virginia. 

Interested in Criminal Justice Reform? 

If you're a resident of Northern Virginia, and you want to get involved, given James a call.  There's a lot of work to be done, and we can use all the help we can get! 

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Focusing on criminal, traffic defense and personal injury cases