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.
- Our prosecutors focus too much time on pursuing “minor crimes” such as possession of marijuana, which wastes resources that could be used elsewhere.
- Our discovery rules (the rules that government what information an accused person is allowed to have before trial) are archaic.
- Our expungement laws unfairly shackle those convicted of crimes for the rest of their lives, thereby hurting us all because they limit one’s ability to reach their full potential after making a mistake.
- Our jails are de facto mental health hospitals unfairly punishing those suffering from mental illness rather than helping them gain the treatment they need.
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!