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Virginia Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our attorneys and staff have been protecting people for nearly 30 years. When charged with a criminal offense, you need attorneys who know how to protect your future. Above all, the attorneys at Dischley Law excel at providing innovative defense strategies to protect your interests.

Unparalleled Experience

Dischley Law is a Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Firm whose lawyers possess nearly 30 years experience in the field. The attorneys at Dischley Law have served as prosecutors, liaisons to law enforcement, in the intelligence community and the U.S. Military.

Keen Insight

Armed with this experience, our attorneys know exactly how to evaluate the Commonwealth’s case. With their collective knowledge, they will review every element of the Commonwealth evidence. Finally, they will work to find the best strategies to accomplish your goals.

“We have devoted our lives to protecting people”

David J. Dischley, Founder

Dischley Law has offices in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Manassas (Prince William). We also have meeting locations in Warrenton and Arlington.

David J. Dischley is a preeminent criminal defense attorney in Northern Virginia

Attorney Dischley uses his skill and experience obtained as a U.S. Marine, Uniformed Officer for the Department of State, Intelligence Officer, and his years as a prosecutor, to help people charged with criminal offenses get the results they need. Having practiced criminal defense for the past 10 years, Attorney Dischley’s experience is unparalleled.

He’s been profiled in the NY Times, is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, and is listed in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Attorney Sherlock has years of experience protecting people, victims, and those charged with criminal offenses achieve unprecedented results. Attorney Sherlock is a former personal injury attorney turned criminal prosecutor. With his inside knowledge of criminal prosecution, Attorney Sherlock knows how to produce the right result at the right time.

Attorney Sherlock has been recognized by the the National Trial Lawyers as Top 40 under 40 and has a 10.0 Avvo Rating.

Attorney O’Brien brings nearly 10 years of prosecution experience to the criminal defense arena. An avid trial attorney with a keen eye at spotting novel legal issues, Attorney O’Brien mixes compassion for his clients with unprecedented legal knowledge and trial skills.

Attorney O’Brien has the inside knowledge necessary to create innovative defenses. Throughout his career as a prosecutor, Attorney O’Brien lectured fellow prosecutors and law enforcement professionals on numerous topics including the Search and Seizure and Trial Presentation Techniques.

Dischley Law serves all of Northern Virginia. Please click here for a list of counties and cities in Northern Virginia where we provide our services.

Virginia’s criminal laws are some of the toughest in the Country.

People charged with even the most minor criminal offenses in Virginia often face severe penalties. Therefore, the need for an experienced Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney is necessary and will make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Aggressive and Innovative Defense Strategies!

The attorneys at Dischley Law knows that being charged with a criminal offense in Northern Virginia can be scary. Most of all, once the arrest is made, we know the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety you are experiencing. Our attorneys understand that your future, your family, and your livelihood are all at risk. Dischley Law will be there with you every step of the way to protect what is most important to you! As a result, Dischley Law will develop innovative and battle tested strategies to accomplish your goals and win your case.

What clients say

  • "Excellent Lawyer! Above and Beyond Expectations"

    I found Mr. Sherlock after contacting Dishley law for a DUI second offense in 5 years, in Prince William County. I had used this firm in the past and knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. After filling out an online consultation request, I was contacted within 20 minutes by Mr. Sherlock. I explained my incident and .05 breath test nervously. He was reassuring, knowlegable and thorough in explaining the process and possible outcome. After going up a against a few tough prosecutors, Mr. Sherlock was confident in taking my case to trial and made me feel confident too. I was blown away with how smoothly everything went and with the outcome of ‘Not Guilty’. Throughout this process I was majorly impressed with the quick responses and return calls any time I had questions. He and his assistant Nicole made an extremely stressful situation so much easier for me. I HIGHLY recommend hiring Mr. Sherlock! I promise he will exceed your expectations like he did mine!


    - Posted by Heidi on April 7, 2019 - Prince William County

  • "Very pleased with outcome of DUI and Refusal Charge"

    Favorable outcome quickly for a serious traffic matter that involved 2 overlapping charges. I found Dischley Law as their website kept popping up with my various Google searches. After talking to 4 other law firms, I chose Dischley because 1) they gave me more info than the other 4 firms combined; 2) they knew I was in a time crunch and agreed to an initial meeting on a weekend; 3) their understanding of and relationships with the county I was charged in were unmatched. I could not be happier with the outcome’.


    - Posted by Stephen on March 17, 2019 - Fairfax County

  • "Thank you!"

    I had a reckless driving and Mr. Hall managed to bring it down to Improper driving with only 3 points. Thank you so much!


    - Posted by Louis on June 9, 2019 on AVVO - Arlington County

  • "Thank you Mr. Hall"

    Thank you Stephen for first listening to my case and discussing my options and approach. I felt well represented and confident that you would work hard to get me a favorable result from the start. Thanks for advising me as to what i needed to do to help my case in court.


    - Posted by Edgar on May 26, 2019 on AVVO - Arlington County

  • "Literally saved my life"

    David worked his magic to get me through my felony charge. His quick to action got my case dismissed. I’ve also have used his services for a reckless driving case a couple of years ago with great out coming as well. I will continue using David to represent me!


    - Posted by Peter on April 28, 2019 on AVVO - Fairfax County

  • Possession Charge

    So happy I hired David. Not only did he put in effort and cared about my situation. He called me back directly on a Sunday. He even got me a better deal then what we expected going to court. He was also upset he couldn’t get me a better deal. If I ever get in trouble again I will definitely call David. Thank you so much for the outcome. Thank you, thank you!


    - Posted by Christopher on May 15, 2019 - Prince William

  • Awesome!

    David is both compassionate and knowledgeable. He helped our family through some trying times and was always professional and compassionate. Not only is he a great attorney, he's an honest and kind person. Thank you David!


    - Posted by Cynthia on April 14, 2019 on Avvo - Prince William and Fairfax

Practice Areas

Charged with a crime in Virginia and looking for a Virginia criminal lawyer? Please read more about our practice areas.

Alexandria Office
108 N. Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Manassas Office
9255 Center Street, Suite 300B Manassas, Virginia 20110
Fairfax Office
10509 Judicial Drive, Suite 102A Fairfax, VA 22030