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Foundations of Virginia Domestic Violence Charges: What You Need to Know to Defend These Cases in Virginia Courts

(290 reviews)

Streams live on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:00am EDT

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$ 59 Criminal Law, Litigation, and Public Interest Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

This course, presented by criminal law attorney James Abrenio, walks criminal attorneys through some of the key aspects of defending domestic violence cases from the client intake call through jury sentencing. It will address key procedural, substantive, strategic, and ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify best practices for the intake process when meeting your potential client
  2. Discuss ethical considerations when defending clients
  3. Obtain a general foundation from which you can build the best representation for those charged with Virginia domestic violence cases

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James Abrenio


James Abrenio has been trying cases in Northern Virginia Courts for nearly a decade. His practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and personal injury law. He also aids Ben Glass in medical malpractice claims. James is actively involved in the Northern Virginia legal community, spends much of his free time assisting with pro bono and community service matters, and is well respected among his peers.

Professional Honors:

  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016)
  • Avvo Superb Rating (10/10) (2013 to present)
  • National Trial Lawyer’s Top 40 Under 40 (2013, 2014)

Leadership & Association Positions:

  • National Alliance on Mental Health of Northern Virginia Director
  • Fairfax General District Court Committee Member
  • Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Committee Member
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific Bar Association

Past Employment:

  • Assistant Public Defender, Leesburg Public Defender’s Office 
  • Associate Attorney, Greenspun, Shapiro, Davis & Leary, PC


  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law 
  • BA, University of Virginia 


Danielle T.

Excellent instructor, practical tips

David R.

Presenter was well-versed in relevant law and provided good advice. Wish the attorneys I practice against were as diligent and ethical.

Benjamin K.

Outstanding instructor, very fair and thorough explanation of domestic violence criminal defense.

Deborah Lynn W.

This guy was great -

Antoine M.

Good tips for Virginia criminal practice

Anne W.

loved his practical approach

Carter B.

This was probably the most helpful CLE I have taken so far.

Julie B.

Would like more from this instructor. Content was presented in a logical, ordered manner and materials were helpful and concise.

Lawrence J.

Raised good points

Martha S.


Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation.

Senna A.

I do not practice in this area but recently had a friend involved in a domestic violence case so this was a fascinating class. I would love for this presenter to either do a longer version of this course, or another course to cover additional related material.

Thomas G.

On e of the better webinars that I have seen recently. Great speaker

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