Criminal Defense

Were you charged with a crime here in Northern Virginia? Learn how Abrenio Law can help. 

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, contact James Abrenio for a FREE consultation. James has defended criminal cases for over a decade, and while his experience is diverse (ranging from simple traffic tickets 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.


Take some time to review these articles, as well as other blogs and posts, by Abrenio Law.  We truly believe educating individuals about the charges against them puts them in the best position to make knowledgeable and informed decisions in such trying times. Learning as much as you can will help you get answers to questions that need to be asked.

When ready, give Abrenio Law a call at 703.570.4180 for your FREE consultation.  


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:

  • 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 govern 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 his or her 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 face these issues head-on while striving to make a tangible, positive impact on our local community.  


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!