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.  

Helpful Resources for your situation.

Your case may call for you to take additional steps to demonstrate that you are taking these matters seriously. Given that, we have created our Community Resources Page for you. Take sometime to review, and we will discuss what should do to prepare.

Do you believe that Virginia’s Criminal Justice System needs to change? So do we.

At Abrenio Law, we believe that our job goes beyond defending the individual client. That it’s our duty advocate against the inequities that face Virginia’s Criminal Justice System as a whole.  Therefore, James spends much of his free time 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 face these issues head-on while striving to make a tangible, positive impact on our local community.  

Do you have a case that you think warrants Pro Bono help?

To be clear, Abrenio Law has limited resources. And James gets many call requesting Pro Bono services. Therefore, we are only able to accept a handful of cases on a Pro Bono basis and are unable to help in vast majority of inquiries we receive.

If you have a case that you believe presents particularly compelling circumstances, and there is a substantial financial need, feel free to reach out. This would include a case involving a unique political impact, such as marching on behalf of #BlackLivesMatter.

To increase your likelihood that James can help, we recommend you be referred through local counsel. And send an email to James directly at Your subject like should read “Seeking PRO BONO Assistance from Abrenio Law.

If we are unable to help, we want to apologize in advance. We are a small firm trying to help as many people as possible.

Are you hoping James will speak at an event for you?

Oftentimes, James will speak to organizations, classes, and other groups about various areas of law including the need for Criminal Justice Reform, “Know your Rights,” seminars, and other informational sessions. If you’d like James to speak to your group, send us an email at

Given our limited resources, James cannot accept every request. But he’ll do his best.

If you want to learn more about James Abrenio, click here.