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Afshin Farashahi

Afshin Farashahi

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals, Guardianship

About Me

I know that you have a lot of options in choosing a criminal defense attorney. I was a prosecutor for eight years and now have been practicing criminal defense for twelve years. That is twenty years of solid criminal law experience that has covered every type of case from capital murder to misdemeanors and traffic cases. My jury trial experience, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, has given me the background to provide you with the best defense possible.

I spend a lot of time on my cases. I have learned over the years that, no matter how many times I may have handled a particular type of case, each case requires time to evaluate, assess, and prepare for trial. That is the essence of effective representation. I return calls promptly, no matter how busy I am. So, please do not be surprised if I return your call at night or on a weekend. I think it is so important for attorneys to keep their clients informed and return all calls within 24 hours. That is my commitment to you.

I enjoy the practice of criminal law. In addition to my trial experience, I have lectured and published articles on various criminal law topics. I keep up with the law and provide commentary on the latest legal issues. Primarily focusing on criminal law is the only way that a defense attorney can effectively represent clients in today’s complex legal environment.

You need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. I hope I can be that attorney in your case. Please feel free to call me at the office at 757-687-8169 or on my cell phone at 757-589-1908 to discuss your case.

Afshin Farashahi


Languages Spoken: Farsi

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    22 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    22 years
  3. Guardianship: 10%
    12 years



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Timothy John Quick

    I endorse this lawyer. Afshin worked together at the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office many years ago and have been co-defendant counsel on many cases over the years. Afshin is one of the few "go-to" criminal defense attorneys I would recommend.


    Timothy Quick Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Afshin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Afshin Farashahi, P.C.

1 Columbus Ctr Ste 604
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462-7836



VAAuthorized to practice law199203/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal Elite in Criminal LawVirginia Business Magazine2014
Legal Elite in Criminal LawVirginia Business Magazine2013
A.V. RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Deputy Commonwealth's AttorneyOffice of the Commonwealth's Attorney1998 - 2001
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyVirginia Beach Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney1993 - 1998


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Council of the Virginia State BarMember2015 - Present
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of the Virginia State BarMember2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Litigation SectionMember2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline of the Virginia State BarMember, Vice Chair2003 - 2009
Second District Disciplinary Committee ofMember, Chair2000 - 2006
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth v. S. WynnNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)
Commonwealth v. Juvenile Being Tried as AdultNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)
Commonwealth v. JuvenileNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)The Repeal of the Cohabitation Statute and Child Custody Cases2014
Virginia LawyerAvoiding Perjury (Or at Least Pretending to): Ethical Considerations2012
Virginia Bar Association News JournalThe U.S. Supreme Court and the Fourth Amendment2010
Virginia LawyerThe Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Civil Cases2009
Virginia LawyerAnother Broadside on Miranda: The 2003-2004 U.S. Supreme Court Term and the Fifth2004
The Prosecutor and Criminal Justice JournalDouble Jeopardy in Successive Prosecutions1992


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
James Madison UniversityPolitical Science/Economics/HistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Representing Juveniles in Criminal CasesJuvenile Criminal Law2014
Identifying, Investigating and Prosecuting Hate CrimesProsecution of Cross Burning Case That Ended Up Before the U.S. Supreme Court2011
The Essentials of Search and Seizure and ConfessionsFourth and Fifth Amendments2006
Practice in the Circuit CourtsVirginia Circuit Courts2005
Trial Advocacy I for ProsecutorsTrial Advocacy2000