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Bernard F Crane

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   31 reviews

also known as LAW OFFICES OF BERNARD F. CRANE

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 39 years
    Virginia - VA 39 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bernard

Learn Bernard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    Virtually all types of criminal cases, including assault, drug charges, theft, larceny, weapons offenses, robbery, larceny, underage drinking, fraudulent ID, sex offenses, conspiracy, stalking, mental health-related issues, ADW, deceptive labeling

    39 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Completed in-depth advanced training on traffic alcohol procedures approved by NHTSA, and earned certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Able to spot errors and omissions in police work and reports that frequently results in dismissals

    39 years, 800 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    15%
    Speeding, reckless, red light, improper turn, defective equipment, aggressive driving,

    39 years, 200 cases

  4. Business
    10%
    Advised and handled legal needs of countless businesses, including accountants, restaurants, nightclubs, I T vendors (hardware and software), labor services providers, and government contractors. Preparation of all business documents and agreements

    39 years, 500 cases

  5. White collar crime
    10%
    Have represented clients in fraud cases, SEC insider trading investigations, and defending against revocation of U.S. Government security clearances.

    39 years, 100 cases

  6. Expungement
    5%
    In many situations, I can prosecute motions to seal or expunge criminal cases from your record so you can get your life back and move forward. And after we've won you are actually authorized by law to answer "NO" if asked if you've ever been arrested

    39 years, 25 cases

EXPERT REPRESENTATION FOR CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC & DUI CASES IN D.C. AND VIRGINIA. FREE CONSULTATION & CONSULTATIONS VIA ZOOM.

CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION  Offices located at Archives METRO (across from DC courts),  and one block from Fairfax County courthouse. 

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900-South, Washington, DC  20004    

10521 Judicial Drive, Fairfax, Virginia  22030

  In a career spanning over 30 years I've zealously fought for clients accused of virtually all types of crimes - from simple possession of marijuana to carjacking and murder. There is almost nothing I have not already seen and learned to deal with, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. I've helped thousands of people get through some of the worst times in their lives. I can help you too.

     I've recently completed an in-depth advanced training course on traffic alcohol cases approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and become one of only a few attorneys who have earned certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This means Ihave been trained and become proficient in exactly the same testing and procedures the police officers must use in order to make arrests for traffic alcohol charges, and can spot errors and omissions in their work and reports that frequently result in cases being dismissed. 

    Before becoming an attorney I was a private investigator for several years, and before that i was a police officer, including a stint working undercover in narcotics. I've been where the arresting officer has been. I know what he sees, but more importantly I know what he misses.  

  I've also represented numerous businesses from initial start-up through becoming major players in their fields - including representation in connection with incorporation, LLC agreements,leases, business licensing, government contracts and bid protests.

   

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2020,2018
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2020 + 1 ...

Photos and videos

601 Pennsylvania Ave office, at Archives METRO. Across street from DC courts.
10560 Main Street, Fairfax, Va 20030
One block from the Fairfax County Courthouse

Location

OFFICE 202-429-2900 CELL 202-486-6555
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 900-South
Washington, DC, 20004
Bernard F Crane
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Anne | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent! We got the best outcome possible!!
cannot even begin to thank Bernard Crane for all of his help. Not only was his legal representation impeccable, but his support in offering us reputable resources and advice, above and beyond the legalities of our situation, were priceless. We were impressed from the very beginning at his professionalism, reassurance and candor, while always treating my son with the utmost respect. The end result was the absolute best case scenario. I hope we don't need legal representation again, but if we do he will be the first person we call, no doubt about it!
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Posted by Gray | November 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent/Trusted Business Counsel
Mr. Crane has provided me with business counsel from legal administration to contract review to tips on business negotiation and long range planning. In addition, Mr. Crane is highly responsive to meet my immediate business needs. He is a well trusted business adviser and provides both a legal view as well as a business perspective.
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Posted by Michael | July 12, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He's truly professional! I couldn't enough to thank him for his service he provided me.
In a brief consultation, he gave me crucial informations & steps I need to follow up regarding to expunge my traffic violation record.
Posted by Sheena | March 19, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
I am someone who is not well versed with the law, and I recommend Attorney Bernard Crane with the highest praise. He is incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and patient. I can confidently say he is experienced with the type of questions he asks and information he provides; you are lucky if you have him on your side.
Posted by Robbin | December 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best outcome
Mr. Crane represented me in a legal matter I had. He provided me with the necessary information to proceed with my case and from the beginning informed me of what I needed to do to assist in my case. He kept me informed during the pendency of the case and achieved the outcome I wanted. I would recommend him.
Posted by Getachew | April 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated
I had a positive experience with my lawyer Mr., Bernard crane during a difficult time. He was able to successfully negotiate a favorable outcome for me in my case, which resulted in a reduced charge and a much lower penalty than what I could have faced otherwise. Mr. Bernard provided me with excellent care and respect throughout the entire process, and that he gave me valuable guidance and preparation work to help me navigate the legal system and achieve the best possible outcome. Overall, it sounds like Mr., Bernard was highly professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping me with my case. If anyone is in a similar situation and needs legal assistance, I would certainly recommend considering Law offices of Bernard F. Crane for your legal needs.
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Posted by Bisrat | April 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I want to sincerely thank Bernard Crane
I want to sincerely thank Bernard Crane for the outstanding job he did representing my family in a legal problem. Along with being diligent and professional, Mr. Crane was also quite modest in how much he asked for Compensation. Bernard was kind and personable throughout the entire process. He kept us updated each step of the journey and was always willing to address our queries and worries. Then personally delivered the good news to my family. We enjoyed working with him and heartily endorse his services. Mr. Crane, I sincerely appreciate your diligence and commitment. God Bless You!
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Traffic Ticket
Attorney Crane was fantastic guiding me with a speeding ticket I received while visiting DC. I really appreciated his honesty and transparency with my situation. He returned my call immediately and help guide me what I needed to do. Thank you!
Posted by Andrew | January 25, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal Counsel
I had no idea if I could even be charged and called a bunch of different places to try to get information. Not only was Mr. Crane one of the only ones to answer but it was actually him who answered and not some random employee. After explaining my situation he gave me some advice over the phone and never tried to pressure me in to come in for a consultation, hire him, or provide him any financial incentive for helping me out. Genuinely a good individual and saved my stress level from spiraling out of control. If I need legal counsel in DC I will absolutely be consulting with him. The best experience I’ve had with a lawyer in my experience.
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Posted by Sarah | October 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy customer
Bernard helped me with my traffic ticket in DC. He was personable and talked me through my options. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attentive and Helpful
Mr Crane is professional, timely and very helpful. His knowledge of systems that people have to navigate is invaluable. When you talk to him, you know he is dedicated and is there to support his clients. He goes above and beyond.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not disappointed
I contacted Mr. Crane in somewhat of a frenzy with a legal issue. Mr. Crane listened and asked the questions to get to the heart of my matter. Even though it was a consult he took the time to look into my needs and when I needed a more specific solution he even provided POCs to me for help. I never felt rushed or like an inconvenience. I would call him again first if ever needed on that alone
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Posted by BARBARA | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My Lawyer
I am 83 years old and I hired Bernard Crane to represent me in an auto accident. He was highly recommended by an attorney. The hearing was virtual. I personally believe the investigating officer had a connection with the individual who was involved in the accident because I received my violation citation 23 days after the accident. Mr. Crane did an excellent job in preparing the groundwork for the case which was submitted to the court several days before the trial. It was so good until the investigating officer asked the judge for a dismissal of the trial the day of the hearing. I thank Mr. Crane for his excellent work in getting justice when the cards were all stacked against me.
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Posted by Larry | April 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch!
Bernard Crane Esq handled a legal matter which required both discretion and judgement at a very reasonable cost. He is an excellent attorney, and I am grateful for his attentive and professional service.
Posted by Bryan | February 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review for Attorney Bernard F. Crane
Thank you Attorney Crane. He took the time to listen to my legal situation and took steps on my behalf so that I have a chance to be represented fairly. Professional and Responsive.
Posted by Jimi | August 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Good lord, the command he had for the courtroom was impressive. He made sure he knew every detail of the situation in preparation of the case. In this case, it was a traffic violation. Due to the knowledge and due diligence, he helped defend me, I got off free with no need for my testimony. I was nervous when it came to lawyers and courts. But Bernard made it easy on me. This was money well spent. Thanks Mr. Crane. If you see my review, multiple places, that is because I judge people with talent and who care about their job. This man has both. I want to spread the word.
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Posted by Mccoyy | July 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great person helped me with where to start
He is a great person was nice enough to talked to me and guide me on where i should look up to get info on where i could start what i was looking to do. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DC Traffic Ticket Consult
Bernard, Thanks for taking the time to give me advice for my DC traffic citation. Your advice was most helpful!
Posted by Ivan NJ | May 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
More than I expected!
I got snagged by a photo camera on my way to Florida from NJ. I called Mr. Crane and was very impressed at how straight forward he was with me. He put my mind at ease about paying the ticket vs trying to contest it. Although he did not have to, He explained how the ticket would not affect my insurance and hearing that straight from him made all the difference. If I did need a lawyer I would have been perfectly comfortable with him. I'm Glad I called.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr.
Seasons greetings, happy holidays and thank you very much Mr. Bernard F. Crane for your genuine care and comfort ! Mr. Bernard F. Crane is the most genuine care, most honest, informative, reliable and responsive Attorney that I have ever come across. He is very hands on because he will advise you fairly and work harder on your defense despite whatever your background is. I highly recommend Mr. Bernard F. Crane as your attorney. and I will make sure to highly recommend you for anyone else that may need your help and wonderful services.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Bernard F. Crane
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Armed Kidnapping/ADW case
  • ALL CHARGES DROPPED
  • Felony Threats to Kill
  • ALL CHARGES DROPPED
  • Felony Weapons Offenses
  • SUPPRESSION MOTION GRANTED, CASE DISMISSED

Associations

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • DC Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • United States District Court, Washington, DC
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1985 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Professional Responsibility
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1984
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Insurance Law
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1983
  • AmJur Award: Creditors Rights & Debtors Protection
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Criminal Law Mock Trial
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (7)
Endorse Bernard
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bernard Crane is one of the finest lawyers I've known. He possess the skills, competence and knowledge to effectively represent clients. He's committed to his client's cause and is fair to all parties. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known attorney Bernard Crane for over 10 years. He is a lawyer's lawyer because of his vast years of experience in the area of criminal defense. When there is a question that other criminal lawyers need help with they ask Bernard Crane. I highly endorse him."
Business Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Crane. I cold called Mr. Crane after finding his information online to support myself and my clients in a business transfer matter. Mr. Crane immediately got to work and helped us on an extremely tight deadline. As part of our transaction, I spent almost an hour on the phone discussing legal issues involved in the matter. The breadth of Mr. Cranes knowledge regarding the issues was extensive. Moreover, his maticulous approach to the subject matter ensured my client ended up with a much better product than I could have provided by myself. I can recommend and endorse Mr. Crane highly for all facets of Business Law and encourage others to work with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bernie for more than twenty years. We have worked for co-defendants in the past and he is one of the most hard working, competent lawyers you can hire. He will go above and beyond in every case and allow you to relax knowing you are in good hands"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have watched him work for many years. He's intelligent, aggressive and hard working. And, of course, he has lots of experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Crane is a very capable lawyer. He works hard for his clients and is very knowledgeable in the area of criminal law. His vast experience makes him an excellent advocate who can help you get the best resolution to your case, whether it is taking it to trial, or negotiating a plea with the government. I wholeheartedly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie is meticulous, efficient, resourceful, and diligent. He gets the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have always been impressed by Mr. Crane's thoroughness, dedication and professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Crane for nearly 25 years. During that period, Mr. Crane and I have worked together or consulted on numerous criminal cases. His courtroom manner and his relationship with his clients clearly demonstrates that he is an exceptional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie Crane is one of the finest attorneys I know. He is dedicated to his clients and a master at the law. He is always a knowledgeable about the best course of action to take a case and I would trust him completely in any courtroom proceeding. What’s even more is he truly cares about his clients more than just about any attorney I know. Of the hundreds of attorneys I have worked with and against over the decades I have practiced, Bernie Crane is right there at the top. I wholeheartedly endorse him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been a colleague of Mr. Crane's for many years. I have never seen another attorney so attentive to his clients; caring for them not just as clients, but as people. He is relentless in analyzing legal issues and investigating facts. He is a gifted courtroom attorney who can be trusted to effectively present any argument in the best possible light. I would highly recommend Mr. Crane to family or friends."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Friend
"I highly recommend Bernie to anyone and everyone facing a DWI/DUI/OVI case. Bernie has a very specialized skill set that a lot of attorney’s do not have. Bernie has completed the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test certification course and knows exactly what to look for when handling these cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie is a highly trained and certified regarding NHTSA field sobriety testing. Because of this certification, Bernie knows how to explain what you, the accused, did right on a sobriety test, and what the arresting officer did wrong. Bernie should be among your first choices for any OVI/DUI/DWI case. I highly recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie is certified to conduct standardized field sobriety tests using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines. Because of this certification Bernie is the go-to man for any OVI/DUI/DWI case. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Bernard Crane for over 15 years. He is an excellent lawyer. He is dedicated criminal practitioner in District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions. I would highly recommend Mr. Crane."
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