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Eric Edward Clingan

Criminal defense Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   18 reviews

also known as The NoVa Law Firm

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    33%
    Misdemeanors and Felonies, including but not limited to: DUI, Driving on Suspended, Reckless Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Petit Larceny, Assault, Domestic Violence, Sexual Battery, Murder, Robbery, Rape, Forgery, Fraud, Grand Larceny

    23 years, 1,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    DUI, Refusal, Reckless Driving (Alcohol Related) and related Probation Violations

    23 years, 100 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%
    Reckless Driving, Driving while Suspended, Driving without a Valid License,

    23 years, 500 cases

  4. Divorce and separation
    10%
    Equitable distribution, Abuse, Adultery, Spousal Support, No-Fault, Child Custody, Support and Visitation.

    17 years, 50 cases

  5. Federal crime
    6%

  6. Violent crime
    5%

  7. Domestic violence
    4%

  8. White collar crime
    2%

Being charged with a crime or serious traffic offense can be stressful.  The consequences of a conviction could affect your job, your career and your reputation. 

I understand this and I take care to assure all my clients as to the strengths of their cases under current law.  I will listen to the facts of your case, explain the legal rules that apply and explain the various ways that we can win your case.  A defendant deserves respect for his rights and a vigorous, aggressive defense.  That's what I provide.

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Location

Eric Edward Clingan
3976 Chain Bridge Rd
Fairfax, VA, 22030-3300

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Reviews

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Posted by Sanjay | February 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense Attorney in NOVA
Few months ago I got a reckless driving ticket , I talked five or six lawyers before I decided on Mr.Clingan. it was my first time going to court for anything so I got a free consultation. Mr.Clingan took his time and gave me a very descriptive overview of my legal options , and what he could offer, his rates are very fair, and he doesn’t use fear tactics to get your business. Mr.Clingan is very responsive to texts/calls and he seems like one of the few who genuinely care about their client. I am extremely pleased with his services. I also agree with the other 5 star reviewers he seems to be the best traffic attorney in the area. I’ll be referring him to any family or friends who end up in a similar situation.
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Posted by KVF | June 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Represenation!
I retained Eric Clingan to represent my son after he received several major traffic infractions in Prince William County, VA. From the onset, Mr. Clingan demonstrated a high aptitude for the law as he presented my son with several optimistic options. In court, Eric Clingan did not disappoint. His thorough preparation was clearly displayed in his impressive delivery which surpassed all the other attorney’s. if you are looking for an experienced, compassionate and attentive attorney who will aggressively work your case, I strongly endorse and recommend that you choose Eric Clingan and the NoVA Law Firm.
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Posted by Iamila | June 9, 2018
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Best Attorney in Northern Virginia
I have retain Mr. Clingan multiple times and came out victorious. Without a doubt the best Attorney in Northern Virginia. I wouldn't look else where for legal help! He seems to be well noted and respected in the Courts. A natural at what he does, he is poised and collective and take his and your time into consideration. I have referred multiple friends to his firm and we are all pleased and satisfied with his service. He doesn't settle for less and will fight to give you a fair trial.
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Posted by Jason | August 4, 2017
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Nobody is Better!
I don’t normally write reviews but I’m writing this one because Eric Clingan kept me out of jail and was able to get my case dropped. Right from the start, Eric mapped out a plan to get my case dismissed. He walked me through it and gave me confidence when I thought all was lost. As promised, he subpoenaed all the witnesses I needed and he showed up Fully prepared for a trial. We ended up not even needing all the witnesses because he was able to show the court that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and I walked out a winner. Thanks Eric!
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Posted by June | August 1, 2017
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Hands Down, Eric is THE BEST!
When I needed a lawyer, by best friend recommended Eric. Now that my case is over, I can honestly say that there simply is no one else who I would trust to make sure my record stayed clean than Eric Clingan and The NoVa Law Firm. Fairfax police are really tough on DUI and they have dash cams that record everything that happens. Just remember that. Eric will demand the video recording and sit down and watch the whole thing with you. When we did that, and compared the video with the police officer's report, Eric found a lot of differences. When we went to court he nailed the cop on every mistake and showed the judge that I was not intoxicated. Nothing sounds better than "Not Guilty" I swear! Everything Eric said he said he would do, he did, and then some. Bottom line: My case was dismissed and I owe it all to Eric.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2017
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Excellent Service
This past year our son faced a legal issue that required the assistance of an attorney. A friend recommended a lawyer whose fee turned out to be more than we could afford. My son and I found the NoVa Law Firm website online and my son called Eric Clingan. After that conversation my son said "I want Eric" and I was relieved that fee that Eric quoted was less than half the fee of the first attorney we had contacted. Naturally, I was worried that a lawyer that we found "randomly" on the internet and whose fee was lower might not be equally well qualified. That concern turned out to be unfounded. Eric was very knowledgeable and helpful from the start. Our case required multiple requests for continuance and I was afraid that Eric would charge more for these repeated visits to the courthouse, but he assured us that, once we had paid the fee, he would do everything necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for no additional charge. In the end, he was able to achieve a very favorable outcome through his intimate familiarity with the legal process and some quick thinking. We could not be more satisfied with the service that he provided.
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Posted by Paola Lijeron | January 18, 2017
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Great Attorney
Finding a great attorney is a challenge that a lot of us face. I was fortunate to find Mr. Eric Clingan through a good friend, and I could not be any happier. He is great at what he does. He is caring, respectful, detail oriented, and knowledgeable. If you are looking for an attorney, give Mr. Clingan a call. It will be a good investment, trust me.
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Posted by William | October 27, 2016
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DUI Show Cause Case
I had a DUI Show Cause to return to court. Mr. Clingan did an amazing job & stopped nonsense & hearsay evidence to be allowed. My case was dismissed.
Posted by Cristian | March 7, 2016
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Amazing lawyer
He was extremely professional, to-the-point, yet patient to explain all my options to me. Together, we won a DUI case, and the charge was thrown out (and my record expunged). Actually, WE didn't win it, he won it with grace and skill. I had never been inside a courtroom, but his intelligence and eloquence and strategic thinking shone during trial.
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Posted by Chemen | September 1, 2015
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thankful and confident
I can't thank Eric Clingan enough for what he has done for me, it was my word against another's, and the ticket was issued in my name, due to the state of shock I was after the accident, police didn't even bother to investigate the case or corroborate the information. Even with the odds being against, Eric has strongly stood behind me and re-encouraged to stand for justice. He eagerly took my case, informed me of all the nuances and has done a ton of research and preparation, and on top of it, brought my peace and confidence back to me. I strongly recommend Eric, he is there to win!
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Posted by Ben | August 31, 2015
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Efficient, insightful
I received many flyers after my arrest, but his spoke to my simple need to win my case. For my consultation he listened to my story once and then repeated it all back to me showing a thorough grasp. I was impressed. Communicating with him was very efficient. We went over the process and the pricing. I knew I wanted to hire him but I waited a week and also talked to a lawyer friend. His location was also ideal for me. One initial bit of value after hiring him was that he went to the court for my initial appearance without me. Leading up to the court date we didn't talk much but he was available at short notice the one time I requested, and he did not need to waste much time recalling the details of my case. There were some strategic options in my defense which I was not sure about. He had a very reasonable way of discussing our options. We didn't decide on some key strategy points until just before we went into the courtroom and that turned out fine. I felt going in that I wasn't going to win because certain factors were lining up against me, but I was resolved that accepting the plea bargain would be too unjust. We did win and I was very satisfied that he made a couple of moves that helped get the decision in my favor, and provided me with key coaching.
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Posted by Cristian | August 31, 2015
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DUI acquittal
I shopped around a bit before deciding to go with Mr. Clingan as my lawyer for a DUI charge in Fairfax County. His clear explanation of how he would approach my defense won me over. We went to trial, which ended up lasting a few hours. Eric's attention to detail and his knowledge of the law were incredible. He cross examined the police office, found inconsistencies in the police report, and at one point even had the police officer confess that he had already made up his mind to arrest me before administering me the sobriety tests and breathalyzer! Mr. Clingan was full of surprises, each one seriously undermining in the state's case against me. I had never been in a courtroom before, but my trial seemed right out of the movies. Maybe I sound over the top, but I was so happy and relieved to have my DUI charge thrown out - saving thousands of dollars, not to mention the police record, and the hassle of losing my license (or having my driving restricted) for one year. What's more, I saw a very similar case tried before me, and - even though the other attorney seemed professional and tried his best to save his client - the defendant was still convicted. Mr. Clingan was a different story, and I am so glad I chose him to represent me.
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Posted by S.B. | July 28, 2015
The best defense lawyer in the county, state, maybe even country.
Eric isn't like most defense lawyers, I could tell he felt a sense of compassion for my situation and has done all he can and more, and it has paid off. He goes in with a win attitude but is realistic, and does not sugar coat anything and allows you to prepare. I have a problem with marijuana, more so when life causes intense distress, and I have been charged twice in the last year. Eric fought to dismiss my first case and won! He has delayed the second one, and it allows me time to build an even stronger defense. I feel so lucky to have him. He is the best, and is reasonable so you would be foolish to pay someone else more for half of what Eric can do for you. He wins, and allows you to rehabilitate yourself and life at a faster rate. I cannot thank Eric and the NOVA law firm enough. I will continue to recommend him to anyone in minor or extreme trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2014
Agressive and Results-Driven Defense
I was charged with a felony 5 and held without bond for about 2 months in the Fairfax County adult detention center. Mr Clingan was hired by my parents afterwards, he filed a motion for a bond. I was released on a $1000 bond few days after. He continued to fight for my rights and was able to get my case dismissed, he also helped in the expungement process. My parents made the right choice, highly recommended!!
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Posted by Icharus | April 17, 2014
Eric was the right choice for my Reckless Driving Case
After I got a ticket for Reckless Driving I must have received 20 letters from local attorneys. Eric's was the one that caught my eye. While other's wrote about "plea deals" and "working it out with the Commonwealth" Eric said, "I want to win your case." He also didn't load his letter with stuff like "you can go to jail, etc..." As soon as I called his office I could tell he was the real deal. He gave me time to explain my case and assured me that the likelihood of a jail sentence was very low. When we went to court, the prosecutor refused to dismiss the case despite my having calibrated my speedometer and my good driving record. Eric took the case to the judge and argued very forcefully on my behalf. The judge seemed very impressed and I walked out of court without any points on my license. Eric was worth every penny!
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Posted by Josh | April 17, 2014
Eric Saved my Career
I was wrongly accused of a serious felony (fraud) which would have ruined my reputation in the business community and destroyed my small business. The stress was overwhelming. However, Eric was highly recommended to me by other lawyers and I am so grateful for their advice. First, Eric was able to reassure me that my defense was strong. He personally investigated the charges and advised me that the case was winnable at trial. During our jury trial Eric put the prosecution in a box and challenged the witnesses with tough cross-examination. Finally, he pulled out a surprise move at the end of the trial which left the jury unable to find me guilty. My career is back on track and it’s all thanks to Eric’s phenomenal, aggressive approach.
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Posted by L.M. | April 16, 2014
2 Trials…2 NOT GUILTY'S
I just turned 18 and I was charged with possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Without a lawyer, I had already pled guilty to the marijuana charge. Then I met Mr. Clingan. He explained everything I needed to know about the court system and he even advised me to appeal my marijuana case to the Circuit Court, which I did. He listened to the facts on each case and told me that I had some pretty good defenses. When we went to Prince William County for the contributing to delinquency charge the prosecutor wanted 10 days in jail! Eric advised me to go to trial and he was right. The judge threw the case out without us even having to put on any evidence or prove our case. In Fairfax, the prosecutor was only offering me the “251” program. Eric advised me that the judge would likely give me the program even if we lost at trial, so we went to trial again. And we won, again! Eric kept the prosecutor from being able to use the marijuana against me by nailing the officer on the stand. Even the judge said at the end, “We all know it was marijuana, but the Commonwealth couldn’t prove it.” The judge gave compliments to Mr. Clingan in front of the whole courtroom, too.
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Posted by John | April 15, 2014
Possession of Marijuana - Eric Rocks
My girlfriend and I got pulled over and the cop ended up charging us with possession of marijuana. There was a blunt that my buddy left behind and it rolled under the passenger seat. Anyway, I had heard good things about Mr. Clingan from another friend and he turned out to be right. Mr. Clingan is very aggressive in court. The prosecutor wanted to have me do some program but Mr. Clingan told me that my case was tight and there was no reason to give up and plea. Anyway, we went to trial and after about 5 minutes (no kidding) the case was totally thrown out. Mr. Clingan was worth every penny I paid to him and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who needed to beat a charge.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Fricassi, Mahdavi, Sissman and Rand, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • THE Nova Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Clingan Tull Easley, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Office Of The Public Defender Fairfax County
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of John A. Boneta & Associates, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2000 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Not Guilty -Trial
  • Reckless Driving
  • Not Guilty -Trial
  • DUI
  • Not Guilty -Trial
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Associations

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2015

Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • The Rules of Evidence
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Family Law Litigation
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • The Criminal Trial: Voir Dire to Closing Argument
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Mastering Jury Selection Skills for Criminal Attorneys
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish
  • 2006
  • Aspen Law & Business
  • Trial Evidence (Research Assistant to Prof. Mauet)
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia CLE
  • The Rules of Evidence
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Eric
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric's trial tactics, preparation and "thinking outside the box" are assets that serve his clients well in resolution of pending criminal charges"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a fighter and his clients benefit from it. He takes on hard cases and puts forth real effort to represent his clients. I handled a case of a co-defendant at a hearing and his cross examination was thorough and tenacious. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Clingan is exceptionally knowledgeable with respect to trial practice. His professionalism and ease in the courtroom are surely an asset to his clients. In addition, he serves as a valuable resource to other practicing attorneys in the NOVA area."
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