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Lisa Kottak Caruso

Criminal defense Attorney at Woodbridge, VA

4.9   55 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 21 years
    Kentucky - KY 27 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    The criminal system in Virginia can be very confusing, particularly if this is the first time that you have been charged with a crime. In Virginia, criminal offenses are generally classified as felonies or misdemeanors.

  2. DUI and DWI
    The courts in Virginia and across the nation take a tough stance against drunk driving. If you have been arrested for a DUI you need to be certain that you are represented by an experienced lawyer who knows how to effectively challenge the charges.

  3. Domestic violence
    Allegations of domestic violence can have very serious consequences for you and your family. In addition to stiff criminal penalties, if you are accused of domestic or family violence you may be served with a protective order.

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    While challenging a traffic ticket may seem like a hassle, it is important to recognize that you do have legal rights and options. It is also important to understand that a traffic conviction can carry serious consequences.

  5. Expungement
    If you want to have your record expunged, call Attorney Caruso to review your case and see what options there are available for you.


Former elected Commonwealth's Attorney with over 24 years experience successfully and tenaciously prosecuting and defending cases. Call now for a free consultation!


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Stevens Caruso
4311 Ridgewood Center Dr
Suite A
Woodbridge, VA, 22192


4.9 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2016
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Awesome Criminal Defense Attorney
We hired Mrs. Caruso when our daughter was facing 5 - 20 years in prison. She was referred to us as we were new in the area. On the day of our consultation, she assured us that she would do her best to keep our daughter from going to trial and that she would do everything to prevent her from having to go to prison. True to her word, our daughter is now home with her family. Mrs. Caruso gave us her cell number and was very prompt in getting back to us whenever we had questions. She's a caring and dedicated lawyer and we thank God for her. If you need a competent, hardworking and considerate lawyer, then Lisa Caruso is the one to call. She will fight hard for you.
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Posted by Jacquie | November 22, 2016
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She Fights Hard for You!
I'm so grateful to Lisa Caruso for her commitment to fighting to protect me and my family. She was was patient, kind, and determined to see justice profile during a a time of terrible crisis. She prevailed on my behalf and got a protective order issued permanently against a man who caused me great fear and distress for years.
Posted by John | August 14, 2023
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Reckless driving charge
Lisa is phenomenal. My daughter was charged with reckless driving in Virginia just after graduating college. We were very anxious since my daughter was interviewing for jobs and a misdemeanor would hurt her chances. Lisa told us exactly what to do to help get the charge reduced. She was ALWAYS available when I called or texted. Weekends, dinner time, didn’t matter, she responded. She got the charge dismissed. I’m so glad we hired Lisa!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2022
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Reasonable and Effective
Ms. Caruso provided a payment plan and was responsive. Case got dismissed for lack of evidence! Thank you Ms. Caruso!
Posted by Mike | January 15, 2022
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The Greatest
Lisa Caruso represented me on 2 separate cases a week apart. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable, very helpful, quite patient, very comforting and exceptionally professional. She will work aggressively on your behalf. She assured me during my initial consultations with her that these cases would be dismissed and they were. I can tell you this, if she tells you not to worry then you do not need to worry. She gives you her personal cell phone number and tells you to call her anytime. She ALWAYS returned my calls and texts. She made me feel like I was her most important client. She explained how these 2 cases and the court proceedings would work in language that I could understand. She just made me feel very comfortable about everything. I HIGHLY recommend Lisa Caruso. I will say this--before you call the rest--call the BEST--Lisa Caruso.
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Posted by Jerome | November 1, 2021
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A Very Happy Client
Lisa Caruso represented me in a child support matter and I was very happy with her services. I recommend this lawyer to anyone needing a very talented and compassionate attorney. She won’t waste your time and she knows how to handle business.
Posted by Robert | June 12, 2021
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One of the best in the area!
Lisa was referred to me by a friend who was facing 20 years that she helped out a lot. He was already a felon, and the evidence was stacked up against him….. She took my case during the pandemic, and was very thorough through the whole process. Even though we were not able to meet in person much, she gave me her personal number to get in contact with her at anytime. I was facing 4 felonies. Within the first or second court date 2 of the charges had been dropped, and the other 2 had been plead down to a lesser offense. When I went to sentencing I had 8 years over my head, and I left the courtroom doing no time. She is one of the best around, and she is good at what she does! If you are thinking of hiring her, it is a great decision!
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Posted by Harold | June 12, 2021
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Amazing lawyer
Lisa is an amazing lawyer! She always answers questions that you have and she is a true fighter, she will fight for her clients.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2021
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She is God given and a blessing to life. She is the definition of a lawyer and I would always recommend her to any one. She is honest and trustworthy. She saved my life.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2021
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You’re not just a number
Excellent communications. I knew what was going on every step of the way. The process was described in clear language and with complete honesty. I knew what was expected of me and when. Unquestionable legal experience and sincere focus on her client. I knew I was in good hands in a confusing and frankly quite scary system. I knew my rights and my concerns for justice were carried forward with devotion and commitment.
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Posted by Seth | January 15, 2021
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The Best
Mrs. Caruso represented me on a traffic ticket and did an amazing job. She constantly kept me up to date on what was going on and fought to get me the right decision on the case. I will recommend Mrs. Caruso to anybody who needs help.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
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Very Dedicated
Lisa represented me in a minor traffic violation. When I was looking for someone to represent my case, a friend highly recommended her and I'm glad she did. She worked so hard on my case and I'm very grateful for her persistence in clearing up the issue that was before me.
Posted by Bonnie | January 14, 2021
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Very helpful
Lisa was very helpful and always available. She was able to tell me ahead of time what would happen and prepared me for what to expect. She did exactly what she said she would do and I am very happy with her service.
Posted by Peter | January 14, 2021
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Lisa is great! She was very patient with my daughter who was facing numerous charges. She was able to get them charges reduced to where we were both satisfied with the results. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a good lawyer in this area.
Posted by Ryan | January 14, 2021
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Absolutely wonderful human being and fabulous lawyer!!
Attentive, punctual, aggressive, straight forward, patient, passionate, a true professional! From the first phone call you could feel her passion for what she does. You need look nowhere else to find a better lawyer to represent you the way you want to and expect to be. By the end of the first phone call all the stress that comes with court was gone. Truly am amazing lawyer that is supportive and patient with all the questions you have and never leaves you wondering or questioning anything.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
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Fights hard for you!
Lisa Caruso really helped me out of a tough situation. She works hard to get justice for her clients. She is very nice, kind and understanding when you are going through some very difficult times. I highly recommend her if you ever need a lawyer.
Posted by John | January 14, 2021
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Facing jail?
I am a truck driver and I make my living by driving {period} unfortunately a few years ago I was charged with a DUI {period} I also was charged with refusal to take a breathalyzer {period} after asking many people I was recommended to call Lisa Caruso {period} it was the single best phone call I have ever made in my entire life {period} I had just bought a house I was scheduled to close on it the day before court {period} Ms Caruso continuously kept in touch with me she continuously told me everything was going to be okay and not to worry I was not going to lose my job let her do the worry and she was the attorney {period} not only did I not lose my job Ms Caruso did such a great job representing me they completely dismissed the charge of refusal and I did not have to have the blow machine inside of the work truck therefore my boss was able to keep me employed because the insurance company did not have anything to refuse because they did not have to give me a blow machine inside my truck {period} that may sound like a small thing but when you're livelihood is driving a truck let me tell you what it was no small thing and I am eternally grateful for her and her help {period} next I had an altercation between some friends and one of them had me arrested and said that I had made threats to burn down his daughter's house which was not true but that's beside the point {period} I again called Lisa Caruso because that is a jail time offense {period} we went to court Lisa did such a wonderful job of questioning the person who had me arrested that they never even questioned anybody else because she had already proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that I did not in fact commit that crime and that I was not guilty and I walked out of that courtroom with the weight of the world lifted off of my shoulders {period} if you ever are facing any kind of jail time and believe me you may think it can't happen to you but it happens to every one of us at some point in our life well this is a phone call you will definitely want to make Lisa Caruso she's the only one you trust with your life and your freedom
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
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Excellent Service
Lisa was recommended to me through a family friend. I hired her to handle a trespassing case for me. She was always professional, provided detailed information on my case and I felt as though she genuinely cared. I’m grateful for the family friend who recommended Lisa. I would hire her again should I ever need legal services.
Posted by James | January 14, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney
I hired Lisa after a friend letting me know "Lisa is who you need". I was facing multiple charges, long story short I walked from the courthouse in PWC a free man with only some minor fines and 100hours Community Service. So I hired Lisa again years later. I've never regretted it not once. She answers the phone, is well informed on my case and most of all is honest and to the point. Integrity isn't something you find from attorneys these days. And bonus, she's a beautiful woman. Lol. But overall I won't call anyone else. I pray I never need to but if so she is worth the extra couple hundred. Is your time not worth more than that. Call Lisa, or roll the dice with court appointment. I no longer gamble. J. D.
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Posted by Blake | January 14, 2021
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Excellent job and super reliable!!
Lisa Caruso did an amazing job with representing me on two traffic violation cases. She worked with me and settled for super affordable cost. Great communication and very heavily recommended!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stevens Caruso
  • 2014 - Present
  • Commonwealth's Attorney
  • DInwiddie County Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office, City of Richmond
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the County of Brunswick, Virginia
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Emporia/Greensville County
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Barnes & Batzli, PC
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Lisa Caruso, Attorney at Law
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Louisville Jefferson District Public Defenders Office
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Louisville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Virginia Criminal Justice Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section Board of Governers
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Director of Public Safety"s Task Force on Non-Violent Offenders
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section Board of Governers
  • Vice Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governers
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • 4th District Representative
  • 2010 - 2014
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Achievement and Dedication Award
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Lisa Caruso for those in need of an outstanding criminal defense attorney. Her background as a former elected prosecutor and seasoned litigator give her a keen ability to analyze your case, negotiate a favorable resolution, as well as try your case when necessary. Her results speak for themselves. Her command of the law, procedure, and the rules of evidence is top notch. Lisa has also made a name for herself across the Commonwealth as a leader in the legal industry, having served in numerous State Bar roles as well as an appointee to special committees and commissions. She has also received several well-deserved awards, including Trial Attorney of the Year. Lisa is also a well-respected teacher of other lawyers on numerous legal topics. For these reasons and more, I wholeheartedly endorse Lisa without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Caruso is a top notch advocate and litigator. She's confident- with the knowledge, experience, courtroom skills, and familiarity with the key players to back it up. I wholeheartedly endorse Ms. Caruso."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I would recommend Lisa Caruso to anyone who needed a defense attorney. I worked for Lisa as her Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for 7 years and I have known her substantially longer. Lisa is tenacious, and cares about her clients. Her experience runs he gamut of criminal law. She has handled everything from capital murder cases to traffic. She has an incredible working knowledge of the law and how the criminal justice system works. She has great people skills. Combined, those assets get the best results possible. Lisa would be my choice if a need arose."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa Caruso is a lawyers lawyer. She has years of extensive prosecution and years of extensive criminal defense experience. Having worked on both sides gives an attorney a unique perspective and the ability to more fully evaluate a case. Lisa is one of a very few attorneys that I would trust to provide me with representation should the need arise. --Casey R. Stevens"
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Woodbridge Criminal defense Lawyer Lisa Kottak Caruso
Lisa Kottak Caruso
Criminal defense Attorney
Woodbridge, VA
Licensed for 27 years
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