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Christopher B Amolsch

Criminal defense Attorney at Alexandria, VA

4.6   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 23 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
    Maryland - MD 23 years
    Georgia - GA 25 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2000
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1998
    Resigned Membership No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Christopher Amolsch is a nationally recognized Virginia criminal defense lawyer providing expert, aggressive and innovative representation in federal and state criminal matters throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and in federal courts throughout the United States. With his extensive experience as a Virginia criminal defense attorney, Mr. Amolsch handles cases ranging from DWI to Murder and from Drug and Narcotics crimes to complex "White Collar" and Grand Jury investigations.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    For drivers fighting DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUI (driving under the influence) or other serious traffic offenses, hiring qualified, attentive representation is the most important step toward avoiding serious consequences. With offices in Leesburg, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia, Christopher Amolsch provides high quality representation to clients facing serious charges, and is licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia.

    25 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Reckless driving | Reckless speeding | Hit & run | Car jacking | Vehicular homicide | Speeding over 80 mph | If you have been issued a speeding or traffic ticket, call Attorney Amolsch to consider all your options before just paying it.

    25 years

  4. Juvenile law
    If your child has been charged with a crime, you will need a knowledgeable juvenile law attorney that can fight for your child. Call now for a consultation and get the representation you deserve.

    25 years

  5. Violent crime
    Murder | Manslaughter | Sex crimes | Assault | Gun crimes | If you have been accused of a violent crime, call Attorney Amolsch now for a consultation.

    25 years

  6. White collar crime
    Embezzlement | Fraud & money crimes, such as bank, insurance, healthcare fraud | If you have been charged with a white collar crime, call Attorney Amolsch immediately.

    25 years

Christopher Amolsch is a nationally recognized Virginia criminal defense lawyer providing expert, aggressive and innovative representation in all federal and state criminal matters in both federal and state courts and in federal courts throughout the United States.


I graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University and was a scholarship student at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 law programs in the country.  After law school, I worked in Tennessee handling death penalty appeals in both federal and state courts before returning to the Washington, DC area.


I have handled many high profile cases which have been covered by numerous national newspapers.  I also appear regularly as an expert legal commentator on many national television programs, including Larry King, Nancy Grace, Court TV, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.


I am also a founder and past Vice President of Washington, DC's Innocence Project.  As Vice President for the Innocence Project, I testified before the Virginia General Assembly on the causes of wrongful convictions and was actively involved in crafting Virginia's innocence protection legislation.   I filed the first claim of actual innocence ever considered under Virginia's new DNA statute and continue to represent clients seeking exoneration through Virginia's Writ of Actual Innocence and through federal and state habeas petitions.


In addition to my trial and appellate work, I sit on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and am active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the preeminent organizations in Virginia and the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers.


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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made us feel comfortable
We found ourselves dealing with a serious issue with our child doing something very stupid. Kids make mistakes and do dumb things. Just as ours was getting ready to head off to college - the kid did what kids do and got caught. Serious offense and the potential to really ruin the rest of his/her life let alone lose everything in college. Chris made my child feel better, let him/her know the gravity of the situation. My child did community service ahead of court and Chris saved my child's future. I can't say enough about how he took a really serious issue and lead able to give my child a fresh start after a really dumb move, my child can now move on with life. So thankful for all of Chris's hard work!
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Posted by A W | June 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You are truly an excellent attorney!
Mr. Amolsch, I wanted to write this letter to say thank you for your work on my case. Both my family and I were ecstatic about the outcome of my case. My experience with you was professional, business like and personal. You really showed concern about my well being and displayed the commitment necessary to ensure that I was receiving proper legal advice and representation. Your efforts and commitment went above and beyond anything I could have expected. Thank you again for taking my case. -A W
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Posted by Larry | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Chris is an excellent lawyer and I would highly recommend him. He was able to get my charges lessened and his style and approach reduced the stress of a difficult situation by providing step by step guidance in the process of dealing with the nuances of the legal system.
Posted by Z L | November 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dwi charge
I could not have asked or had a better lawyer. Mr. Amolsch was honest and communicated with me throughout my entire process. He explained my options and didn't tell me what to do but informed me of the choices I had and suggested things but he let me be in control. He worked with me and was always on my side. He was very reliable and I would recommend him to any who needs legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Possession charge.
Chris took my case after looking him up online and taking a chance. He was with me every step of the way and being a first time offender and out of state I had no idea what to expect. Chris worked with the prosecution to have me put on probation and no guilt on my part. I have continued to talk to Chris on other matters that I may have a question on when dealing with background checks and the charges.
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Posted by Benjamin | October 26, 2012
Saved my life (my job, my car, etc)!!!
I am going to begin by stating the facts first. I was facing serious DWI charges from the US Attorney's office after my arrest on GW Parkway (federal). I was clocked doing 106 in a 55, blew a .14 BAC, and rear ended a Park Police cruiser. As I was frantic and shopped around for lawyers the next week each and every one of them tried to put the fear of God in me by telling me the Federal Court system is the worst and that they would have to charge an arm and leg to get things done for me. Chris was different. He immediately told me that I was better off that it happened on a federal highway. He put me at ease, but was honest at the same time. He was truly concerned from the very beginning of my welfare in being able to get through this with my head intact. he told me that while he worked with the prosecution he wanted me to get counseling so I could get through my day to day. When it came time to negotiate with the prosecution Chris was relentless. He went back and forth fighting for me to keep my job and my livelihood. Where the prosecution was seeking almost a month in jail Chris got it down to 10days served only on weekends (of my choosing) with driving privileges intact for me to go to and from work and my meetings. Even allowing for me to go on business trips if necessary. In all honesty if you are facing a DWI/DUI or reckless don't think twice and just call Chris. You will never have to second guess yourself in wondering "what could have been" he will get you the best results no questions asked.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2011
Chris is who you want in your corner!
I was charged with simple possession of marijuana up to an ounce. As a first time offender I was facing a likely proposition 251 sentence where I would be placed on probation, lose my driving privileges, pay a hefty fine, etc. Basically a 6 month long headache. Chris worked his magic and somehow managed to reduce the charge to paraphernalia. No probation, no suspended license, and a minimal fine. I looked around Alexandria for a lawyer and had found several who came up with hair-brain ideas to save my ass from the charge. Chris shot it straight with gimmicks. And ultimately, he saved my ass without requesting that I rat people out, enter rehab, or any of the other myriad options other lawyers had proposed to me. Chris is worth every penny. And his services come free of judgmental lectures! Big bonus. Hopefully I won't need counsel again...but should I--I keep his card in my wallet just in case. Stop looking and start hiring.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2010
represented my son
My Son's situation was very complicated both in terms of changes in his health and a horrible driving record which would motivate any judge to impose severe punishment which did indeed happened when he was represented by a different lawyer. On my son's appeal, Mr. Amosch successfully introduced my son's significant health related factors in mitigation of his offenses. As a result of Mr. Amolsch representing my son during his appeal, my son incurred no jail time for his reckless driving offenses (he was sentenced to 6 months in jail while being represented by his former attorney).
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2009
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Chris Amolsch has definitely been a lifesaver. He is versed in both the state and federal system which makes him very versatile and allowed him to dance between my several issues without the need for me to retain counsel to handle the issues in my other case. When we had to deal with the court his etiquette definitely helped navigate the judge and prosecution and I could see the other side genuinely had respect for him which allowed him to make real progress in my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2009
Chris is the guy you want to represent you
Mr. Amolsch was very thorough in his examination of my case. He took a chance at resolving other issues that would've made us go to court an additional time, however, Mr. Amolsch was able to get it done in one session. I never worried when Mr. Amolsch was defending me. He went in to fight like a tiger, you could see in his eye that it was gameday. Mr. Amolsch is professional, he knows the system and you definitely want him on your side.
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Posted by D | April 30, 2014
Had him as an appellate attorney. He put very little effort into my case. I caught him in multiple lies. Didn't listen to the facts of my case. And came up with a frivolous argument. Upon noticing he has the facts of my case wrong he became angry. Cursed me and told me "if you don't like it, do it yourself".
Response from Christopher Amolsch December 8, 2015
I don't do appellate work. You have reviewed the wrong lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Christopher Amolsch, Esq.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Associate
  • Miller & Martin
  • 1997 - 1998


  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • George Mason University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • United States v. R. M., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria.
  • Not Guilty
  • United States v. C. C., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria
  • Not Guilty
  • United States v. Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur Raheem, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria
  • Not Guilty
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  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Virginia State Bar Ethics Subcommitee
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
  • Vice President
  • 2001 - 2003

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated- Preminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Bar Register
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


  • Editor in Chief
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Causes of Wrongful Convictions
  • The causes of wrongful convictions
  • 2004
  • Causes of Wrongful Convictions
  • The causes of wrongful convictions
  • 2003
  • Virginia General Assembly
  • Innocence Protection Act
  • 2001

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Chris to anyone facing criminal charges in Virginia. He and I worked on a matter involving a client charged with 2 felony counts which could have impacted the client in other respects in a horrific way. Chris got both felony counts reduced to one minor misdemeanor with no jail time with no further impact. Talk about impressive!! I know who I am turning to when looking for associate counsel in Virginia criminal matters... : )"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Amolsch is a smart, compassionate, and extremely capable trial lawyer. He has a thorough and practical understanding of how to handle matters, approach courts, and professionally represent his clients' interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Amolsch operates with the highest level of professionalism and has built a strong reputation in the community. He has earned valuable experience in a wide range of defense matters - from mortgage fraud to federal/state crimes - and is an attorney who is well-respected on both sides of the table. He is focused, diligent and knowledgeable in his legal practice and has proven himself to be a very skilled and successful advocate for his clients in trial. I would recommend him to anyone that needs representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is thorough, smart and tough."
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Alexandria Criminal defense Lawyer Christopher B Amolsch
Christopher B Amolsch
Criminal defense Attorney
Alexandria, VA
Licensed for 25 years
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