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William August Bassler

Criminal defense Attorney at Winchester, VA

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also known as Beau Bassler

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William A. "Beau" Bassler was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia and graduated from James Wood High School in 1991. He received a B.S. in Psychology from George Mason University in 1995 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998. Beau served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Winchester from 1998 until 2001 when he began private practice. He has both prosecuted and defended thousands of cases in all levels of Virginia courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia. With almost 20 years of experience, Beau can handle all criminal law matters, including: serious felonies; misdemeanors; drug offenses; complex financial or white collar crimes; crimes of violence; sex crimes/offenses; DUI/DWI; traffic offenses; traffic accidents; and driver's license restoration. He also has experience in many other types of cases, including the representation of children and incapacitated adults.

Beau is past President of the Winchester/Frederick County Bar Association. He served as the past Chair of the Virginia State Bar Seventh District Committee (which covers the counties of: Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, Loudoun, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Green, Orange, Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Goochland, and the cities of: Winchester, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville). He is also the Escheator for the 26th Judicial Circuit (appointed by Governor Mark R. Warner in 2002). Beau is a former instructor of law at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

Licensed for 24 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/27/2022

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William August Bassler, Plc
30 S Cameron St
Winchester, VA, 22601-4726


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Posted by Ronnie | December 30, 2020
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First of all, in today's day and age it is rare to go to trial. Deals are made and unless there is a life sentence at stake or someone is wrongly accused, there will not be a trial. If I was innocent, I would have rode with Beau till the wheels fell off but like most that get charged, I was guilty as guilty gets. No need for trial. Still, I should have received a 10 year sentence under Virginia guidelines and Beau navigated me over the mountains that were in front of me in order to fight for a fair and lesser sentence. That included me staying clean and being a successful and productive member of society. We continued to push back the final sentencing date until I had to finally face my punishment. During this year and a half I put together a beautiful life and a successful future was almost a guarantee, unless the judge went by my record and the guidelines. Beau really saw the change I had made and I think that is why he made sure the Commonwealth and judge knew the whole story. He fought very hard for me and I have seen him do the same for others that were serious about changing their lives. I received 11 months. Incredible to say the least. That was 2010 and I still am in contact with him and send anyone who needs proper representation his way. My wife and 7 year old are grateful for him as well!
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Posted by brad | December 13, 2016
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Very impressed
beau has done an amazing job with every case I have hired him get me out of jail and kept all my penalties very low very pleased with the services, I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him to anybody
Posted by Kris | January 13, 2015
Even though I was still convicted, Beau was an amazing lawyer who did everything he could to at least lighten my sentence. He was successful in doing so as well! I managed to get just probation that lasted two months! I was a hard client to work with as well, but he worked around that. I've had three lawyers in my eighteen years, and this man is by far the best, the most professional, and the most caring. If I ever have any more legal trouble, I'll be sure to go back to him!
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Posted by Loretta | December 30, 2014
I have known "Beau" for 5 years now, due, to his expertise as a defense attorney. I can honestly say that he will go the extra mile for his clients, no matter who they are, or what they have done. He not only is very careful to follow the guidelines of the law system, but, he is there for his clients, and, their families whenever they need him. He is a very genuine, humble person, who treats everyone with the greatest of respect. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing an excellent defense attorney.
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  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1998
  • George Mason University
  • B.S.
  • 1995


  • 26th Circuit Bar Association
  • Escheator
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted
  • 1999 - Present
  • Winchester/Frederick County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Former Chair
  • 2012 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Local Government Paralegal Association Conference
  • Demonstrative and Electronic Exhibits
  • 2018

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Winchester Criminal defense Lawyer William August Bassler
William August Bassler
Criminal defense Attorney
Winchester, VA
Licensed for 24 years