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Michael Andrew La Fratta

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlottesville, VA

5.0   43 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 12 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 11 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    We represent individuals charged with a wide range of criminal offenses, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Call today to set up a free consultation.

    12 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    We regularly represent individuals facing traffic offenses, including DUI, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and common speeding tickets. Call today to set up a free consultation.

    12 years

  3. Expungement
    15%
    We help individuals navigate the requirements and file in the appropriate court to have records expunged. Call today to set up your free consultation.

    12 years

  4. Family
    10%
    We handle various family law matters including child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and uncontested divorce proceedings. Call today to set up your free consultation.

    12 years

  5. Personal injury
    10%

Mr. La Fratta concentrates his practice on criminal, personal injury, expungements, and traffic law. 

Mr. La Fratta is a successful criminal defense attorney who has handled thousands of criminal and civil matters in his career.  Mr. La Fratta's representation extends to all levels of criminal offenses, including misdemeanors, felonies, and traffic matters, and ranges from DUI and Reckless Driving charges to Burglary, Rape, and Arson prosecutions. 

Mr. La Fratta also studied at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, and earned his BA in Political Science at North Carolina State University, where he took a particular interest in International Business.

While living in Geneva, Mr. La Fratta worked at the U.S. Embassy to the United Nations, and at the World Health Organization, where he contributed to writing "T.E.A.C.H.-V.I.P. II," a training manual for national governments to educate their authorities on violence and injury prevention.

Mr. La Fratta has spent significant time abroad learning about various cultures through travel in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Spanish.

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Location

LaFrattaLaw
114 Old Preston Ave
Charlottesville, VA, 22902

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Reviews

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Posted by Walter | July 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in RVA
Mr. La Fratta was professional and caring about my situation from the beginning. From the consultation to the resolution of my case he handled all my questions and concerns with a wealth of knowledge and urgency. Mr. La Fratta saw to it that the best possible outcome came to fruition with regards to my situation.
Posted by Jennifer | June 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever
I was appointed Michael La Fratta as my attorney. From the beginning I was very impressed with his service and knew I was in good hands. He always made sure I knew the status of my case and encouraged me to continue doing well in my recovery. I was facing 3 felonies (2 possession charges and 1 possession with a gun). I was so scared of what would happen to me if those charges turned to convictions. But Michael didn't back down. He wanted my case to have as little impact on my life as possible. He was so proud of my progress he kept working with the prosecutor until he got what we wanted. Thanks to Michael La Fratta all 3 felony charges were null-processed (dismissed). I am forever in debt to Michael. He saved my life. Now I am felony free and I can continue my new life in sober living. I would highly recommend Michael La Fratta to everyone. Thank you so much Michael.
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Posted by Rebecca | June 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I had mr. la fratta as my court appointed lawyer last year for a criminal case and he was very good at his job I had nine charges against me and got them down to four and less jail time most recently he advised me to file a motion to modify my sentence and was kind enough to represent me I would highly recommend him he also stayed in contact with with me as well
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Posted by kin p. | March 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Michael is a lifesavor!
I contacted Michael last minute. He had a game plan from the first time we spoke. My immigration status, years of hard work, and career were at stake because of this case. He went above and beyond and did everything he could to ensure a great outcome. And within 48 hours, my case was DISMISSED! I cannot thank him enough! He treated me as he cared about my situation and not the money. He is the most responsive, confident, effective in the court, and helpful attorney in the area. I would highly recommend Michael La Fratta to anyone needing his expertise. He is truly a fighter!
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Posted by Hannah | February 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best experience
Mr.Lafratta was very professional and helpful with my overall experience. I was very pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone seeking court services. He went above and beyond to help and to explain everything going on!
Posted by Michael | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. LaFratta helped me run again, whereas before I could barely walk.
Like so many, I did not know where to turn when seeking a family lawyer. Having never been in a situation that involved social services I was going down a list of google searches trying to find legal assistance. Some offices did not return my calls, one office outsourced my call to a help desk in California who would determine if my case was worthwhile, and others would only assist if I paid over the phone first before telling me if they could even help. I left a voicemail with Mr. LaFratta's office and received a call later in the afternoon while at work so I was unable to take the call. However, he sent me a text identifying himself and asking for some information which made me feel comfortable he went this extra mile as oppose to just waiting to see if I would call back. He was patient and kind as I continued to ask questions and determine the route I wanted to go with my case with social services. His knowledge, demeanor, and truthful take on my situation put me at ease and I trusted him whole heartedly. Even though I knew I was not his only client, I always felt as if I had his undivided attention. Not once, did he make me feel as if I was a mistake for being in the situation I was in. A year and half later, he has won my case and has lifted a weight off my shoulders. He called me to inform me that we won our case, and I was ecstatic. But what made it all the more personal, was a message he sent me later in the evening saying "I am so happy for you". This is how personally involved he is in his clients. I sincerely appreciate everything you have done sir.
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Posted by Glenn | October 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glenn Brown Jr.
Mike is a very professional, knowledgeable, charismatic (which is important) Lawyer. He represented me in an extraordinary manner. I was really impressed! I hope I never need him again lol! But if so? I will not hesitate to call him!
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My heart was relieved
Mr Michael La Fratta done such a wonderful job representing my son who is dealing with a mental disability.My heart was relieved when the verdict came down all charges dropped and one was a felony. He met with us in his office and clearly made the understanding of what to expect in court. Walk with us through the whole process and the outcome was wonderful.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Peace of Mind
I was very nervous as I had never been to court before. La Fratta got me all the information I needed to step back and put things into perspective. I was able to calm down and he went right to work. La Fratta got me in and out of the court room in 10 minutes, the judge actually interupted him asking him to wrap up because the case he presented was so airtight. If anything ever happens to you, La Fratta is a guy you can count on, and if I ever find myself in a troubling position again I know exactly who I'll be calling.
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Posted by Brittany | August 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal law
I went on avvo looking for lawyers for my first ever offense in general court and I came across Michael. He answered my questions with a consultation and I hired him! Throughout the 3 months of waiting for court he gave me excellent advise on doing my class and community service so when we went to court everything could be settled. We went to court today and the judge dismissed my case all thanks to Mr. La Fratta! I could call or email him anytime of the day and he would answer and did everything he could to help me. I hope to never need another attorney but if I do it will be Michael!!
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Posted by victoria | June 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
case back in 2016 ( VRA)
mr la fratta is by far one of the best attorneys in Richmond are. he works hard for his clients whether rhey are guilty or not. I was for sure I was spending some time but he fought hard and go tme with probation...thanks mike you know Ima still keep your card might need you soon!!!
Posted by Teresa | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want him on your side
Mr. La Fratta's is very passionate about his work. A sincere no hold bars attitude with a refreshing sense of humor. I would recommend for any case that he would represent me in.
Posted by Alexander | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer!!!!
Michael Fratta is incredible!!! He went above and beyond what was expected!!! I would highly recommend him!!!
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Michael is the best lawyer i will recommend him to everyone he 5+ stars from me and my family thank you for everything ❤
Posted by Arlenna | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Down to Earth
Mr. La Fratta was on time and diligent in getting the details of the case. He is very protective of his clients, and very courteous. And surprisingly he's down to earth. I would definitely recommend him to other clients.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Reckless Driving Defense Attorney
Michael had great communication and was extremely proactive in defending me in my reckless driving case. He was able to work with the judge to get all charges dropped in exchange for the completion of a court mandated Defensive Driving course. He saved many points on my license and helped keep my insurance rates down without me even having to show up in court. I would highly recommend his services!
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Posted by Lisa | July 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney - Very Responsive - Honest - Highly Recommended
Michael LaFratta is the most responsive attorney I have ever worked with and I highly recommend him if you're looking for a lawyer in the Richmond area. He was hired by my family to represent my son, who had a felony charge, which resulted form a short-term substance abuse problem he developed while in college. Mr. LaFratta is honest and straightforward and really gives you an idea of what to expect. He did a great job of giving us the best and worst case scenarios so we knew exactly what might happen on court day. He also told us what he thought would be the most likely outcome, although he made it clear that the judge has the final say. He was highly responsive leading up to the court day via both email, text and phone. And he went out of his way to communicate with and even talk with the prosecutor in the Commonwealth Attorney's office in person to try to negotiate the best deal for my son. He was early on court day and met briefly with us prior to going in to court to make sure all bases were covered. He was great at every step of the process. I cannot stress enough what a difference to just know exactly what to expect and to be mentally prepared regardless of the outcome. In my son's case, the outcome was good. He was given the first-offender program and his case will be dismissed as long as he does everything right while on probation. For what Mr. Lafratta did, I deem his service to be very affordable. By the way, we initially had another attorney, which seemed to just want to settle for the status quo, which I found unacceptable when my son's future was at stake.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2018
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A hard working attorney that fights for you
Mr. Michael LaFratta was instrumental in my defense case. He worked hard for me, was always available to talk & was very informative about my options. He has become not only a trusted attorney but also a friend that that doesn't beat around the bush, is straight forward and honest with u around every turn. If u want a good attorney that will fight for you, is good with talking to the prosecutors and judges, Michael LaFratta is the man for the job. No complaints whatsoever.
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Posted by JC | February 20, 2018
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Excellent representation
Mr.La Fratta was highly professional and treated me with respect throughout my entire case. He took the time to thoroughly understand all the details of my case and helped me navigate my options. He came to see me several times while I was incarcerated awaiting trial and always promptly returned my phone calls . I was thoroughly impressed with his professionalism and non judgemental attitude towards me as a defendant . Would recommend to anyone looking for a lawyer who is on top of their game.
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Posted by Brian | February 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Cannot say enough great things!!
By far the best experience I've had with a lawyer. These guys work for you & are personally invested in the outcome & wants what is best for their client. They follow through & make things happen.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • La Fratta Law PLLC
  • 2017 - 2024
  • Partner
  • Main Street Law Office
  • 2012 - 2015

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Health Sciences Certificate
  • 2007
  • North Carolina State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • International School of Geneva
  • N/A
  • The King's School Tynemouth
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Cain
  • Commonwealth v. McQueen
  • Commonwealth v. Hawkins
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer - Style Weekly Readers’ Choice Winner 2018
  • Style Weekly
  • 2018
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Best of Richmond - Readers' Choice
  • Style Weekly
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer - Style Weekly Readers’ Choice Winner
  • Style Weekly
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
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Publications

  • World Health Organization's Training, Educating and Advancing Collaboration in Health on Violence and Injury Prevention - Contributor
  • World Health Organization's T.E.A.C.H. - V.I.P II
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Richmond School of Law - Law Skills
  • Criminal Defense and Guardian ad litem work in Virginia
  • 2017
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • Negotiating Plea Deals
  • 2017
  • UR School of Law - Law Skills
  • The Profession of Criminal Defense
  • 2016
  • UR School of Law - Law Skills
  • Criminal Defense in Richmond, Virginia
  • 2016
  • UR School of Law - Law Skills
  • Hanging Out Your Shingle
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (20)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Passionate about his work and dedicated to his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent criminal defense, family law and immigration attorney. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Michael both personally and professionally. He is a great lawyer and a great friend. He works diligently for his clients to get the desired outcome, whether that is through negotiations or by going to trial. He is hard-working and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hard working and dedicated to his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. La Fratta without reservation. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer, who pays great attention to detail."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. La Fratta"
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Charlottesville Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Andrew La Fratta
Michael Andrew La Fratta
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlottesville, VA
Licensed for 12 years
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