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Steven Dale Barnette

Criminal defense Attorney at Gloucester, VA

3.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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I practice mainly in the Middle Peninsula/NorthernNeck region of Virginia. The Firm currently has three locations, Gloucester, Hampton, and Newport News, Virginia. I am fortunate to have two very capable Associates on my staff whom I have worked with for years.

The legal profession is my second career and I like to think that I bring a "real life" perspective in my representation of my clients. I have been on the other side of that desk and know the feelings of anxiety, confusion, and sometimes, fear of the legal system that people feel. I try to bring the complexities of the legal system that have become second nature to me to terms that us everyday working folk can deal with.


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Law Office of Steven D. Barnette, P.C.
6688 Main Street
P.O. Box 1220
Gloucester, VA, 23061
Law Office Of Steven D. Barnette, P.C.- Hampton
122 E. Pembroke Avenue
Hampton, VA, 23669
Law Office of Steven D. Barnette, P.C.-Newport News
12388 Warwick Boulevard
Suite 312
Newport News, VA, 23606
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Our family attorney
Attorney Barnett has been legally representing our family for over a decade. He and his legal team are professional, punctual, knowledgeable, prompt, and caring. Attorney Barnett ensures we understand legal terminology and always consults with us with his determinations. We will continue to use his services!!
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
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Lack of professionalism and integrity
I was arrested in mid- March 2018 of stalking. This attorney was court appointed due to the plaintiff getting me fired by arranging to have me arrested at my place of work. My attorney came to jail to speak with me for approximately for 20 minutes prior to my bond hearing. He told me the judge would deny me bond, which is what happened. My trial was to take place July 23, 2018. I needed to work to maintain my mortgage and other bills and tried to obtain a work release. I sent a letter to the York county circuit clerk to obtain permission from the judge to work. After not receiving a reply from the court, I had a friend contact the court and she was told the work release request had to go through my lawyer and that the clerk had forwarded my letter to the lawyer. Again, not having received a reply, I had my friend call (leaving a message with an assistant) and send a fax to the attorney – still no reply. I attempted to call my attorney from jail but the phone would cut off if the number called went to voice mail, which was the case. Finally, I sent a letter to the attorney to the address that was on a business card that the jail provided. The letter came back as “address unknown”. The address was the same as listed on the attorney’s website. This process took over a month. In early May, my cell door opened at 5 am. I was told by the block officer that I had court that day. I had not been previously contacted that I would be taken to court on that day. I was taken to the courthouse and placed in a holding cell. After several hours I was led to a small room where this attorney was present. He said something to the effect of let’s get you out of here. There was a plea deal and knowing I needed to return to my job, I accepted it – with the court providing paper work that stated I accepted the plea deal after having had an opportunity to go to trial. I would rather have gotten the work release and stayed in jail until the initial July 23 trial date. I wanted to present evidence at the trial that proved that my accuser had lied. Had I not accepted the plea deal that day, this attorney would not have been prepared to effectively represent me. The 20 minute meeting prior to my bond hearing was our only contact and he never asked for evidence. Steven Barnette did not inform me of my new court date and I believe he did this knowing full well that I needed to work to pay my mortgage. I further believe he allowed me to be “surprised” so that I would be willing to accept a plea deal and he would not have to put forth much effort in this case. Mr. Barnett showed a lack of professionalism and a lack of integrity.
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Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • The Law Office of Steven D. Barnette, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present


  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008


  • Middle Peninsula Bar Association
  • Vice PResident
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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General practice Attorney | Apr 25
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"I am pleased to recommend Mr. Barnette for your legal needs. I have known him since before he was an attorney. I have worked a case with him with co-defendants and we have consulted each other about legal issues. I can assure you that he possesses the requisite knowledge, skill and integrity it takes to bring your legal needs to a successful conclusion."
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Gloucester Criminal defense Lawyer Steven Dale Barnette
Steven Dale Barnette
Criminal defense Attorney
Gloucester, VA
Licensed for 15 years