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Benjamin Aaron Beliles

Criminal defense Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2006
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About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Military criminal defense focuses on representation of military members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary actions. Representing Soldiers Stationed at Fort Lee and Fort A.P. Hill in Defense Cases in Both Military and Civilian Courts

    17 years, 120 cases

  2. Federal crime

    17 years, 30 cases

  3. Gaming
    Representing clients involved in skill games in Virginia, online sports betting matters which became legal in Virginia on July 1, 2020, and casino related matters.

  4. Government
    Government experience spans a great deal of administrative claims against the Government for personal injury, discrimination, etc.

    11 years, 50 cases

  5. Litigation
    Title IX defense of students in campus and university investigations.

  6. Sexual harassment
    Title IX hearings

  7. White collar crime
    Defending companies and entities from federal and state enforcement actions and criminal investigations.

I always knew I wanted to be like my grandfather, Richard Beliles, who was a great Kentucky trial lawyer.  He was the type of lawyer you read about or see on TV — defending the poor against the most serious criminal accusations, or defending African-Americans accused of terrible crimes in a community riddled with racism.  He always occupied an Atticus Finch type dimension in my mind, both in his success in the courtroom and his never ending pursuit of justice for the disenfranchised.

My other grandfather, Wendell Golden, was a Methodist missionary to several African countries from 1954 to 1989.  He was a vocal advocate for justice and fought against mistreatment of the Africans by the colonial countries.  This led to his church being vandalized in 1961 and his arrest by the Portuguese secret police for supporting the Africans in their revolt against colonial rule.  He was imprisoned for months before being expelled from the continent.  For the next 50 years, my grandfather never lost his passion for helping the poor and the under privileged, and he instilled that principle in all of his children and grandchildren.

The legacy of my grandfathers has inspired me to live a life dedicated to fighting racism and injustice in our society. I am proud to say that my background, education, and capabilities in the courtroom allow me to continue those noble goals everyday.


I never considered joining the military until September 2001 when we woke up to watching those towers come down and the world change.  I was in my third year of college, and my childhood best friend and I showed up at the ROTC office the next day to answer our country’s call.  We knew then that the world had changed and that our place was in our nation’s service, like so many others in our generation that have answered the call since that day.

I had the privilege to attend the prestigious University of Virginia for my undergraduate degree as well as my law school degree. It was in law school where I realized that I had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather by becoming a true trial lawyer. The courtroom was exciting and intriguing.  It was fantastic to know that my commitment to ROTC in undergrad paved the road to my JAG career upon my successful graduation from law school.

Court-Martial Lawyer

I served for over a decade in uniform as a military lawyer. I joined the JAG Corps out of law school and passed the bar exam at only 23 years old.  I was assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam where I quickly became an Area Defense Counsel, becoming one of the youngest in the Air Force at 25 years old when I took position.  Looking back, it’s remarkable how much responsibility I was given at such a young age and with so little actual experience. I was thrown into the courtroom, as my skill for trying cases became clear quite early, despite my limited experience. As the Area Defense Counsel on Guam, I represented clients across the Pacific theater from Diego Garcia to Malaysia, to the Philippines, to Okinawa, Korea, Tokyo, Hawaii, and Alaska.  I did courts-martial across the Pacific during that time period and became devoted to defending my clients to the best of my ability.  I fell in love with the opportunity to defend someone’s rights, and came to love the stage and pageantry that a courtroom afforded me.  After two years in that position, I was recognized as the best Area Defense Counsel in the Air Force in the Pacific.

Because of my success in that position, I was elevated to the Air Force’s most coveted and respected position for courtroom attorneys: Senior Trial Counsel (prosecutor).  I was stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, one of only two such positions covering all of Europe and the war-fighting missions in the Middle East.  It was the crown jewel of assignments in the Air Force JAG Corps.  I prosecuted and oversaw all of the sexual assault, child abuse, and homicide cases in that AOR for the next four years.  I traveled extensively and was in the courtroom almost every other week, sometimes multiple weeks back to back.  For me, being a prosecutor meant seeking a conviction where it was appropriate, but also ensuring the heavy-hand of the Government did not trample or compromise the rights of our servicemembers.  It was about pursuing the truth and achieving justice.  If the man I was prosecuting wasn’t guilty, I wasn’t going to prosecute him.  I wasn’t going to let an injustice happen.  And I was never going to win dirty.  If I won, it was going to be fair and by the rules.

Wilkerson Case

I was hand-selected to prosecute the Wilkerson case at Aviano Air Base in Italy in 2012.  That case is one of the most famous and publicized military cases in the last few decades.  I tried the case alongside my Colonel who has served as a powerful mentor to me.  It was a transformative experience that showed me that justice must be pursued no matter the cost to reputation or career.  Today, I proudly stand in the courtroom on the opposite side, but the lessons remain the same — my pursuit of justice will almost always bring judgment and derision from those who disagree, but the true test of character is the willingness to plow ahead and fight for righteousness.

The philosophy at our firm is different than many of the others out there. We do not consider the goals of the military to eradicate sexual assault a joke or inappropriate.  Instead, we know it is a noble desire that our society at large should support. However, the fight we have is in individual cases where the pressure rests heavy on our shoulders to ensure our clients are fully protected by their Constitutional rights and the fundamental need to ensure fairness. We cannot allow the lives of innocent people to be destroyed in a stampede to appear serious about sexual assault.  Justice must always be our goal, no matter where it leads us.

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Posted by Craig | June 2, 2023
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Puts his clients interest in front of his own
Ben took a difficult whistleblowing case involving overseas security contractors and ably navigated federal admin processes against an opposing counsel known for aggressive tactics. Negotiated a generous and largely tax-free settlement outside the admin process for his client -- that left Ben with no fee to collect.
Posted by J. Joseph | July 13, 2020
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Best defense trial attorney I've worked with
As former federal military prosecutors, Ben and I tried complex sexual assault and cyber crime cases together in Europe. Our commanders routinely hired him to handle our most challenging trials. We all learned a great deal about trial tactics and techniques from working with Ben. He has a courtroom finesse and polish that no many lawyers have. He is superbly adept at investigating and preparing case and presenting evidence and examining witnesses. If you need a defense attorney to take your case to trial, Ben is the right person to do it.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2020
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Ben gave me a second chance
I came to Ben when I was facing military and criminal prosecution for a DUI offense on post. While I understood that wasn't ideal, I was in a very dark place and made a mistake and I needed help. I also needed the military because it gave me structure and discipline and purpose and was helping me to build the inner resilience I needed to remake my life in a manner I found valuable and meaningful. Calling Ben was the best decision I ever made. He was smart, confident, empathetic, and kind. He not only advise me on the case but expressed a genuine interest in my health and welfare as they pertained to the circumstances leading up to my DUI. With Ben's help, I was spared from military prosecution and given an extremely generous plea in criminal court. Because of Ben, I get to keep my job and my life and I have begun the difficult but rewarding process of healing and doing great things in my public career.
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Posted by Brian | January 11, 2019
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Drug Innocent Ingestion Courts-Martial
Mr. Beliles defended me in a courts-martial regarding a positive urinalysis showing cocaine usage. When I contacted Mr. Beliles, there was no interrogation, no judgment, no doubt, just support and willingness to help me. As Ben and I weighed the options of going to NJP versus a courts-martial, his confidence and expertise made me feel more confident in moving forward with a courts-martial to prove my innocence. Up until he arrived at my base to represent me, one of the most comforting and impressive things about Ben was that he always answered the phone or got back to me very shortly after when I called. I never felt like "just another client." This was especially true when he flew down from Washington D.C. to represent me in trial in Florida and we were able to meet in person. He was professional, knowledgable, personable, accommodating to my questions, and really just a fun person to work with. When it came time for the trial, this man owned the room. He was courteous to the judge and jury, and vicious when it came to shutting down the prosecution. Honestly I almost felt bad for them...almost. During this trial, I was most worried about taking the stand myself. When I eventually did take the stand to give my testimony and Ben stood up to ask me questions, he made me feel comforted and confident. The confidence he set in me carried over to when the prosecution cross-examined me right after, and I hardly felt nervous. Now, Ben's closing argument...I can't say enough good things about his closing argument. My actual words to him after he spoke to the jury were "I would vote for you for f***ing president after that." He spoke eloquently and was captivating to the jury while he simultaneously shut down every point that the prosecution had to argue with us. Words that I would use to describe Ben's closing argument with regard to the prosecution would be "wiped the floor with," "destroyed," "annihilated," "obliterated," etc. And I must be right because the jury returned with a verdict of Not Guilty. I've never been more relieved in my life, and it's all because of Ben Beliles. I do not possess the vocabulary to describe how highly I recommend Ben to anyone seeking legal counsel. This man will fight for you, and I have no doubt in my mind that he will win for you.
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Posted by Eddie | January 6, 2019
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Army BOI
The Army initiated a BOI due to derogatory information in my permanent file. I contacted Best Military Defense due to some advice I received from a superior. After speaking with Ben, I felt extremely comfortable retaining his services instead of attempting to fight the BOI with TDS. TDS is usually swamped with other Soldiers’ issues and I wanted someone to provide undivided attention to my case. Once retaining their services, I always felt that Ben had my best interest at heart. Throughout the process, Ben walked me through what I needed to accomplish. When Ben arrived to my duty station, we went over how the BOI would be conducted and spoke to personnel who would speak on my behalf. Without Ben’s assistance, I don’t believe I would would have been able to continue to serve.
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Posted by Michael | December 19, 2018
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Successful results are what matters
I wasn't certain with some of the strategy, but that's why we hire knowledgeable, respectful professionals to help us. I was glad I had faith. We achieved the desired outcome most beneficial to our individual situation.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
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Best in the Business
Regarding military lawyers, just like in medicine there are good doctors and bad doctors. In my case I got a bad military lawyer. I was facing a Show Cause Board at 17 years of service for fraternization, adultery and disobeying a direct order. The prosecution had a slam dunk case (or so they thought) because I had admitted to everything and was guilty of all the charges. My military lawyer strongly advised me to just resign my commission. When I came back and told him that I wanted to go to the board and fight, he told me, "statements have been made and there was no chance they were going to retain me". I told him that I needed him to do his job and represent me. He told me he would but again that I had no chance. When I asked him what did I need to do to prepare and what should I tell my potential witnesses? He said, "The board just wants to hear about your military record and doesn't care about your other civilian witnesses, he told me don't wear your dress uniform because the board is made up of line officers and they don't care about that". I left that meeting completely distraught. I could tell he hadn't even reviewed my record and he didn't want to take my case. I did not want someone representing me who wasn't going to go 110% despite the odds. I called Cherkasky who called me back in an hour. I explained my case and without hesitation they told me they would take my case and fight! I was assigned "Big Ben". He reviewed my case file and came up with a killer strategy. He took all the stress off me and came up with everything. I started feeling good because I had someone advocating for me. I could finally focus on other things after 2 years of stress because of uncertainty regarding my case. We game planned until the morning of my board. He interviewed over 30 witnesses on my behalf. The day of the show cause board I was scared but I felt confident because Ben was at my side and we had prepared well. Ben set the prosecution aback from his opening statement and had the board members engaged. He presented 17 on the stand witnesses and myself to the show cause board. The Government had nothing to say and did not question one of my witnesses after Ben examined them. He then absolutely killed the closing statement, the prosecutor was left with nothing at the point and he didn't even recommend that I be discharged in his closing statement. The board went to deliberate and had some follow on questions which Ben deftly answered for them. The board came back with a 'Retain Verdict' and my career was saved because of the outstanding representation that I got from Ben. He took on a case that was a slam dunk for the prosecution and completely stuffed it back in the government's face. You can't afford not to have a lawyer that is not going to give a 110% on your behalf facing a military court. Ben gave that and more. He saved my career and retirement despite overwhelming odds. He truly does care about his clients as he still reaches out to check on me from time to time. He just didn't take the check and run off. I can't thank Ben enough for the diligent work he did not behalf of my case. Cherkasky and Ben Belilies truly are your Best Military Defense Lawyers! There is no one better in the business.
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Posted by Tonya/Henry | December 7, 2018
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Very pleased!
Ben represented our son very well. Had we not hired him, I don't feel the outcome would have been the same. Ben is very knowledgeable with the laws, both military and civilian. We would recommend him to anyone. Thanks for what you all did.
Posted by Dawn | December 4, 2018
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Ben Beliles representation
Ben Beliles is truly the best of the best! I hired him for counsel when I was the subject of a vindictive inspector general allegation that had the attention of the highest levels my service’s leadership. Always responsive, he was available via phone or email even when traveling in different time zones. In addition to thoroughly understanding the law, he also appreciated the emotional stresses involved. His personal and legal counsel are sound, he has a successful track record and I trust him implicitly.
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Posted by Shawn | November 30, 2018
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Big Ben
I was facing 30 years from a false sexual assault allegation by a manipulative person and a eager junior counselor who convinced another person to make a false claim of verbal harassment. Ben attacked my case as if he was a ferocious lion. He found out that the prosecutor had lied and tried to manipulate the individual who wanted a harassment charge not only did Ben get the charge dropped but he also took the same client and had the individual say on record that they where lied to by the prosecutor. Then in a turn off events he was able to prove with hard evidence that the sexual harassment was a lie and that this individual has a history of making false claims which gave us the victory. Thanks to Ben I have been able to move forward with my life with a clear name. Which allowed me to transition to a 6 figure salary that requires a security clearance. I hired a attorney and left with my freedom, justice and friend for life. If you value your freedom hire Ben if you want to meet to bill cosby hire someone else.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2018
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Top Notch
Ben is absolutely top notch. He takes the time to understand your case before plotting a way forward. You may be facing some serious charges or career implications so you need to ensure that you have a lawyer with your best interest and that’s Ben to a T. From the first phone consultation, I felt at ease and knew I was in great hands. I had spoken to the Military attorney and while I think that attorney really wanted to do well, he just didn’t have the experience or time. Ben made it a point to make sure that if I had any thoughts or concerns to feel free to reach out to him and we would discuss. Although we were many miles away his attentiveness made the distance a non issue and I felt fairly confident prior to meeting him in person before my board. Once we were face to face he took the time to meet with my witnesses and then we sat together to prepare me for the most important day in my career at that point. During my board I watched as he drove home the truth and made the government look simply foolish for putting me through what I was facing. I walked out of the board as a rejuvenated soul and thankful for Bens hard work. Since the conclusion I have still been able to reach out to him for advice and without hesitation he has tried to assist where he could. Many lawyers talk and tell you how great they are, but when facing a career/life altering experience, you don’t need talk, you need results and Ben delivers Top Notch.
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Posted by -Λυκiον | November 30, 2018
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The Law Held High
All too often the relationship between the layman and the lawyer is a paradoxical one, a cultural love-hate dynamic. Society cannot seem to forgo the temptation to jab at the profession and denigrate its presence more than that of the taxman or dentist. However, when oaths are broken, our reputations maligned, and our carefully scripted societal tools of recompense fail, society turns to the profession that it repudiates the most. While there are negative examples of the legal profession, Ben Beliles is not one of them. I cannot say enough good about Ben. It is infrequent in our society today that one person can have such a transformative impact on another’s life as he did for me. Ben is a truly remarkable litigator and human being who invests in his clients at a personal level and imbues his courtroom presence with humanity and empathetic leadership. In a system that dehumanizes and parades the most vulnerable artifices of humanity around for public consumption, judgment, and vicarious enjoyment, Ben is the beacon of hope for his clients before, during, and—most importantly—after the tragic opera that is the legal process. Ben works at the cross roads of the system and his clients, where the law achieves what is right and not only what is possible, where law and morality are in harmony, and when the good cause unites with the impassioned and noble fight. It is in this nexus that the law, society, and its incumbents are held high and we glimpse the ideals of what the legal system should be. While Ben cannot undue the original circumstances of the injustice and tragedy I endured, he could do everything possible to make it right when I could not for myself, and in doing so gave a new hope when hope had become forlorn and provided faith where the was little cause for faith. Every day, of every week, of every month of the rest of my life that I enjoy my freedom and my family, the first thought through my mind will be: Thank you, Ben, for giving me my life back.
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Posted by Levi | November 30, 2018
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The best of the best.
Ben made sure that all evidence was reviewed before I went to court, and just a day before, found a conversation that was overlooked by both NCIS and the prosecution. Despite the judge allowing the complaining witness to destroy evidence and allowing the prosecution to say I was guilty by exercising my right to not take the stand, he valiantly fought to ensure justice was won and got the acquittal. Without a doubt, I would recommend Ben Beliles to anyone in the military going to court martial.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2018
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A true hero
Not only did he defend me viciously from false allegations, but he saved my career and my retirement he is a true.warrior and man of actions, he is worth more then his asking price if you want your career saved go with Big Ben if you want to go to jail hire someone else.
Posted by Dewan | February 16, 2018
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Saved by the Ben
After a concocted sexual assault charge Ben was able to step in for his partner and finish the deal. I’m so glad that my wife reached out and located Katie then once she needed to pass to Ben he continued like a great teammate he was and is. As someone whom had never experienced trouble in my military career I had no idea of what to expect but at each step I received great advice and coverage from everyone at the law firm. At my elimination board Ben was able to drive home the truth that I was more of a victim than my accuser ever could be. Thankfully for my family and I the truth came out and my career was saved. We are extremely indebted to Ben and company and I’ll continue to recommend him to Soldiers that want to have a fighting chance against a sometimes corrupt military justice system.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-550 per hour
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Complex Commerical Litigator and White Collar Defense Attorney
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
  • 2019 - Present
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
  • Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner and Director of Operations of Military Justice
  • Best Military Defense
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office, District of Guam and the Northern Marianas
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Special Victims Unit - Senior Trial Counsel
  • United States Air Force Judge Advocate Corps
  • 2007 - 2017
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  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Lt Col James Wilkerson - Aviano Air Base, Italy - 2012
  • When I was a prosecutor, I successfully prosecuted this fighter pilot for sexual assault in a now infamous military trial.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Programs Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • N/A
  • JAG Alumni Network
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Subject Matter Expert in Sexual Harassment Based Removals
  • United States Air Force
  • 2016
  • Special Victims Unit Prosecutor of the Year
  • United States Air Force
  • 2013
  • Special Victims Unit Prosecutor of the Year
  • United States Air Force
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Air Force Employment Law Conference
  • Sexual Harassment Removals of Civilian Government Employees
  • 2016
  • Senior Trial Counsel Annual Conference
  • Using Experts Effectively in the Prosecution of Complex Vehicular Homicide Cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Benjamin
Military law Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Other
"Ben is a hard-working, dedicated and talented trial attorney"
Federal crime Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Benjamin Beliles is everything you want in a lawyer. Hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As former federal military prosecutors, Ben and I tried complex sexual assault and cyber crime cases together in Europe. Our commanders routinely hired him to handle our most challenging trials. We all learned a great deal about trial tactics and techniques from working with Ben. He has a courtroom finesse and polish that not many lawyers have. He is superbly adept at investigating and preparing cases and presenting evidence and examining witnesses. If you need a defense attorney to take your case to trial, Ben is the right person to do it."
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Richmond Criminal defense Lawyer Benjamin Aaron Beliles
Benjamin Aaron Beliles
Criminal defense Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 16 years
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