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Joseph Mcgrath

DUI and DWI Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   56 reviews

Licensed for 42 years

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Defending DUI for over 20years in Virginia Circuit and District Courts. Member of the National College for DUI Defense. National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    33 years

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    40%
    I defend individuals charged with traffic infractions, misdomeanors and felonies. Also, license restorations YOUR LICENSE IS YOUR LIFE (TM)

    42 years

  3. Personal injury
    10%
    I take a person interest in my client's personaly injury claims. That means, if you need me to come to you, I show up, if you need to speak to me, I answer the phone. Why? Because an injury is more than dollars and cents. It's more than personal.

    42 years

YOUR LICENSE IS YOUR LIFE. CALL: 804-414-8322

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Sponsor and driver: BMW E30 National Auto Sport Association (NASA)
As a sponsor and driver : Arena Racing Richmond Coliseum 2013
Licensed for 42 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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Joseph Mcgrath
2612 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA, 23220

Reviews

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Posted by [email protected] | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
license reinstatement
Very good attorney who keeps you informed of your case status & will represent you with A-1 representation
Posted by Jennifer | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST!!!!
Joe really cares about you as a person and takes a personal interest in your case and helping you. He put 110% into me and my case (which I know was not easy.) He got me the plea agreement I had hoped and prayed for. I would use him and only him for any other legal matters I may ever have.
Posted by Joseph | October 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joe is a very good friend.
Joe is a very good friend. Joe has gotten me out of trouble a couple of times. Joe is good at his job. Thanks, Joseph
Posted by Austin | May 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui
Did a excellent job representing me! Couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer! Would definitely recommend.
Posted by Tracy | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top of the Line
Top of the Line Attorney Joseph McGrath Exuded true professionalism and patience in helping me have my charges of DUI and refusal dismissed. Attorney McGrath is highly experienced and knowledgeable paying attention to the minor details. If you want to achieve success in the courtroom Attorney McGrath is the only way to go.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Charge
I had a case where totaled my car in a accident with another friend. The cop gave me a ticket for a DUI. I was sent to the hospital as well due to the severity of the crash. I was 100% sure I was going to receive a DUI ticket and a reckless driving charge. I also did not show up to on of the hearings. I had a warrant for my arrest. I called Joe Mcgrath literally 6 days before the trial. We went into trial for almost 2hours. In the end I received a dismissed DUI charge and only had to pay a fine for my warrant. This man is no joke! Watching him work and represent me for my trial was amazing! I highly recommend hiring him for your driving cases! I am now able to continue my pursuit in the medical field thanks to Joe Mcgrath!
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Posted by Bryan | August 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI case
Mr McGrath was excellent in keeping me informed step by step of my upcoming case eventhough due to COVID it was push back close to 2 years! Mr. McGrath reviewed the police video throughly bringing up key points that the officer was in the wrong. While in court he also picked up on key statements the officer testified under oath that did not happened. He used all resources (toxicologists) to come testifying on my behalf proving that my blood alchohol wasn't accurate from the time of my arrests location to then being at the jail. Mr McGrath insisted we take this case in front a jury and after a long day in court it was worth it because the jury unanimously voted that the defendant (me) was Not Guilty! After 2 years I can move from that dark cloud that was over me and it was all because of Mr McGrath, he's straight forward, professional, great priced, well known, and just a good person. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM HANDS DOWN!
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Posted by Daniel | April 27, 2021
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Excellent
Mr. McGrath was awesome. Not only was he great defense but he was also quick to reply to any emails or questions
Posted by Muhammad | April 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Money Well Spent
Joe works hard to lay out all possible scenarios and share the pro's and con's of each one. Joe worked really hard to get a favorable outcome for me despite my incriminating evidence. He was able to leverage his network and expertise to uncover information that an average attorney would not be able to. Ultimately, he provided clear guidance and represented me as expected in front of the judge and prosecution, even going as far as looking deep into the files of the case to anticipate further obstacles. Overall, Joe is a very personable, friendly, unintimidating fellow that knows his stuff through and through. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2021
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Reckless Driving
Great lawyer with a wealth of experience and reasonable rates. Able to strike deals and deliver results.
Posted by Christan | February 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A reasonably priced, effective, excellent lawyer.
A run in with R.P.D. left me with an “obstruction of justice & reckless driving charge”. Mr. McGrath took my case for a reasonable fee, he instructed me on what steps to take for my defense & kept me abreast of the status of the case, including a bad offer made by the prosecutor. The obstruction case was dismissed & the reckless driving reduced to “improper driving” with the option of taking driving school to clear my record. Mr. McGrath will handle your case personally, he is not a slick, high profile, high priced lawyer. He is a one man operation & a damn fine one at that. I would highly recommend Mr. McGrath’s services for DUI, Traffic defense & also individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions,etc.
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Posted by Danny | February 12, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Joe responds quickly and works closely with his client's to assist with their legal needs. Joe is honest, straight forward and has an excellent working relationship with area courts and Commonwealth Attorneys. I highly recommend Joe.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-notch DWI attorney
Joe is a terrific lawyer in his specialty. He knows the VA laws inside and out and will devise a customized plan of attack for your defense. Joe tells it to you straight—he is forthright about your chances for possible plea deals that the prosecution would accept. In my specific instance, I blew 0.13 in the field and 0.11 at the station, but my field sobriety tests were fine and the arresting officer had unknowingly obscured all of the video footage. Nevertheless, Joe was very direct about the uphill battle I was facing, and we pursued various lines of attack in the weeks before the court date, including plans if we needed to appeal. When the case was tried, Joe pushed hard on all the weaknesses of the arrest and ran laps around the more-junior prosecuting attorney. Fearful of losing the case outright, the prosecutor agreed to a wet reckless with various provisions but no interlock, which was something that was crucial for me to avoid. At my first ASAP meeting, the case manager seemed floored that I was able to get a reckless with a 0.11. For the expertise Joe provided during my nine month journey, I found his fees very reasonable. If you are up against a DWI in the Richmond area and you want to maximize your chances of the best possible outcome, you need to look no further than Joe McGrath.
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Posted by Auggie | August 12, 2019
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Out Of State Issues
I was declared a habitual offender by Virginia in 1995. I had moved out of Virginia in 1991. Tried to resolve issue my self several times, All i had done is threw away my money. If you need a lawyer that will represent you, Joe's your man ! He took care of everything. I did not have to travel back to Virginia for any court hearings. Joe took care of it. I highly recommend Joe McGrath for any of your driving related issues.
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Posted by Jonathan | July 19, 2019
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Fantastic Representation
Joe was there for me throughout the entire process with great advice. He was able to get me cleared of my charge I'm court.
Posted by Brian | May 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great representation
Joe really knows the law and what's going on. He studies other cases and really understands how these cases work. He had a solid plan and followed through brilliantly.
Posted by Colin | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Steadfast, accountable professional with decades of experience -- and at a fair price.
Joe has represented me multiple times and has always kept me out of trouble. He knows his craft better than anyone in Richmond and is a shark in court. I would recommend Joe to anyone with traffic or personal injury legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dwi Reduced to Reckless driving
Got an dwi with a .17 in Colonial Heights..Mr Mcgrath got my charge reduced to reckless driving. He kept me well informed every step of the way. Answered every call no matter how late or early it was. Very professional and guided me every step of the way. He is no doubt the real deal and knows his stuff. I would highly recommend him to anyone
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Posted by Monica | November 20, 2018
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Would Recommend
He did a great job on my husband's case. He responded quickly when we had questions. He showed up to court early and worked out an acceptable compromise and we were in and out of court in no time. Would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Mike | October 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Joe saved my life
Joe is very professional and knows his stuff. He also is extremely easy to work with and handles your matters as if they were his own. I was arrested this summer for two charges (felony hit and run and driving on the revoked) and reached out to Joe to help me. These are serious charges for anyone and in my case, they were even worse because I was a revoked driver. Joe listened to the facts in my case and helped me get a result that allowed me to stay home with my family, keep my job and most importantly, remain felony free. Thanks to Joe, I was given a 2nd chance at life without any restrictions. Regardless of who you are or what mistake you have made, us as clients always seek a lawyer that cares about our concerns and what happens to us as much as we do and I can honestly say that I found that in Joe more than any attorney I have dealt with in the past 37 years. If you are looking for a great lawyer to help, Joe is your guy.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph McGrath Atorney at Law
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • Law Reader
  • Licensed by VA State Bar
  • 1980
  • University of South Flordia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Anderson
  • Motion to Suppress granted, case dismissed

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • sustaining memeber
  • 2005 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • member
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Ethics and Legal Standards
  • Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe knows traffic and DUI law. More importantly, he knows how to use his knowledge to advocate for his clients. He has earned his fantastic reputation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe's knowledge of the law is based both on his unique legal mind and years of experience. Joe has a reputation of being a diligent and effective advocate for his clients. Having worked with him and observed him in court, I am always impressed with his ability to consistently get good results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney who will work his heart out for your case. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. See him in court in Richmond area 2-3 times per week. Always prepared to try a case. Has good courtroom demeanor and is respected by prosecutors and judges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is one of ONLY three lawyers in the whole US that I'd agree to sign for pro hac vice. No question, no hesitation. Joe is my " go-to guy" for all things traffic law in the Commonwealth- he knows his stuff, he's absolutely fearless and he's one damn fine lawyer. Wish there were more like him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Mcgrath has the requisite training, knowledge and experience to successfully represent those accused of a crime. He is someone to trust. He has earned a great reputation for being a zealous and professionally aggressive advocate for the citizen among us who has been accused of a crime."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe has the trial skills to handle any case that comes his way. The thing that makes him better than others lawyers is that he studies the science surrounding DWI/DUI charges. Joe knows Virginia's new breath tester; Joe has the state's manuals from the manufacturer! Most other lawyers do not even know the name of the manufacturer of the EC IR II. I strongly endorse Joe in the DUI/ DWI practice area."
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