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Paula Bernstein Hough

Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney at Henrico, VA

4.9   49 reviews

also known as Paula R. Bernstein


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Ms. Bernstein Hough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Ms. Bernstein Hough worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Ms. Bernstein Hough was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction. During law school, Ms. Bernstein Hough also worked full-time as the Information Specialist for The Death Penalty Information Center where she delivered presentations about capital punishment to state, national and international organizations and even provided expert testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. She graduated from the Columbus School of Law cum laude in 2002. Ms. Bernstein Hough joined the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 where she zealously represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Ms. Bernstein Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys. Ms. Bernstein Hough joined the Gordon Law Firm in 2007 where she took the responsibility of opening the firm’s Central Virginia office. In 2009 she opened her own law practice, Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.   In 2012 Mrs. Bernstein Hough was admitted into the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. After the birth of their first child in 2010, Ms. Bernstein Hough left her firm to join her husband at the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough, which they later re-named BernsteinHough, P.C.  

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Licensed for 20 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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BernsteinHough, P.C.
4110 East Parham Road
Suite 201
Henrico, VA, 23228

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Achieved the near improbably for me
Misdemeanor traffic charges can devastate an individual’s personal and professional life. They impact jobs one can apply for, places that can be rented, lenders that are willing to give mortgages, etc. In short, these cases are to be taken seriously, and you want representation from someone who takes them as seriously as you do. I will be eternally grateful to BernsteinHough for their representation in my case. Without divulging personal details, I was charged with a misdemeanor. I am ashamed of the moment, but remorse alone does not solve the issue. Mr. Bernstein’s counsel and Ms. Hough’s representation achieved a nearly improbable charge reduction for me in a jurisdiction known to be highly rigid. Jenn, their legal assistant, remained on top of the things and documentation, which was comforting. Ms. Hough was extraordinarily patient and entertained my not-so-smart questions. She was incisive, composed, respectful of the judge, remarkably well-prepared, and compelling during the hearing. Her representation was the only factor that changed the case disposition from a misdemeanor to a non-misdemeanor which is a huge victory. A traffic infraction, at most, impacts your insurance for a couple of years, whereas a misdemeanor stays on your criminal history for the rest of your life, not to mention on your driving record for 11 years. In short, the charge reduction achieved by Ms. Hough is of enormous significance. Again, I am not proud of my negligence, but I am glad I had representation from BersteinHough, which allowed me to fix things without lasting damage. I highly recommend this firm as they have my utmost respect and confidence.
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Posted by Christopher | January 18, 2023
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Reckless Driving 100+MPH
I was caught doing 100+ in a 60mph and Paula went to bat for me. Due to my driving record, I should’ve been sentenced to some time but I only had to do 1 day - which was actually 4hrs. - with 50hr. community service. Much better than what I deserved. Thanks Paula!!
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Smart, and Effective Lawyer
Mrs. Hough presented my traffic violation case well and knew what information would best impact my case. She also held her ground and kept cool when the case took a turn with the Judge. She was calm, persistent, and knowledgeable about the traffic laws— my charge was brought down severely and I owe it to her!
Posted by Mohammad | November 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Legal assistance
Not only did my team bring my case down but they got it done quickly!
Posted by Mark | November 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Optimum outcome
I can speak from experience that if you hire her to represent you, and do exactly what she asks you to do, that you will receive the best possible outcome in the legal system. I personally had my charge dismissed with no fine or community service. Of course, all cases are different, but I firmly believe that she will get you the best resolution of you case possible.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Thank u
She did great I love that she successfully gave me a great result I appreciated it so much
Posted by Lisa | October 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
We were very pleased with the result from traffic court our teen received after being represented by Ms. Hough. She was professional in her interactions with us (both parents and teen) and with the court. The guidance she provided was perfect and we feel the end result was the best possible.
Posted by Ángel | October 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless driver 107 miles per hour
I can’t thank Paula enough still for the amazing job she did for me I was supposed to b charged for a lot of things and to be more than specific I was in a middle of a lot of things in my life that I totally forgot to b at court the 26 th of October 2022 and she managed the case so good since the beginning that I thank God first and she for the wonderful job she did thank you thank you thank you
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Posted by Subrato | October 22, 2022
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Excellent and expert help from Attorney Hough and her staff
Getting a traffic ticket is anything between crisis and surprise - both ends included. Attorney Hough and her staff guided me throughout the process, helped at every stage, and in the end got the ticket dismissed. To leverage a certain TV ad - you are in good hands as well as with good minds! In discussion, attorney Hough quickly grasped the essence of the incident and provided next steps and remedial measures. Her office staff Jennifer then provided all logistical helps and services - always available at every step of this anxious process.
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Posted by Jordan | October 20, 2022
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Great Legal Firm
I was highly satisfied with BersteinHough Law Firm, they managed to get my reckless driving case dismissed without having to pay any court fines or fees. They make sure you know what you need to do for your case and they are always very helpful if you need to ask questions, very reliable and I recommend them to anyone who is dealing with a reckless driving case
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Posted by Antoine | August 10, 2022
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“Best Law firm ever”
“I would like to thank you and your staff for an outstanding outcome. I was extremely pleased with the results and the professional manner in which the case was handled. I will certainly recommend your services to my friends should they ever require legal representation.”
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough August 12, 2022
Thank you so much for these kind words, especially about our staff. We appreciate everything you did to make my job easier and to secure a very successful outcome.
Posted by Margaret | April 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Class Act
I wasn't thrilled with all the tasks she recommended before my court date, but I did them all. The outcome was more than I could have ever imagined. My case was dismissed. Ms. BernsteinHough obviously knows what she's doing
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough October 3, 2022
Thank you for doing all of the things we asked. You certainly made my job easier! I am so happy we had a positive outcome.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome work!
Incredibly helpful and I barely had to do a thing! Got a reckless driving ticket reduced to nothing and I didn’t even have to go to court. Loved the experience and would use them again in a heartbeat.
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough October 3, 2022
Hopefully, you won't need to use us again, but we're here if you do!
Posted by Takisha | April 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Forever Thankful!!!
I am truly impressed with Paula Hough. From our very first conversation, I knew she was the attorney I wanted to represent my teenaged son. From start to finish, Paula made me feel that my son's case was important to her. She took time explaining the tickets and charges in detail. She also laid out her expectations in preparation of the trial. She answered all my questions and explained answers to questions I didn't know to ask. The proficiency, professionalism, and understanding I received from her and her firm is unmatched (Thank you Greg & Jennifer). Not to mention the fee's are very reasonable compared to others attorneys I contacted. On court day the officer was kind and honest about the character of my son the day he issued him the tickets. Paula was able to get the Misdemeanor Class ll ticket dismissed and the Reckless Driving ticket reduced. My son will pay a $100 fine+court cost. No suspended license and no jail time. My son and I are forever thankful for your representation. We highly recommend Bernstein and Hough, PC
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Response from Paula Bernstein Hough October 3, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy we were able to secure a positive outcome for your son!
Posted by Nathanaelle | March 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer!
Best Lawyer I’ve ever had. From the start she guided me correctly. I got clocked at a 98/70 I left the court with the lowest traffic violation. She did very well in court and she also cared about me as a person. After I got My ticket lowered she was more excited then I was. (Which shows to me that she really cares about her job and how well she does.) I’ve never gone to court before however, Not once was I lost throughout this whole process because of how she held my hand
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Response from Paula Bernstein Hough March 24, 2022
Thank you for everything you did to help your case. I am so happy I was able to help you!
Posted by JoAnn | October 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
If you are seeking stellar, first class legal representation, get in touch with Bernstein Hough. Paula Bernstein Hough's legal expertise is second to none!! I highly recommend her without hesitation.
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough October 28, 2021
Thank you for these kind words. I am so glad we were able to get you such a good result!
Posted by Joe | October 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Representation
Bernstein Hough did a great job representing my family member on a reckless driving charge. I can't thank them enough for all they did. They obtained the best result with the least amount of hassle.
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough October 28, 2021
Thank you for the review. I'm so happy to have helped!
Posted by Trey | September 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Hough helped me avoid a misdemeanor conviction which would have jeopardized my CDL
I hired Ms. Hough to represent me on a reckless driving case. Not only was she understanding and reasonably priced; she also got me the best possible outcome. Would definitely recommend
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough September 21, 2021
Thank you so much for those kind words. I'm so glad we were able to help you!
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great job
We had hoped to have charges reduced. Paula got them dropped altogether. This probably saved my daughter’s license.
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough July 28, 2021
So happy that we got the dismissal!
Posted by Alexander | June 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney. I highly recommend her
Very professional and efficient, Highly recommend her to anyone who needs legal help in Virginia.
Response from Paula Bernstein Hough July 28, 2021
Thank you so much! We appreciate you putting your trust in us.
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Cost

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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • BernsteinHough, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • President
  • Brisendine, Overand, Buster & Bernstein
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Volunteer
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • The Gordon Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Senior Assistant Public Defender
  • Fairfax County Public Defender's Office
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Information Specialist
  • Death Penalty Informaiton Center
  • 1998 - 2003
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Education

  • Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts degree
  • 1995

Associations

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Vice Presidnet
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Law and Public Policy Fellowship
  • Columbus School of Law
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Twenty-Eighth Annual Bench-Bar Conference
  • Do I have to be Civil?: Handling forfeiture, expungement, restoration of rights, and other civil matters that arise in criminal cases.
  • 2019
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • Planning Committee-Bench Bar Conference
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly see Paula in court trying cases. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law and zealous in her defense of her clients. She is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the area, so I highly recommend Paula to anyone seeking an attorney."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paula is an excellent attorney and I recommend her without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Paula Bernstein for my entire legal career. She was first my supervisor when I was an intern, then later we worked together as public defenders. She has always been able to help me with difficult legal issues, negotiating strategies, and trial methods. I highly recommend Paula Bernstein to anyone looking for strong representation from an experienced lawyer."
Criminal defense