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Bob Battle

DUI and DWI Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.5   30 reviews

also known as Robert Emmett Battle

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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 39 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Bob

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    If you are charged with a DUI in Virginia, you have some big, potentially life-changing decisions to make in a hurry. Former prosecutor and premier DUI defense lawyer Bob Battle can help. Call now for a case evaluation.

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    The incredibly harsh penalties and collateral consequences that a conviction of reckless driving speeding carries in Virginia can be devastating. Call Attorney Battle today for a consultation.

  3. Criminal defense
    Attorney Battle handles all felony and misdemeanor charges in state and federal courts. He knows the nuances of the Virginian court system and can help you with any crime you're charged with. Stop worrying, call now.


Bob Battle is a nationally recognized DUI & Reckless Driving Speeding attorney and professionalspeaker. He is frequently invited to speak to attorney and businessgroups on a variety of legal and non-legal issues.


He focuses his practice on DUI & Reckless Driving Speeding defense in Virginia. These criminal traffic offenses are also the most frequently charged criminal traffic offenses in Virginia. Bob is the author of several books including


How to Choose a DUI Lawyer in Virginia


The Shocking Truth about Reckless Driving Speeding in Virginia


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2013 2012 2011

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Bob Battle Law
1506 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 121
Richmond, VA, 23230
Bob Battle
10221 Krause Road, #1803
Chesterfield, VA, 23832
Bob Battle
P.O. Box 207
Hanover, VA, 23069
Bob Battle
P.O. Box 192
Powhatan, VA, 23139
Bob Battle
P.O. Box 892
Hopewell, VA, 23860
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4.5 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Powhatan DUI with .13 BAC reduced
I was charged with DUI in Powhatan, Virginia and my breath result registered a .13 which was well above the legal limit of .08. I hired Bob Battle and he went to work reviewing the maintenance records for the breath machine. He was able to use a potential issue he found with the machine along with good results on my Field Sobriety Tests to negotiate a reduction in my charge to Reckless Driving.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2016
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DUI Reduced To Reckless
Bob does his homework. He has served as both a defense attorney and prosecuting attorney. He is technology savvy and always over prepared. If I could have paid him more knowing the results he garnered for me I would have. No price could match his performance in a courtroom. Its almost as if other officials are intimidated by his knowledge and experience. Hands down the best lawyer in traffic defense. I have personally seen him alleviate not only my charges but another friends as well.
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Posted by James T. White | October 1, 2020
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Thanks to Bob my DWI was reduced to Reckless Driving
I was arrested for DWI with a .16 BAC in Henrico, Va. Bob did a great job representing me and keeping me notified with progress. When the day in court finally arrived, Bob Battle negotiated with the prosecutor and arresting officer. He was able to have my DWI charge reduced to Reckless Driving. I can’t tell you how much that helped me in my personal life and my career. I’m very thankful I was referred to Bob Battle. I could have picked several cheaper lawyers but, I don’t think they would have fought for me like Bob Battle.
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Posted by Harold | August 23, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Robert Battle is a highly accomplished attorney. I hired Mr. Battle for a DUI case. He reviewed my case and recommended a course of action based on the facts. Because of his experience and legal skills, Mr. Battle was able to resolve the case to my satisfaction. I would re-hire Mr. Battle without hesitation.
Posted by Jen | August 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Customer Service
I hired Mr. Battle for a DUI case. New to Virginia I was unfamiliar with laws and processes. Mr. Battle met with me, reviewed my case and outlined the law and my rights in terms that I could understand. He was always available, via email, text or phone. Based on the law I should have received some sort of jail time, however due to Mr. Battle’s experience, I did not receive any jail time and my blood alcohol level was thrown out of court. Could not have asked for a better outcome.
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Posted by Adam | December 21, 2019
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Chesterfield County DUI 2019
In probably one of the worst jurisdictions in the COV, being Chesterfield County, I retained Bob Battle without a second’s thought as I’ve used him in the past and achieved outstanding results in the courtroom! Once again, he was able to achieve the best possible outcome for me that was highly favorable for me! Even though we didn’t get a grand slam this time around, I was very thankful to have you in my corner! He may not be the cheapest around but he is well worth his weight in gold in terms of knowledge, practice, defense, and tenacity! Thanks again Bob!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Henrico DUI and refusal charge - Bob is outstanding
I got in trouble in Henrico county. I wanted the best DUI lawyer on my side so reached out to Bob. Bob was very prompt in returning my initial call and then we setup a consultation. Bob was very upfront and laid out all the options which helped me level set my expectations. During the initial consultation, i knew that he was the one who i wanted on my side so i hired him. Bob did his homework and got me the best possible outcome given my circumstances. I have never seen any lawyer that goes above and beyond for his client. Bob genuinely love what he does and he is always there to answer your phone calls. After I was done with the court room, Bob waited for me outside to ensure that I was all good with the next steps. Most of the attorneys will leave you after they are done with the judge inside the court room. I will give Bob 5 starts any day.
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Posted by Rose | September 27, 2018
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Reckless driving
Very professional and reliable. Answered all my questions and got me a wonderful outcome on my reckless driving charges. I highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Bob is fantastic - needs to be your 1st call
I got in trouble driving in Virginia. Virginia is one of the toughest states on driving violations, quite possibly the toughest. I was in a very bad situation and Bob Battle got me the best possible outcome. Bob is a great person. Bob was always upfront, honest, and available to talk via cell phone or email when I had many questions. Sometime we would talk about football and basketball to help take my mind off things. Bob has been doing this for many years and thoroughly knows the Virginia system and Virginia judges. I am very happy I had Bob on my side. Bob Battle needs to be your first call for any driving violations in the state of Virginia.
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Posted by Lisa | December 7, 2015
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Excellent Attorney
I was arrested in Chesterfield County, Virginia and charged with DUI (first offense), Refusal and Assaulting a Police Officer. I hired Bob Battle immediately after researching attorneys. He was extremely professional from the first meeting through my hearing, was responsive to my calls, gave solid advice on what I should do to improve my case and didn't make extravagant promises. The outcome? Refusal: Dropped, Assault: Dropped, DUI: Reduced to Reckless Driving. Bob is not the least expensive attorney you can hire to represent you, but I truly believe that you get what you pay for when hiring an attorney, and am so grateful that I made the decision to hire Bob. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Adam | June 10, 2014
DUI 2nd in 5-10 yrs and refusal of blood test
I hired Bob Battle after being involved in an accident and being arrested for DUI 2nd in 5-10 years and refusal to submit to a blood test. He was well prepared from the first time I met him for a consultation. When we went to court he was in absolute control with a great plan to defend me so much so I felt the commonwealth attorney was on trial and not me. He was able to get the refusal dismissed immediately and then continued to fight to have the DUI dismissed as well. He had the commonwealth on its heels so much so the judge asked the Commonwealth if they wanted to plea down to a reckless, when I asked Mr. Battle what we should do he said don't take the plea, and the DUI was also dismissed. He truly is a fantastic lawyer, and worth every penny and then some. I could not recommend Bob enough for whatever traffic issues you may have. He saved my career and put one of the worst times in my life behind me. The moment that sticks out the most in my mind is when Bob told the judge "I agree that the commonwealth has done a great job of proving that my client was driving recklessly, but the charge is DUI not reckless driving" I almost cheered. The Judge was extremely upset as she knew she had to dismiss both charges, but Bob Battle is a BEAST in the courtroom, and she had no choice. Hire Mr. Battle you will not regret it!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2013
Bob Battle is an excellent lawyer!
Mr. Battle represented my husband in Prince Wiliam county, he was facing multiple charges including DUI, Failure to take a breathalyzer, speeding etc. Mr. Battle was able to get the failure to take a breathalyzer thrown out (which carried a mandatory 12 month suspended license) as well as the speeding and the additional charges were reduced. I appreciate everything he did for us, this could have been so much worse!
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2013
Alexandria Virginia DUI- Not Guilty at trial
In 2012, I was charged with a DUI in the City of Alexandria. Although Bob Battle grew up in Alexandria and practiced in Northern Virginia for the first 15 years of his 28 year career, he now lives in Richmond VA, 100 miles south of Alexandria. He does not do in-person consultations anywhere other than his office in Richmond. Prior to meeting with Bob, I met with an Arlington lawyer who has a very large Internet presence, and did not feel that he had the least bit of concern for me as a person as opposed to being just another fee for his law firm. I decided to drive to Richmond and meet with Bob Battle. I got a completely different impression from Bob Battle, who truly listened to me, explained the entire process to me and gave me a great sense of trust that he was my best option to defend me on this charge. Some facts about my case- After having a few drinks while watching a basketball game at a nearby restaurant’s bar, I turned downed the bartender’s requests to “follow him to a party” and, next, to let him drive me home. After rejecting this loser and leaving the bar, he called the cops to report me as a suspected drunk driver! While looking for a parking spot in front of my residence, the officer testified that I failed to signal on multiple occasions, was driving well below the speed limit and passed several open parking spots. The officer stated that when he pulled me over and I opened up my window, that he was "engulfed in a strong odor of alcoholic beverage." He stated that my speech was slurred, stance unsteady, and that I was unable to complete the field sobriety tests according to the instructions he gave me. To my dismay, my BAC at the station was a .08, right at the legal limit. The State of Virginia goes to great lengths to hide the fact that even the manufacturer of the breath machine they currently use admits that it has a margin of error. Bob Battle was able to demonstrate that the Breath Operator’s Manuals for other states and federal jurisdictions that use the exact same machine stipulate to this margin of error. Nowhere does Virginia include this information. At trial, the prosecutor was unwilling to consider anything less than a conviction as charged for a DUI. At trial, Bob Battle was also able to demonstrate to the judge that the Department of Forensic Science records showed that the machine was reading slightly higher than normal. The difference in knowledge of how the breath machine operates between Mr. Battle and the prosecutor was dramatic. It was obvious that the discussion and issues that Bob was raising to the judge were way above the prosecutor's head. The judge agreed that the prosecution had not proven a .08 beyond a reasonable doubt while I was driving. The judge ruled that the other evidence was not sufficient to prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and dismissed my case. I cannot recommend Bob Battle highly enough, he saved my job.
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Posted by Terry | May 21, 2013
Best DUI Lawyer in VA
Bob represented me on a DUI charge in 2012. I was working with another lawyer and was not satisfied . I met with Bob and was very happy I made the change. He is .not cheap but he is good. He explored everything possible.He knows the law and is respected in the courts. Bob and my counselor met with court and arresting Officer. They were able to negotiate down to reckless driving and restricted down to 6 months. I was very happy with outcome. Bob will tell you like it is from the beginning and he will keep you informed. He will work for you and your rights under the law.
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Posted by Andrew | May 21, 2013
DWI Dismissed
I have used Bob Battle two times over the past 4 years and he "battled" to have the case dismissed in one instance, and the other reduced to Reckless Driving from a DUI- He is very seasoned in his profession and knows how the laws work- I would recommend Bob Battle to anyone who is facing DUI/DWI charges, as the penalties can not only be stiff, but expensive. Best money I ever spent being able to put away the legal issues after Bob Battle made them surrender!
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Posted by Adam I. | May 21, 2013
Richmond DUI Charge Dismissed!
Excellent representation with outstanding results. Battle saved my career and flawlessly performed in the courtroom. I would definitely recommend Bob to anybody.
Posted by Terry | May 20, 2013
Thanks Bob for your help...
Bob is an outstanding negotiator. He performed in an excellent way in every area that he said he would and that I expected. He is impressive in working with prosecutors and in court. He has a friendly and straightforward professional approach and without a doubt represents his clients in the best possible manner. It is my goal to never require his services again, but, if for some reason I did, or if someone asked me for a recommendation, I would call or refer them to Bob instantly! I was extremely glad to have Bob Battle on my side. He helped me so much.
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Posted by Rose | June 21, 2012
As a Maryland driver, I was an absolute wreck over the fact that I had been charged with a "reckless speeding ticket" and that the officer mislead me into thinking that the consequences were not as severe by merely paying the ticket as a pre-payment. A local law firm recommended Bob Battle and despite the 20 advertisement letters I received from lawyers I decided to go with the recommendation for Battle. Take my advice and consider this a referral from a dedicated teacher, wife, and mother who made one careless mistake: Bob Battle delivers what he promises. Professional and trustworthy! My results were beyond my expectations: no conviction and no points. Exactly what I hoped for...Exactly what was delivered!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2011
Excellent attorney
I live out-of-state and Bob was very helpful in handling a speeding ticket I received while traveling through Richmond. Bob told me exactly what I needed to do as far as obtaining a copy of my driving record and presented my case in court without me having to attend. He was very professional and I was thrilled with the result. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2011
Mr. Battle was calm, cool, & collective during my case
A year ago I had thought I was going to lose everything due to a reckless driving charge. I had totaled my SL500 after veering off a windy road due to speeding. I was facing the possibility of losing both my top secret clearance and my job. I was nervous and overly anxious right before my court case was about to start. Mr. Battle was so calm and collected, he showed no signs of worry. He reviewed my case information and asked me more questions before he talked to the prosecutors before the hearing started. To my surprise he came back to the courtroom after 20 minutes and informed me that he had negotiated the charges to be downgraded to 'improper driving'. A big sigh of relief came right after. Ever since that incident I had vowed never to repeat that mistake ever again but I'm ever so thankful that Mr. Battle was there to represent me as my lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner at BobBattleLaw
  • 1995 - Present
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
  • Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court Judge James C. Cacheris, Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1984 - 1985


  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion- Summer Session
  • 2014
  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Chris McAlister
  • DUI and Refusal charges dismissed


  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Life Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best DUI Lawyers in Virginia Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 24 Best Richmond DUI & DWI Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • AV Rated Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc. Criminal Law Seminar
  • Acting Skills for Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Tactics and Strategy for Defending Non-DUI Cases in Virginia
  • Unique Defenses to Radar, Lidar and VASCAR in Reckless Speeding Cases
  • N/A
  • Strategies for Handling DWI & DUI Cases in Virginia
  • Attacking the So-Called Field Sobriety Tests
  • N/A
  • Defending Traffic and Misdemeanor Offenses in Federal Court
  • Defending DUI and Speeding charges in Federal Court
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (38)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob Battle is a BEAST! I have known him for years. If I had a DUI charge against me, he is without doubt the man I'd call. I'd also know relatives or friends in need of criminal defense would be in the absolute best hands. He knows the law, he has practiced throughout the state and has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Ask him about his Bob-L-Head!! Hands down, Bob is the MAN!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Other
"If one of my clients is charged with a DUI in Virginia, I always direct them to Bob Battle. There is no stronger advocate for your case!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you are facing a sensitive (and often complex) DUI or DWI matter, you want the best help possible. Bob is a trusted advisor and an authority in the areas of DUI, DWI and criminal defense. I endorse him for his work ethic, depth of knowledge, and history of great service to his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is a true expert and a mentor in his community. There are a multitude of satisfied clients who can back me up on this recommendation!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected and overall a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Robert Battle who has a wealth of information on complex legal matters. I would recommend that you review his website for more information. He has countless happy clients. This is evident by the amount of referrals he receives from satisfied clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Bob Battle as an attorney. I've known him for over a period of approximately 5 years. I recommend anybody is charged with a crime seek his representation. I know Bob is that of highly by a number of attorneys that I know personally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob is a go to guy in this area of the law. He is smart, fair and honest"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Need a Virginia lawyer to aggressively represent you in an DUI or reckless driving or other serious charge? Call Bob Battle. Period."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is one of the great DUI/DWI attorneys. He is honest, hardworking, knowledgeable and will do an outstanding job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob Battle is a nameplate in Virginia. He is trusted by the Judges in Virginia and for good reason. He brings utmost integrity to the practice of law and is one of the most effective attorneys I know."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Other
"Bob Battle is highly sought after and for good reason! He knows how to handle DUI and reckless speeding cases successfully! He is also funny which is always a good thing because having problems with your driving record is never fun and at the end of the day once your problems are solved, you also want someone to put a smile on your face (get the Bob-L-Head!)"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first met Bob Battle several years ago when he invited me to join himself and a group of lawyers who practice DUI defense. At the time I was occupied in some other project and wasn't able to give the proper attention to what Bob was working on. Thankfully, I got another opportunity to work with Bob. He is bright, dedicated and one of the best DUI defense attorneys around and is tops in Virginia, especially Richmond. Bob has a nationally known reputation for delivering results to clients in tough situations. Bob is active with the National College for DUI Defense. On the lighter side of things, Bob has great dry sense of humor that will keep you on your toes and make you laugh. Every time I talk to Bob I learn something that I can use in my practice to better serve my clients. Without any reservation whatsoever, it is my pleasure and privilege to endorse attorney Bob Battle as Virginia's go-to guy for DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob Battle wrote THE book on DUI Defense in Virginia. And if you're facing a drunk driving or reckless driving charge, check out Bob's very informative website. I wholeheartedly endorse Bob Battle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Early in my practice I had cases with Bob when he was a prosecutor in Fairfax County. He was honest, diligent, and delightful to work with in many of my J&D Court matters. Bob is now a defense attorney and is still hard at work protecting the interest of his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"Bob has a great understanding of legal marketing, and I have learned so much from his work. Bob is not only a great marketer, but a true leader in his industry."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an excellent attorney who knows DUI law like the back of his hand. If I ever get in trouble, he's the first I'll call."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob Battle is the go to lawyer on DUI in Virginia. Bob wrote the book on DUI defense and he will go to Battle for you without hesitation. If you have the misfortune of a DUI, or speeding ticket, Bob Battle is the place to go for the best lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I ever had the unfortunate experience of being pulled over for DUI in Virginia -- I would immediately call Bob Battle."
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