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Debra Desmore Corcoran

Sex crime Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   8 reviews

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About Debra

Learn Debra’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    Carnal knowledge | Child enticement & solicitation | Child pornography | Child molestation | Indecent liberties | Online solicitation | Rape | Statutory rape | Sex offender registration | Failure to register | Internet sex crimes | Call today.

    33 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Attorney Corcoran is a premier criminal defense lawyer that has aggressively and tirelessly helped her clients in Virginia since 1990. If you have been accused of a crime, you need to focus and call her today for a free consultation.

    33 years

  3. Violent crime
    Armed Robbery | Assault & Battery | Aggravated Assault | Attempted Murder | Car jacking | Kidnapping | Murder | Manslaughter | Contact Attorney Corcoran today for a free consultation.

    33 years

  4. Federal crime
    If you have been charged with a federal crime, you need a professional and experienced defense attorney. Call Attorney Corcoran today for a free consultation.

    33 years

  5. Child abuse
    The lives of children are always considered innocent and precious. If you have been accused of child enticement, solicitation, or molestation, it is paramount you retain a criminal defense lawyer for your intense court battle ahead. Call now.

    33 years

  6. Domestic violence
    If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need a professional and knowledgeable attorney by your side. Call Attorney Corcoran today for a free consultation.

    33 years

Ms. Corcoran is one of the few attorneys in the United States who holds both an advanced law degree (an LLM) in Litigation in addition to being certified by the State of Virginia to be Lead Counsel in Capital Murder cases.  She has handled cases ranging from mass tort litigation (representing well over a 100+ at a time) to difficult and technical sexual crimes (i.e., child pornography).  Ms. Corcoran exclusively handles clients criminally charged with serious crimes.  She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Academy of Forensic Science, representing clients in both Federal and State Courts.  She is also is willing to assist lawyers in other states and jurisdictions.

Licensed for 32 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Debra

The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran
11321 Church Road
Richmond, VA, 23233-1813


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Courtney | August 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She puts you at ease.
Unfortunately I had 2 incidents within a 6 month period that I needed a lawyer for but fortunately I had Ms. Corcoran! For the first incident, a felony hit and run she reduced it to a misdemeanor and I was able to keep my license in addition to just being such a calming energy in the midst of what felt like the worst storm ever. Recently, I received a misdemeanor marijuana charge and of course I called her and not only did she give me a break financially she took care of the case quickly and efficiently with the best possible outcome in my favor.
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Response from Debra Corcoran August 28, 2019
I had a great client. Thank you! Debra Corcoran
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After my experience with a less-effective lawyer, I was advised to contact Debra Corcoran. After our free consultation I knew I had to have her represent me. In the consultation she took her time, asked questions I never would have thought of, provided insight and recommendations and gave her undivided attention. She is the gold standard when it comes to professionalism, knowledge, experience, and wisdom which only comes from being successful in a field you specialize in. For Debra, that field is law. She always made herself available, was personal and spoke with respect and deep knowledge. She calmed me when I would get nervous about any uncertainty. She has resources that not all lawyers have, and this is due to what I believe is her ability to work others who realize the worth in working with her. Through out my case she was there for me. In court she spoke with authority and confidence. She always comes prepared and is ready to refute any allegation with truth backed up by statutes. She led me to victory and I could not be thankful enough. Her rates are priced accordingly and were never unjustifiable. She has shown me what an excellent lawyer is. I will always remember what she told me when I asked how she is so good at what she does, and her reply was simple and truthful; She strives to be the lawyer she would want to hire. Debra has high standards and there is nothing more you could ask for or expect. I HIGHLY recommend her in a heartbeat. I will always refer her and call her when needed. As if I haven’t told you enough, my family and I THANK YOU for all you do.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney
Ms. Debra Desmore Corcoran esq. was able to take time out of her very busy schedule to consult with me on a matter that I was continuously hitting dead ends on for numerous days & it was exhausting and disappointing. Suddenly, almost like an Angel was kind enough to visit me, I was told information that I was seeking & given a proper direction in which to head towards. If it wasn't for Ms. Corcoran niceness, I might still be getting no-where in my search & quest for a topic that doesn't yet have much information written in regards to it. I can not thank her enough for going out of her way when she didn't have to, & I wish now that she was available for me to hire to help me take on the issue at hand because I sure could use her expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
consult on statutory rape
Debra was very helpful and responded to my question in a timely manner. I was very pleased with th knowledge she possessed.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Honest, Dedicated, and Cares about Serving Others
Debra by her pedigree is extremely well educated not only in the law but the practice of defense. From the beginning she was a very good listener, direct about possible outcomes, challenges we may face, and opportunities to prove my innocence. As a professional she does not tell you what you want to hear just for you to hire her. She clearly shows her experience and concern for her clients from the moment you meet her. You will not be just another client or a fee for the firm and their expensive office space. I was faced with some very serious charges, that if proven, would have destroyed my business practice, my reputation in the community, and the lives of my family. It was a misunderstanding based on some medical issues I had been dealing with for some time but simply could not come to grips with. As my attorney she helped me more than I can express or repay. Ms. Corcoran not only listened to the facts of the case but dived deep into me as a person. She recommended some excellent health professionals, was compassionate, and worked closely with the prosecution to explain my case and circumstance. Ultimately the charges were dismissed due to closely working with her, her understanding and competence in presenting the evidence, and professional respect and relationships with the court and its officers. I would recommend her to ANYONE that needs legal help. You will not find a more committed, talented, and honest attorney anywhere. She cannot and will not guarantee an outcome but will do everything in her education, experience, and work ethic to get you a positive outcome. I am truly grateful for her dedication to the legal profession and truly caring about her clients issues as if they were her own.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2015
Leaves no stone unturned!
Debra Corcoran is a very intelligent lawyer. She knows the law better than the prosecution and looks for every possible way to handle your case. She took my case to trial and I was acquitted on two felony charges that were truly false. She is personable and I am very grateful to have had her as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2013
A really excellent lawyer
My husband was facing serious criminal charges (involving a false rape charge). Ms. Corcoran took over from our first lawyer (who was awful) and was very aggressive and really fought for my husband. She always kept us involved and kept in contact no matter what her demands were (she keeps in contact by texting, emails, phone calls and face-to-face contact). When we hear of other men facing similar trouble, we have actually called them and told them to call her. She also gives references. We can't thank her enough.
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Posted by Madison | May 24, 2012
She leaves no stone left unturned
Mrs. Corcoran listened intently to my case details. She made sure I found every witness involved in the case. She interviewed each withness. She and her staff made sure that everyone and everything was in place for court. I was very happy with the results!!!
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  • Free Consultation 40 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran
  • 1990 - Present


  • The George Washington School of Law
  • Masters Of Law - LLM
  • 2004
  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate - JD
  • 1989
  • Northwestern State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • See cases on Ms. Corcoran's web-site
  • Go to Ms. Corcoran's web-site


  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1991 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Child abuse Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Corcoran gives a careful and considered response to each issue she addresses and her concern for clients and their well-being is obvious."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very talented and hard working. Fights the battle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debra is a passionate and zealous advocate for her clients. She is principled and caring. A great lawyer to have on your side."
Sex crime Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you find yourself facing allegations of rape or sexual assault, you need to hire Debra Corcoran. She is the go-to lawyer in central Virginia for these offenses, with experience and training practically no other lawyer has. She has an excellent reputation and is widely respected, with numerous favorable outcomes. Furthermore, if you retain Debra Corcoran, you will not be just another client. The individualized attention she personally gives your cases is unparalleled."
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