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Benjamin H. Hamlet devotes his practice exclusively to criminal defense in the state of Virginia, with a strong emphasis on the trial phase of legal advocacy. Benjamin H. Hamlet has extensive trial experience.  He has handled over 4,000 criminal cases.  During his career as a private criminal defense lawyer, he has successfully represented clients in a wide range of state and federal criminal cases in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk as well as other jurisdictions in Virginia.  His extensive trial experience, coupled with a personal commitment to his clients, combine to offer his clients competent representation in a supportive, hands-on environment.   Ben looks forward to every new case as a fresh challenge to succeed for his clients.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years



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Attorney endorsements

16 total 

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  • Adam Michael Carroll

    Ben is an aggressive trial lawyer. I trust him to handle cases for my clients that I have a conflict representing. He is well respected by the courts, known in the area he practices and is a good choice for excellent representation.


    Adam Carroll Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Matthew Baker

    I met Ben during my time as a prosecutor. I've always known him to be professional, knowledgeable, and a fighter in the courtroom. He is not afraid to try cases. And, I've seen him get great results. I endorse this attorney without reservation.


    Christopher Baker Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Hamlet Law Firm

1200 Sparrow Road
Chesapeake, VA, 23325


VAAuthorized to practice law200203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyerCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
Client's Choice Award - DUIAVVO2014
Client's Choice Award - Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Wilkins-Howard Scholar Athlete of the Year AwardOld Dominion University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBenjamin H. Hamlet, PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerKozak & Hamlet, P.C.2007 - 2009
AssociateMarcus, Santoro & Kozak, P.C.2002 - 2006
Intern with 3rd Year Practice CertificateOffice Of The Commonwealth's Attorney - Chesterfield County2001 - 2002
Summer Intern with 3rd Year Practice CertificateOffice Of The Commonwealth's Attorney - Norfolk, Virginia2001 - 2001
Summer InternOffice Of The Commonwealth's Attorney - Norfolk, Virginia2000 - 2000
Victim Witness InternOffice Of The Commonwealth's Attorney - Norfolk, Virginia1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2002 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Attempted MurderAttempted Murder reduced to Felony Child Abuse
Robbery, firearm, and mask charges dismissedAll charges dismissed
Drug Distribution Charges DismissedJury found my client NOT GUILTY
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Old Dominion UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Student-Athlete Mentoring ConferenceUnderstanding Your 4th Amendment Rights2015
Student-Athlete Mentoring SessionBeyond the Playing Field2008