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Brian Matthew Latuga

Criminal defense Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   128 reviews

also known as Brian Latuga

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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defending violent and non-violent misdemeanors, felonies and white collar crimes in state and federal courts. From DUI, larceny, and rape to murder, you or your loved one deserves the best defense.

  2. Litigation
    Civil Litigation in state and federal courts as it relates to Criminal Litigation including Forfeitures, Child Protective Services, Department of Human Services, and Protective Orders

  3. DUI and DWI
    Former Prosecutor (4 years) and Police Officer (8 years) assigned for years to DUI enforcement and prosecution. Thoroughly practiced and trained to defend your case at trial.

  4. Domestic violence
    Defending crimes involving family and partner violence, strangulation, sexual assaults, protective order hearings and protective order violations (Considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).

  5. Drug Crime
    Schedule I, II, III, and IV drugs are illegal to possess, sell, and manufacture without the appropriate documentation. Federal and State defense of drug, gun, racketeering, and gang crimes. (Considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area %)

  6. Expungement
    Experienced in expungements and pardons in the Commonwealth of Virginia (considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).

  7. Federal crime
    Federal practitioner for misdemeanor and felony criminal defense in the Eastern District of Virginia (considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).

  8. Gun Law
    Representation of individuals who have had their Second Amendment Privilege stripped because of felony conviction, mental health commitments, and protective orders. We fight for restoration! (Considered under "litigation")

  9. Juvenile law
    Representing juveniles charged with serious crimes that are in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court or certified to Circuit Court. (Considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).

  10. Sex crime
    Unmatched defense of adult or juvenile sexual abuse allegations including carnal knowledge, sodomy, object sexual penetration, and rape on strangers, acquaintance, or minors. (Considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area %)

  11. Tax fraud and tax evasion
    Defending individuals from State and Federal investigations and charges regarding tax fraud, evasion, failure to pay employment taxes, FICA and others. (Considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).

  12. Violent crime
    Defending complex felony charges including Rape, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder and others (considered in "Criminal Defense" Practice area for percentage purposes).

  13. White collar crime
    Defending crimes involving monies, financial papers, taxes, construction, thefts, frauds and others (considered in "Criminal Defense" practice area for percentage purposes).


Defense Attorney - Former VB Prosecutor - Former VBPD Officer/ DUI Team - Former Medic - Bachelors in Chemistry -  2A Advocate

Brian M. Latuga dedicates his practice to Criminal Defense & related Civil Litigation in State and Federal courts. He is a highly skilled trial attorney who has fought on the courtroom battleground every moment of his career. There is no question that Mr. Latuga zealously fights to maintain your liberty, protect your rights, and preserve your family unit when you are facing serious allegations by the government or an individual. Whether you or a loved one are charged with misdemeanors, felonies, white collar offenses, sex crimes, drug trafficking, or violent crimes, there is no charge or courtroom that is foreign to Mr. Latuga. It only takes a moment to see that He is well-respected in the Federal Courts, and General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Courts of the Commonwealth.

Mr. Latuga entered the trenches when he became a Police Officer in 2005 and served with the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Third Police Precinct, the Community Oriented Police Unit, and the Traffic Safety Unit. During his policing career He made hundreds of criminal arrests, conducted well over 400 DUI investigations, issued thousands of summonses, and investigated hundreds of gun, drug, sex, and violent crimes. Mr. Latuga has a thorough working knowledge of police training, certifications, procedures, and the intricacies of criminal law affecting their powers and limitations. His extensive policing experience is your advantage in the courtroom.

Mr. Latuga is also a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the City of Virginia Beach. While there, he tried thousands of traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases. In both judge and jury trials, He has litigated Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter, Larceny, Burglary, Robbery, Drug Possession and Distribution, Malicious and Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Rape, Robbery, DUI-Manslaughter, DUI-Maiming and Murder.

He welcomes the challenges of cases that are difficult and odious, such as offenses involving children, the medically complex, and those deemed societal pariahs like those involving drug trafficking, child pornography, and child abuse and neglect. Just because the Government believes it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

While Mr. Latuga has a passion for defending minors and adults in state courts, His Federal representation is a deep motivator, especially when trying the appropriate cases before a federal jury. He has experience with defending a litany of federal crimes, including conspiracies to distribute drugs, white collar crimes, wire and mail fraud, RICO and VICAR cases, firearms offenses, child pornography, and enticement and solicitation. We have a known record with federal cases for getting results that matter.

Mr. Latuga served as an EMT-Intermediate and a Medic with several rescue squads and medical transportation companies during the last two decades. This also gives Mr. Latuga a unique ability to converse and understand experts and medical evidence. He has tried and won several Shaken Baby/ Abusive Head Trauma cases, and is well studied in various areas of medical literature to cross-examine and combat experts in head trauma, rape, sexual assault, toxicology, and forensic medical evidence cases.

Mr. Latuga attended Regent University School of Law and graduated 2nd in his class with Summa Cum Laude honors. And while excelling in law school, he worked full-time as a VBPD Officer, working nights and going to court and school during the day. He is active in his church community, loves spending time with his wife and kids, enjoys long distance backpacking trips, is a certified PADI Divemaster and NSS-CDS Cave Diver, and participates in firearm competitions for pistol and rifle.

With a BS in Chemistry and being a former decades-long Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, Virginia Beach Police Officer and Virginia Beach Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Brian is equipped and determined to exceed expectations, and to use his wide-ranging knowledge to better serve his clients and their families. Practicing law is not just a passion for Mr. Latuga, it is his calling. He is always just a phone call away.


Bar Admissions:


U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia





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Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
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Wolcott Rivers Gates
200 Bendix Road
Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA, 23456


5.0 / 5.0
  128 customer reviews
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Posted by Gordy | July 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recently hired Mr. Latuga to represent me me for a case involving mandatory jail time. I walked away paying a $30 fine with no jail time and no further suspensions towards my license, I highly recommend Mr. Latina for all your court needs. He is honestly THE BEST AROUND.
Response from Brian Latuga October 23, 2020
Thank you for the review!
Posted by Kelly | November 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer- must hire!
Mr. Brian Latgua was recommended to our family at a desperate time in need. After calling nurse lines and taking my 7 week old son- at time to the doctors a number of times we knew something was not right. We soon found ourselves at CHKD and Dean was being pulled for MRI, full body xray and CT and bloodwork. Soon they tell us that he had subdural hematomas and that he was a victim of child abuse and we were wrongfully accused of shaken baby now called abusive head trauma. Brian was amazing and has a heart of gold. We felt cared for, very responsive by both phone and email. This man is a hero and took the time to research our case that clearly agreed this was a vacuum assist birth that caused injury to Dean. Thankfully after surgeries my son is doing much better. Brian called around and found the right expert to hire to testify in our case. The Judge has cleared us from all charges and found us innocent as we are. We felt his hard work really brought justice to our family. Thank you Brian for everything you have done for us!
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Response from Brian Latuga November 3, 2019
Thank you very much for trusting us with your case, and with your family. You are a wonderful family and it has been a pleasure to work so hard for you both. Everyone's efforts were well worth it and I am so delighted that your name is cleared and your baby is back in your arms. And I am excited to soon meet Dean!
Posted by Katrina | November 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Latuga made the expungement process simple and easy. My previous lawyer made the process very difficult. The only regret I have is not utilizing Mr. Latuga the first time around!
Posted by Brian | October 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Latuga is The Attorney You Want on Your Side!
Attorney Brian Latuga came through with shinning colors for me. He is very experienced, has the connections with the right people. He stays one step ahead of the case and the end result is proof he is an awesome attorney! He's a straight shooter and is a very likable gentleman.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Mr Latuga was very responsive and made sure that everything was done for the best outcome. Made everything very understandable and clear about the out come.
Posted by Mike | June 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Competent Legal Representation
Mr Latuga represented me in a traffic matter. Initial communications relieved a lot of anxiety I had in the situation and the whole thing ended in a satisfactory outcome.
Posted by Larry | May 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond my wildest dreams !!
Brian was able to get the best results possible when I thought there was no hope ,God gave me the gift of An exceptional Man of God and an Experienced exceptional Lawyer all in one ,Thanks he treated me like family ,thanks brother!❤️
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Got my case dismissed in less than a month
Brian Latuga is very professional and knowledgeable! I was facing serious charges, I hired him and in less than one month the case was dismissed. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best
Wolcott, Rivers, Gates came highly recommend as the firm to assist with a very difficult case. We were lucky enough to have one of the firm's attorneys recommend us to Brian Latuga. Brian's knowledge of the legal system, ability to recommend the way forward even when that way forward was incredibly daunting, recognition of when to bring in outside experts including additional legal partners and his litigation skills resulted in a very favorable outcome. Couple all of this with his honesty and compassion and you have a "best-in-class" attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend Brian for any legal need.
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Response from Brian Latuga December 6, 2022
Thank you for the review! There is nothing quite like a jury win! The clearly correct outcome!
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best possible outcome
Mr. Latuga was extremely helpful and kind throughout the entire process. I can honestly say that I could not have asked for a better lawyer. He was very responsive to emails and phone calls, even when they weren’t always “urgent” questions/concerns. Upon arrival to the courthouse, it was obvious that he is very well respected by his peers. Ultimately, I got the best possible outcome from my case and it is 100% due to Mr. Latuga. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me. If I knew of anyone in need of a lawyer, I would recommend every single time.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Very Professional and I would highly recommend Brian and his firm in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, thorough and won!
Highly recommend Brian Latuga! Charge dismissed in a very short time. He was efficient, knowledgeable and walked me through the process to make it easy.
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Surpassed Expectations
I hired Mr. Latuga after being locked up for a criminal offense. I was expecting to do some time but with Mr. Latuga's expertise I was able to avoid any time at all. I beleive Mr. Latuga's background gives him the knowledge that he needs to assist with criminal defense. I am forever indebted to Mr. Latuga and I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for an attorney. Thank you Mr. Latuga.
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Posted by Brian | July 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer- A++
I got rear ended on the interstate and ended up being injured, rendering my right shoulder close to useless prior to medical care. After careful consideration of my options I hired Brian to represent me. Him and his paralegal Sharon were nothing less than outstanding, professional, thorough, and kind. If I ever need legal assistance again I will not hesitate to contact Mr. Latuga… thanks Brian and Sharon!!!
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Posted by Matthew | July 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Mr. Latuga was very professional and easy to get in touch with. He was well prepared at the court hearing and it showed in the outcome of my case. I could not be happier! I will not hesitate to use Mr. Latuga future.
Posted by Sean | July 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Brian is an excellent lawyer that pays attention to detail. He is very knowledgeable and knows his way around the courtroom. He remembered key details from our first conversation and kept notes on everything. I was happy with his professionalism and his assertiveness both in and outside the courtroom. Anyone would be very satisfy with Brian as your lawyer.
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Response from Brian Latuga July 11, 2022
Thank you for trusting us with your matter.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Brian did an great job representing my son. We never expected to need a lawyer but are happy we chose him to help us. He was very knowledgeable about the law and was able to answer questions quickly and let us know what to expect. He fought for us and we were happy with the outcome.
Response from Brian Latuga May 27, 2022
Thank you for trusting us with your son’s future.
Posted by Kenneth | May 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counselor - Highly Recommended
Polite, professional, and patient. Took the time to answer questions, explain the process associated with my case, and outline different potential courses of action. Did not feel rushed in any way. Mr. Latuga was also very accessible, and when I was unable to speak to him personally, he returned my call quickly. Interceded as my advocate and ensured opposition directed questions to him. Will definitely retain him again should I need his counsel in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Concluded domestic violence case with simplicity. Very responsive to emails and or phone calls with copious experience. I would absolutely recommend.
Posted by Robert | January 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best !!!
Mr. Latuga and his legal assistant Heather are the best. I was kept informed and did not have to go to court everything was taken care of. Thanks again great job it is greatly appreciated. Definately recommended.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Virginia Beach Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Agent
  • Hamilton's Realty
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Special Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Virginia Beach Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Police Officer
  • Virginia Beach Police Department
  • 2007 - 2013
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  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor; Summa Cum Laude
  • 2013
  • James Madison University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • United States v. B. Andrews
  • Enticement, Production and Possession of Child Pornography. 81 years BELOW guidelines.
  • Morgan v. Commonwealth (Trial through Va. Supreme Court Appeal)
  • Reversed and Dismissed; by Appeal to the Court of Appeals then to the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Commonwealth v. B.M.
  • Dismissed; Child Pornography; Unlawful Search Warrant
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  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite - Criminal Law
  • Virginia Business
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia - CoVaBIZ
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia - CoVaBIZ
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Readers’ Choice Award
  • Pilot
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia - CoVaBIZ
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2017
  • 2010 Honoree for 82 DUI Arrests
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Social Media, Electronic Communications & Info Storage
  • DUI Panel Discussion
  • 2015
  • Regent University Police In-Service Training
  • The Successful DUI- First Observation to Prosecution
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (14)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Latuga is diligent, prepared, and persuasive. Truly an outstanding advocate and a worthy adversary"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian Latuga for years. He is reliable and always prepared. He knows his cases in and out. He is an experienced and skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a family law attorney, I often turn to Mr. Latuga when I need assistance in the criminal arena. Mr. Latuga is a valuable resource for criminal law and he has ample experience in that area. I highly recommend Mr. Latuga and should I have family or friends in need of criminal assistance, I would refer them to Mr. Latuga in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is professional and thorough and well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is an expert in the field of criminal defense. He provides all of his clients with honest, thorough, and dedicated representation. Simply put, you can trust Brian with your case. I highly endorse Brian and am proud to work in a firm with an attorney of his caliber."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian has a wealth of experience in criminal law from his time in law enforcement and working for the Commonwealth Attorney's office. That gives him the background he needs to anticipate what the other side will present in court and be ready for the strongest defense for his client. I am proud to have him as a member of the firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Prepared, thorough, zealous. Brian is a superior defense lawyer. He has an uncommon set of skills with his background in both law enforcement and prosecution and he successfully employs these skills for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian takes great pride in his work and is a fighter for justice. He has an excellent demeanor for the court room. He has a good reputation with lawyers, judges, and police officers. He was a pleasure to work with when he was a prosecutor, but now we welcome him to our team as a defender of the accused!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working against Brian, while he was a prosecutor, for several years. I say pleasure because, although he was opposing counsel, I love to go against a well-prepared, thorough, and smart attorney. Going against attorneys like Brian made me a better attorney too. I highly endorse Brian Latuga."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is as hard working and honest a lawyer as you will ever want to meet. His has prior experience with all aspects of law enforcement, which gives him a more detailed background than most other lawyers. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is one of the finest and most experienced criminal attorneys I know. He is extremely focused in all matters which he handles, and his clients are very pleased with his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is an experienced and highly competent criminal defense lawyer. As a former prosecutor, he knows how to analyze cases to achieve the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Criminal Defense. As a former prosecutor he understands the other side of the equation. I am proud to now call him a colleague and recommend him to anyone in need of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian is a dedicated and masterful attorney with a unique set of credentials after serving the public as both a police officer and an attorney for the Commonwealth. Drawing from his experience, Brian has quickly become a go-to criminal defense practitioner, who can dutifully and effectively represent his clients--especially when they need him the most. I am proud to work with Brian at Wolcott Rivers Gates."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is an excellent attorney. His experiences as a former prosecutor and as ex-law enforcement provide him with an invaluable and unique perspective for handling DUIs and criminal cases. I strongly endorse Brian."
Violent crime Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Brian Latuga. He is smart, honest and diligent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Mr. Latuga since he was a police officer. I worked with him directly during our time as prosecutors. He is one of the brightest attorneys I've ever met and also one of the hardest workers. I fully endorse Mr. Latuga for any of your litigation needs."
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Virginia Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Brian Matthew Latuga
Brian Matthew Latuga
Criminal defense Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 10 years
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