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I know that you have a lot of options in choosing a criminal defense attorney. I was a prosecutor for eight years and now have been practicing criminal defense for twelve years. That is twenty years of solid criminal law experience that has covered every type of case from capital murder to misdemeanors and traffic cases. My jury trial experience, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, has given me the background to provide you with the best defense possible.

I spend a lot of time on my cases. I have learned over the years that, no matter how many times I may have handled a particular type of case, each case requires time to evaluate, assess, and prepare for trial. That is the essence of effective representation. I return calls promptly, no matter how busy I am. So, please do not be surprised if I return your call at night or on a weekend. I think it is so important for attorneys to keep their clients informed and return all calls within 24 hours. That is my commitment to you.

I enjoy the practice of criminal law. In addition to my trial experience, I have lectured and published articles on various criminal law topics. I keep up with the law and provide commentary on the latest legal issues. Primarily focusing on criminal law is the only way that a defense attorney can effectively represent clients in today’s complex legal environment.

You need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. I hope I can be that attorney in your case. Please feel free to call me at the office at 757-687-8169 or on my cell phone at 757-589-1908 to discuss your case.

Afshin Farashahi


Languages spoken: Farsi

Contact info

Afshin Farashahi, P.C.

1 Columbus Ctr Ste 604
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462-7836

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    23 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    23 years
  3. Guardianship: 10%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Matthew Baker

    I've known Afshin for many years. I met Afshin while I was a prosecutor. Despite being on the opposite side of a case, Afshin was always the most polite and professional opposing counsel I had ever met. His good reputation in the community, as well as his knowledge of criminal law is beyond comparison. I endorse this attorney without reservation.


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  • Kevin Edward Martingayle

    Afshin and I met in law school at UVA many years ago, and it has been a pleasure watching him throughout his highly successful career. He is a consistently well-prepared, caring and talented lawyer. He sets a great example.


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VAAuthorized to practice law199203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite in Criminal LawVirginia Business Magazine2014
Legal Elite in Criminal LawVirginia Business Magazine2013
A.V. RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Commonwealth's AttorneyOffice of the Commonwealth's Attorney1998 - 2001
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyVirginia Beach Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Council of the Virginia State BarMember2015 - Present
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of the Virginia State BarMember2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Litigation SectionMember2012 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline of the Virginia State BarMember, Vice Chair2003 - 2009
Second District Disciplinary Committee ofMember, Chair2000 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. S. WynnNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)
Commonwealth v. Juvenile Being Tried as AdultNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)
Commonwealth v. JuvenileNot guilty. (Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)The Repeal of the Cohabitation Statute and Child Custody Cases2014
Virginia LawyerAvoiding Perjury (Or at Least Pretending to): Ethical Considerations2012
Virginia Bar Association News JournalThe U.S. Supreme Court and the Fourth Amendment2010
Virginia LawyerThe Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Civil Cases2009
Virginia LawyerAnother Broadside on Miranda: The 2003-2004 U.S. Supreme Court Term and the Fifth2004
The Prosecutor and Criminal Justice JournalDouble Jeopardy in Successive Prosecutions1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
James Madison UniversityPolitical Science/Economics/HistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Representing Juveniles in Criminal CasesJuvenile Criminal Law2014
Identifying, Investigating and Prosecuting Hate CrimesProsecution of Cross Burning Case That Ended Up Before the U.S. Supreme Court2011
The Essentials of Search and Seizure and ConfessionsFourth and Fifth Amendments2006
Practice in the Circuit CourtsVirginia Circuit Courts2005
Trial Advocacy I for ProsecutorsTrial Advocacy2000