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Bassel Khalaf

Criminal defense Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Bassel

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    12 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    12 years, 100 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

    12 years, 100 cases

Bassel co-founded Westendorf & Khalaf with the primary goal of providing honest, effective, and aggressive representation for people charged with criminal and traffic offenses.  He has successfully argued numerous cases and motions in General District Court, Circuit Court, and the Virginia Court of Appeals.  Bassel has aggressively fought complex jury trials on charges carrying up to life imprisonment as well as numerous trials for DUI and misdemeanor offenses.  Prior to working as a trial attorney in the Tidewater area, Bassel served as a magistrate conducting bond hearings as well as probable cause hearings for the issuance of search warrants and arrest warrants.  He knows what you are up against and he understands the importance of receiving thorough and aggressive representation from day one.

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Bassel Khalaf
1 Columbus Center
Ste. 600
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462

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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
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Honest, responsive, actually cares
Basel handled a criminal matter as public defender. He was completely honest, treated me with responsiveness and genuine respect, not always the case with PDs office. Although unable to wrench a perfect outcome from this court with what he had to work with, he made diligent efforts, and was always honest and communicative, and I nonetheless trust his knowledge, skills and compassion, dedication, and humanity. He will always be my only choice as attorney, should I ever need one. Too many lawyers made me feel an inch tall when talking to them; Basel seems not to have that in him; this is priceless when one is accused, frightened, unsure. His humanity serves him well and his clients reap it's benefits. Add this to his skills, diligence and knowledge; he is the best attorney I've spoken with.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2018
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DUI and Hit and runs
After making some very stupid decisions while under the influence, I managed to get my first DUI along with 3 other misdemeanor charges. Bassel took the mess I had made for myself and made it possible for me to maintain my normal day to day life. Always being just a call or text away, I genuinely appreciated how reassuring he was throughout the entire process. Even though I am hoping to not need Bassel's help again too soon... I definitely recommend him and his team for anyone seeking legal advice or representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2018
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I needed an exoungment for a new job opportunity. I had been told it would be a rather lengthy process. Attorney Khalaf went above and beyond getting it done alot sooner. Westendorf & Khalaf are great and affordable. Highly reccomend using them.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
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First Offense DUI
For the first time in my life I was in need of a criminal defense attorney for a first offense DUI. After spending the better part of a day searching for, and reading reviews of local attorneys, I decided to contact W&K law firm. Even though it was a Sunday, Bassel contacted me by phone within an hour after I sent a request for quote. Throughout the whole process, he was very responsive to messages and was very thorough with his knowledge of the process and was always available to answer questions and put my mind at ease. I decided not to have him "fight" my case so I was convicted of the charge. I fully understood the likely outcome of accepting the "deal" offered by the prosecutor's office. I was able to retain my license on a restricted status. I certainly recommend W&K Law Firm.
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Posted by Curtis | August 2, 2018
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They did a excellent job with my case and we’re so Thankful! They will go above and beyond to fight for you and I will recommend them to anyone who needs someone who will truly fight for you! They’re honest and trustworthy! Thank you so much for getting back home with my family and we really appreciate you.
Posted by Gene | July 9, 2018
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Successful outcome
Bassel was attentive to my situation and worked tirelessly to help me have a positive outcome to my case. He and MR. Westendorf were professional, thorough, and skilled at helping my case to my benefit. I would recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Shalae Banks | February 13, 2018
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Best lawyer
Bassel Khalef represented me well in court I couldn’t be happier he did everything he could!
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2018
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Very dynamic lawyer
I was held in jail without bond and KHALAF came to proof my innocence. I was arrested and put in jail for assault I did commit. After I spoke the truth to the police I was still untrusted.
Posted by Shayla | January 24, 2018
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Honest & Helpful
Bassel was added on to my case as my second attorney due to the seriousness of the case. He was definetly for me and had a strong passion to fight my case. He was honest about everything and definetly kept me in the loop. His personality is totally a plus as I wasn’t scared whatsoever as to the way he made me feel comfortable about my case. I would definetly recommend him as ones lawyer as he stands his ground in no matter the situation.
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Posted by Charles | January 17, 2018
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Excellent lawyer worth every penny
Mr. Khalaf helped my son beat his charges. He always called us back quickly when we couldnt reach him and he explained everything about the case. He was very cool and calm in front of the judge unlike some other lawyers I saw. Definitely one of the best around.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Virginia Beach Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Public Defender
  • Danville, Virginia Circuit Court
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Summer Intern
  • Hawaii Intermediate Court Of Appeals
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • B.A. Psychology
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Porter v. Commonwealth
  • Upheld
  • Commonwealth v. BH
  • Dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. RW
  • Dismissed
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  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
  • Certified Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation Selection
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 25 Trial Lawyers
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
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  • Unpublished Opinions
  • Virginia Court of Appeals (Madonia v. Commonwealth)
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (16)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You're in good hands with Bassel. Quick on his feet and personable to both judge and jury, beneath Bassel's easy-going demeanor lies an impressive ability to efficiently analyze a problem and navigate a strategic solution."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He works hard, knows the law and cares about results. Bassel is an excellent choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bassel is a witty, resourceful and intelligent attorney, I know him for a few years and he always worked hard on his cases and stayed optimistic regardless of the challenges before him. He helped many people to get out of really difficult situations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I consider him one of the best criminal and traffic lawyers in the area. He is hardworking and very thorough. He's been able to obtain some great result in one of Virginia's toughest venues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Khalaf is a compassionate attorney who fights hard for his clients. I met him while I was a prosecutor on opposing matters. Mr. Khalaf was always professional and did a great job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bassel is an outstanding and extremely knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. On several occasions, I have reached out to him for a second opinion or guidance on procedural matters in the Virginia Beach courts, and I wouldn't hesitate to do so again in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bassel Khalaf has quickly become one of the most talented criminal defense attorneys in Virginia Beach. If I'm not mistaken, he won a court of appeals case within his first year as an attorney, something that most attorneys go a career without achieving. His presence in the courtroom is undeniable. Bassel always seems to be a step ahead of the competition, which is what you want if you are facing a complex legal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bassel has the respect of the Court and his fellow attorneys. I've observed him work on multiple high profile cars and he is as comfortable with the law as he is with facts. Judge or Jury Basel is a force to be reckoned with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Bassel on many cases including high stakes jury trials. I have personally witnessed him win tremendous results for his clients at both trial and on successful motions. He is a fierce advocate, and I strongly endorse him."
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Virginia Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Bassel Khalaf
Bassel Khalaf
Criminal defense Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 15 years