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Patrick L. Bales

DUI and DWI Attorney at Newport News, VA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    Attorney Bales has been a premier DUI defense lawyer since 2001 in Virginia. If you've been issued a DUI, expect the state to show you no mercy. Attorney Bales will work with you to aggressively defend yourself with his keen eye for detail.

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    My record speaks for itself and I am always eager to add another successful case to my list. Call now for a case evaluation. It might be more expensive to pay that ticket than fight it.

  3. Criminal defense
    Are you having a serious legal issue? Don’t take any chances and get the right attorney. Call the Law Office of Patrick L. Bales to get you the best possible outcome. Call now for the defense you deserve.

Attorney Patrick L. Bales is a passionate hard-working lawyer who will vigorously pursue your defense.  Mr. Bales is dedicated to the ideals upon which our system of justice is founded and strongly motivated to provide the best service for his clients.

Mr. Bales received his law degree in 2000 from the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane Washington.  During his legal studies, Mr. Bales received awards for demonstrated trial skills and legal writing.  In 1998, Mr. Bales won the right to represent Gonzaga in the National Criminal Procedure Competition in San Diego California.  Prior to his legal training, Mr. Bales received his B.A. degree in 1993 from the University of Virginia. A member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD).

Mr. Bales served as a Public Defender from 2001 through 2008.  During this time, Mr. Bales served as a trial skills coach for the Indigent Defense Commission five times; assisting newly hired attorneys hone their courtroom skills.  In Newport News, Mr. Bales successfully argued before the General District Court judges that the city codes for traffic and DUI were not valid.

Attorney Patrick L. Bales is a dedicated and Hard-working lawyer who will vigorously defend your rights in DUI, serious traffic violations and other criminal matters.  Call today for a free consultation with Patrick L. Bales.

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Law Office of Patick L Bales
732 Thimble Shoals Blvd # 905
Newport News, VA, 23606


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Posted by Christian & Ericka | April 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
Wow!! Where should I start. Mr. Bales came to my sons aid upon their initial arrest. 7am he answered his phone. 8am he was in court representing them in a bond hearing. Not sure of what he was getting into. He gave it his all. Upon the continuation of their case he represented my sons to the fullest. He always answered and was their in our moments of fear and doubt. He assured us that everything would work out and needless to say all charges were dropped. It was his diligence and hard work that helped us. Mr. Bales thank you again for being in our corner.
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Posted by Monica Holmes Caldwell | December 14, 2016
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I live in North Carolina and had to find an attorney for our son who lived in Virginia. I search23rd the internet and came across Mr. Patrick Bales name and contacted him. I had to leave a voicemail, but he returned my call within minutes. I felt at ease speaking with him and knew that I wanted Mr. Bales to represent and defend my son, who livelihood was at stake. Mr. Bales was straightforward and what I really liked was that ALL of my phone calls were returned and any questions that I had were answered. My son was comfortable, felt at ease and trusted Mr. Bales. During trial Mr. Bales was more than well prepared and fought my son's freedom until the end. NOT GUILTY/DISMISSED were the words we heard. I can't thank Mr. Bales enough for what he has done for my family. If anyone needs an attorney I highly recommend Mr. Patrick Bales to represent the case.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Trial Ready
He's Tactical, Intuitive and is willing to help. He is a splendid Attorney
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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Posted by Amanda | April 6, 2015
We made the best decision hiring him!!!!
Mr. Bales took on our case in Feb. 2014, the charge was malicious wounding but it in fact was self defense, I was in fear of losing my husband and father to my kids for protecting himself. Mr. Bales went above and beyond to prove my husbands innocence. They charged my husband twice for same charge, both times Mr. Bales was there for us every step of the way and the end result was NOT GUILTY! He worked with us, made is laugh in hard times and held up to being the best defense Attorney I could've ever had! Never would I ever choose a different attorney over him. If you're wise go with the best! This Attorney is worth more then you know! Thank you so much Mr. Bales!!!!!
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Posted by Barbara | August 27, 2014
Awesome DWI attorney
Mr. Bales looked at all the possible ways to approach my defense. In the end, in front of the judge, he was prepared for anything. He fought for me all the way to the end, with a final result of an "Acquittal". Couldn't be more happy about the outcome. Fee was very fair and was willing to work with me on a payment plan. Thank you so much, Barbara B......You Rock, Mr. Bales
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Posted by Bobby | May 10, 2014
Best Lawyer for Traffic infractions
Mr. Bales is one of the finest attorneys I have ever dealt with. When I was looking to hire him, he came to my house because I didn't have any transportation. During the entire ordeal of dealing with the court, he was always there to answer any questions I had. The fact that he had written the legal book on trying DWIs in Virginia didn't hurt. His charges were reasonable and affordable. I would refer Mr. Bales to anyone looking to hire an attorney for traffic infractions.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • attorney
  • Law Ofice of Patrick L Bales
  • 2011 - Present
  • DWI/DUI, Criminal, Reckless Driving Defense Attorney
  • Michael Tillotson, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • City Newport News
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • City of Franklin
  • 2001 - 2005
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • First Degree Murder and related charges
  • Acquital
  • DUI/refusal dismissed
  • dismissal
  • DUI Felony
  • offense level reduced
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  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Demonstrated Trial Skills and Legal Writing
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1998
  • National Criminal Procedure Competition (Gonzaga)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (1)
Endorse Patrick
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Pat as opposing counsel and I have utilized him as a resource on DUI law. He is always prompt, responsive and diligent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bales is a passionate advocate for his clients and for fair treatment of defendants in criminal matters. He holds prosecutors to the test, and he is meticulously prepared for court. He is conscientious with his clients and an asset to the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat Bales is a brilliant defense lawyer. He is a valuable resource to other lawyers and a great advocate for his clients because he is gifted in identifying subtle defenses in the code and the case law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney. There is nothing Pat does not know about DUI - but he is very humble. I think Pat is one of the very best DUI attorneys in the area and maybe the state. He is the "go to" person if you have a question and he is always willing to spend a minute to talk to a fellow attorney looking for some free pointers. I think very highly of Pat and would recommend him to anyone."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently spoke with Pat about a very serious DWI charge. I was very impressed with his understanding of the law, the science and his empathy for his client. Pat is extremely dedicated to providing his clients with the best representation possible. Because of his dedication to his clients, Pat joined the National College for DUI Defense. Pat has my strongest endorsement."
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Newport News DUI and DWI Lawyer Patrick L. Bales
Patrick L. Bales
DUI and DWI Attorney
Newport News, VA
Licensed for 22 years
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