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Crystina Marie O'Brien

Criminal defense Attorney at Hampton, VA

4.7   49 reviews

also known as Christina O'Brien, Crystina Kowalczyk

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 17 years
    Ohio - OH 30 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Crystina

Learn Crystina’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Being accused of a crime is not a position you wanted to find yourself in. You need to take action immediately to start building a solid criminal defense. Without the help of a skilled attorney, you risk serious consequences.

    31 years, 800 cases

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Family Law includes much more than just marriage and divorce issues. Hampton Roads Virginia Family Law Attorneys Crystina M. O’Brien and Tiffany N. Sullivan have helped hundreds of clients find workable and fair solutions to family law matters.

    40 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%
    As Hampton Roads Virginia criminal law attorneys, we can be your advocates in and out of the courtroom. Our firm believes that everyone is entitled to a skilled defense, and we will put our considerable experience to work for you and your case.

    150 cases

  4. Military law
    20%
    Crystina M. O’Brien is certified in the Armed Forces Court of Appeals. She also is qualified to represent members up against court-martial charges in any of the Branches of Service.

    31 years, 250 cases

  5. Federal crime
    10%
    Being charged with a federal crime is a life-changing event. Having to defend yourself can be overwhelming knowing that the penalties for a federal conviction are substantially more severe than those for state crimes.

    15 years, 50 cases

I am an aggressive trial lawyer who will fight for your rights.  I am also an experienced negotiator who will work to obtain the best offer.  I have represented clients law all over the world as an Army Judge Avocate (JAG) and am a committed fighter.  I have represented military members in all branches of the service.  While on active duty I tried over 30 courts-martial.  Essentially, I am a very experienced litigator and have litigated and won many jury trials.  My years of experience make me qualified to represent you in all areas of the law and I love a challenge.  When you hire me you get professionalism, courage and commitment. 

 

Location

O'Brien and Sullivan Law Group
101 Eaton Street, Suite 200
Hampton, VA, 23669
The O'Brien Law Firm
403 Grace Street
Suite 101
Smithfield, VA, 23430
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
Posted by Dionja lane | April 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Amazing I loved her she helped me after my brother passed and got my back on my feet would definitely recommend her
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Ms. O’Brien is the best lawyer out there. She explained to me the case and the outcome very clearly and she was very realistic. I would 100% recommend her. She is the best.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and knowledgeable of the law
I am glad that I chose Ms Crystina M. O'Brien as my attorney. I had a traffic/speeding ticket and i called her firm for advice and help. She and I had the most relaxed conversation. She was so knowledgeable of everything and she gave me instructions to follow to make my time on court reasonable. I did every thing she told me to to. I went to driving class, took my car for speed calibration and obtained my driving record. All was presented to her for review and she put my mind at ease. We went to court and she presented all the information to the judge and had the charges reduced and the incident changed. I am very happy and please.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien July 17, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are a small business and we try to keep our fees low enough for the regular person to afford our services and so we can still keep running. Reviews like this help us keep going so we can continue to serve. It is deeply appreciated.
Posted by Kimberly | December 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Counsel
Crystina is an amazing attorney. I consulted and hired her regarding my serious traffic violation. She was extremely thorough and had an intelligent approach throughout the entire process. She is a pleasure to work with and continued to be there in answering my questions in a timely manner. I am glad to have someone as assertive and candid as Crystina working on my behalf. I highly recommend Crystina and thank her for making the process less stressful.
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Posted by Willie | December 8, 2021
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Nothing short of the BEST.
I contacted Crystina’s firm in reference to a charge. I was immediately scheduled for a consultation and I met with Crystina. She is truly a breath of fresh air; funny, relatable, down to earth, knowledgeable, wise but also very serious when the time comes. We went to court and her presence alone had me at ease. We went in front of the judge - she literally went to war for me. We won. Communication was great. Office is inviting. Receptionist is amazing. Hopefully I don’t run into anymore trouble, but if I do - rest assured I have her number saved. Recommend. FIVE STARS! Thank you!
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Response from Crystina O'Brien December 9, 2021
Thank you so much for your review.
Posted by Brandon | May 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Crystina O'Brien does the impossible
Crystina knows her stuff she put me at ease at a dark time and delivered what was said couldn't be done. She even pushed back in court and got me special treatment directly from the Federal Judge presiding over my case. I wish I could pay her more , she will always be my first call if I ever need legal advise or a fighter in my corner
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Response from Crystina O'Brien May 19, 2021
Thank you. I really appreciate your feedback.
Posted by Carol | March 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Renters Braking Lease.
We had renters who walked out on a remaining one year lease on our home. The situation was very complicated since there was only one realtor involved who represented all parties. Crystina worked tirelessly on our behalf and we were able to settle the situation to our liking and subsequently sold the house almost immediately after the situation was resolved. Thank you Crystina, you are the best.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2019
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Excellent law firm! Excellent Lawyer!!!
Ms O’Brien represented my son for a traffic violation. She did a phenomenal job & got all charges dropped! We watched her interact with the judge and the police officer both professionally and thoroughly, convincing them both that my son need not be charged. She also provided notary services quickly and conveniently. I can’t say enough great things about the O’Brien Law Firm!!!!
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Posted by Jordan | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Attorney
I’d strongly advise giving this law firm a call for your criminal issues. She guided me through the process to a charge that I did not commit. She spent hours researching every particular of my case and I appreciate that. Untilmatly she got my trespassing case dismissed!
Response from Crystina O'Brien August 5, 2019
Thank you for the review. It was the right result.
Posted by Gina | January 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
The O'Brien Law Firm did an outstanding job representing me in my child custody case. With Crystina's help, we were able to get the outcome we wanted with minimum court visits. Her quick thinking and extensive knowledge, made me feel at ease. She answered all of my questions promptly and demonstrated professionalism the whole time. I was impressed that the O'Brien Law Firm informed me of all court dates, times, and location through mail. If I have anymore legal matters, I will definitely call Crystina and I advise you do.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien February 20, 2019
Thank you for posting this review. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Antonette & Ashi | October 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AMAZING STAFF
My husband was facing a serious felony charge of Sexual Assault, where he could of gotten anywhere from 5 years to life. I contacted The O'Brien Law Firm and had a consultation with Mrs. O'Brien and she made me feel very comfortable, she listened tentatively and then responded to my questions. I hired her to represent my husband while he was incarcerated. She visited him and introduce herself and he was pleased with the knowledge that she had. She was able to get him out on bond after being there for 5 months so he will be able to have time with his family. She is very caring, compassionate, hard working, honest, down to person. Her Staff is amazing and caring, they treat you like family and always took the time to answer any question you may have. She spent long hours preparing my husband for his trial no matter how tired she may have been. She is a very dedicated attorney to her clients. The Trial came and Mrs. O'Brien was a beast in the courtroom , she was so awesome. At the end my husband got a NOT GUILTY Plea. We were elated and happy with her work. She give my family hope again and to look forward to a brighter future. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that needs help and justice to prevail. We love her and her staff.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien November 8, 2018
Thank you for the opportunity to represent your husband. It was a pleasure and I am so happy we got the right result.
Posted by King | April 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Recommended
This attorney provided a well needed consult for me having over 10 pending charges. She recommended me to right person. She informed me of my options, she told me time frames and tight deadlines. Her price to retain her was pretty hefty but she offered quality services and her undivided attention if hired.She is up to date on current legal processes and has an excellent team behind her.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien February 20, 2019
Thank you for the review. You definitely had some undeserved challenges and I am glad you got relief!
Posted by Brittany | April 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing but the Best
I knew as soon as I met Mrs. O'Brien that I had found the best possible lawyer for my case. She was determined and had a drive about her that you don't see in most. Honestly she reminds me a lot like my mother. She kept me on point with what I needed to be doing through my custody case with my ex. She continuously reminded me to stay focused and do what was best for my son. She continued to make sure I was comfortable with what was going on through the entire process and that I was cooperating with the other party to the best of my ability. When I call her the best of the Best, that is exactly what I mean. I would not even consider hiring anyone else for any future needs I may have.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien February 20, 2019
You are very welcome. Hopefully everything will go perfectly in the future.
Posted by Stephanie | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Hampton Roads
Crystina O'Brien is an amazing and compassionate attorney. I cannot say enough great things about her, she handle our very delicate child custody case with professionalism and compassion for all parties involved, including and especially the child involved. I would highly recommend her for any and all of your attorney needs. Thanks Crystina for your awesome representation.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 3, 2018
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Fantastic representation!
What a great decision to hire Ms. O'Brien! She is definitely someone you want in your corner in a courtroom! She is very well-versed in the law, judicial procedures, and most importantly, courtroom dynamics. This is huge in Hampton Roads, where different jurisdictions deal with cases in different ways. I was VERY pleased with the outcome of my case. I would hire her again in a heartbeat (although I hope I do not need to).
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Posted by O’Neal | March 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT
Crystina was to the point about finding out the details from me. Made a smooth way to get me bail when it was previously denied multiple times. Then through my final case she won the case. She is BEYOND great, she was heaven sent. Also I definitely have her on speed dial. Thanks for all that you did Crystina! I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
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The Peoples' Attorney
CASE: on one fateful evening, we collided with a motorcyclist. No one was hurt. Nonetheless. we were issued a reckless driving ticket (traffic misdemeanor violation) in the city of Hampton Roads. SOLUTION: we googled search for a lawyer who had experience with the military and who was initimately aware with how a misdemeanor could affect one's career. There were numerous good reviews of Attorney O'Brien. We decided to take her chances on her (and we are so grateful we did!) WHY HER?: - her practice is extremely responsive to emails - she's unapologetically honest and forthright. You know exactly where you stand, what your chances are, and how she can help you - she's resourceful - her practice is in the heart of Hampton Roads OUTCOME: our case was dismissed. We were in the best of hands. I encourage those who need a strong and intelligent advocate to consult with Attorney O'Brien now.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien January 10, 2018
Thank you.
Posted by Steven | May 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney, very knowledgeable, staff was amazing
I hired The O'Brien law firm in reference to a reckless driving case. They were absolutely amazing in helping me with my case and assisting me in understanding the process. I was traveling from out of state which made my case a little more complicated but they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Posted by Ezekiel | April 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my life
I was young, dumb, in the navy, and a very dysfunctional marriage. It was safe to say by the time I found my way to Crystina, I had pretty well made a mess of my situation at 22. Leaving out the details I continued making a series of mistakes, Crystina was at several points a no nonsense voice of reason in my life. Not only that she allowed me to grow up a little, without getting in my own way legally speaking. Her pricing was not only reasonable, but she went above and beyond the agreed upon services. She cared about my situation, or rather situations, and made herself available to me in regards to the issue I was facing for hours beyond what I was ever billed for. She quite literally saved my life in more ways than i can ever say. She is an HONEST, hardworking, genuine, and invested attorney. She never judged me for any situation I found myself in, and always always advocated for me above and beyond what was required.
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Response from Crystina O'Brien April 28, 2017
Thank you. You are worth it! Good luck on your future endeavors.
Posted by Mark D’Etcheverry | March 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!!!
I was charged with reckless driving after causing an injury-related auto accident. I felt I simply made a driving error as countless people do every day. I turned to Crystina for help. The judge heard multiple witnesses who testified against me and then turned to Crystina who brilliantly argued that my actions did not rise to reckless as defined by Virginia state law AND that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that I was even at fault. The judge agreed and dismissed my case entirely....not a reduction in the charge but an outright dismissal! The final words spoken in my court case was from the judge herself, and I quote here: "Ma'am, you are very lucky, you chose an outstanding lawyer to defend you". I could not agree more!
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Response from Crystina O'Brien April 28, 2017
Thank you. It was the right result.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Member
  • The O'Brien Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gochenour, Boyle & O'Brien, P.L.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Hampton Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Federal Public Defender Western District of Pennsylvania
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Judge Advocate (JAG)
  • U.S. Army
  • 1993 - 2002
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Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Xavier University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. B.M.
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. J.T.W
  • Not Guilty
  • U.S. v. B
  • Reversed Conviction

Associations

  • Windsor Castle Park Foundation Board
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Hampton Bar Association
  • Secretary (2008-2010)
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • Federal District Court or Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to practice
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)
  • Army
  • 2002
  • Army achievement medal
  • Army
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (50)
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Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Few attorneys are as willing as Crystina to go the extra mile for their clients. She is also an excellent mentor, always willing to answer questions from junior attorneys like myself seeking to get established. While I refer most of my family law and military law matters to Crystina, I am comfortable endorsing her in any of her practice areas because I know she will get the job done!"
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. O'Brien's military experience has endowed her with excellent organizational and critical thinking skills ideal in preparing and presenting your case. O'Brien has a staff of attorneys ready to give you the individualized attention that your concerns deserve."
Military law Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Crystina is an intelligent and caring attorney. Military law is an area with few attorneys who specialize in it, so I will go to her whenever I have a military law question."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is experienced, knowledgeable, and hard-working. She treats her clients with compassion and care."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Crystina O'Brien is a great lawyer who will fight passionately for her clients. She has a vast knowledge of the law and the methods that can be used to achieve the best possible outcome."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of watching Mrs. O' Brien fight for her clients in the courtroom. You won't go wrong having her on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Crystina is an accomplished attorney who acts as a strong advocate for her clients. She is professional and empathetic which is not an easy combination to find."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. O'Brien is an excellent lawyer. I was fortunate to have worked with her in the Hampton Public Defenders Office, when I was a Sentencing Advocate/Mitigation Specialist, and then also as an intern while I was in law school. Ms. O'Brien's breadth of experience gives her keen insight into the legal issues of each case and how to proceed to advocate for her clients. I have learned a lot working with her. She has been available to mentor me since I've been in practice, and always helps me examine all sides of an issue. I wholeheartedly endorse Crystina O'Brien."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney O'Brien is an accomplished and experienced criminal defense attorney. She is clearly the "go to" person if you are in need of top tier legal representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Crystina cares about getting the best possible result for each of her clients. She specializes in listening to, and then addressing her client's concerns. I've seen her be pro-active and go the extra-mile as needed, or be forthcoming about the limitations of a particular case. More importantly, she has the courage and experience to know the right approach to take. You will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Crystina Obrien is an outstanding attorney. Her many years of experience in the courtroom as an army defense attorney and a public defender have paid off very well for her. She always fights hard for her clients, yet is still gracious and accommodating to everyone she deals with whenever appropriate As a result, she enjoys a great reputation among state and federal prosecutors, as well as other practicing attorneys on the Peninsula. She devotes full time and attention to each client that she represents, and strives to make them feel at home. She has often given me invaluable advice on certain aspects of criminal cases that I have handled. I could not have a higher opinion of Ms. Obrien, and the local bar associations are lucky to have her in their ranks."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Crystina O'Brien is an excellent, competent, and dedicated criminal defense attorney. I have had the pleasure of working on "opposite sides of the aisle" from Ms. O'Brien when I was in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and I found her to be a consummate professional; focused on the needs of her clients and able to secure excellent results for them. I now am very pleased to consider her a colleague in the local Defense Bar. Ms. O'Brien fights hard for her clients, and most importantly she genuinely cares for them, which is refreshing in today's legal environment. Her experience in criminal defense work is second to none and her resume speaks for itself. I have nothing but positive things to say about Ms. O'Brien. If you find yourself facing criminal difficulties she is the right one to have on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Passionate hard-working trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Hampton Criminal defense Lawyer Crystina Marie O'Brien
Crystina Marie O'Brien
Criminal defense Attorney
Hampton, VA
Licensed for 30 years