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Earl Joseph Wheeler

Criminal defense Attorney at Yorktown, VA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2000
    Active (Not in Good Standing) No misconduct found

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About Earl

Learn Earl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Violent Crimes, Sex Related Offenses, Drug Crimes, Carjacking, Robbery, Burglary, Larceny, Domestic Offenses, Protective Orders, Juvenile Offenses, Computer Crimes, Traffic - Including DUI/DWI, and White-Collar Crimes.

    21 years, 4,589 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Car Accidents, Libel and Slander, Defective and Dangerous Products, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Slip and Fall Accidents, and Wrongful Death.

    6 years, 17 cases

  3. Family
    Child Abuse, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Spousal Support, Equitable Distribution, Elder Abuse, Separation Agreements, and Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Medical Directives).

    9 years, 38 cases

  4. General practice
    Landlord-Tenant Law, Warrants in Detinue, Trespassing, etc.

    8 years, 49 cases

I was raised as a Navy dependent and grew up on the east coast between Maine and Panama. I met my wife while attending Norview High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon completing high school, I joined the United States Air Force and served most of the next four years in New Mexico. I then worked in Virginia Power Company’s nuclear program, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, and attained a position as a Nuclear Licensing Engineer before attending Regent University’s School of Law. Immediately upon graduation, I became an editor for Lexis-Nexis, a well-respected legal publishing resource. While employed with that organization, I began practicing law, and a few years later, focused that practice in criminal and traffic law.

Over fifteen years later, I can say I have successfully represented clients in cases such as speeding and improper turns through complex first-degree murders, robberies, burglaries, sex crimes, and a host of other alleged crimes in between.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching science, science fiction, fantasy, comic books, music, good food, and life in general. The work environment at Holcomb Law is Christian-based and the attorneys and staff work as a team to ensure the best results for our clients, and I am glad to be a part of that team.

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501 Village Avenue Ste 104
Yorktown, VA, 23693
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Posted by Jeremy | August 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best help received!
Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. Assisted on all maters in a very timely matter. He also made sure I felt completely taken care of and comfortable. Case came out better than expected and anticipated. As well, I was advised on my best options. Overall I do feel like the experience was scary and first time for me. It was cushioned entirely by Mr. Wheelers expertise so thank you very much, Mr. Wheeler.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Holcomb Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Newport News Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2020


  • Regent University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Client
  • Jury acquitted client of Robbery and Use of Firearm in Felony
  • Commonwealth v. Client
  • Jury acquitted client of First Degree Murder and Use of Firearm in Felony
  • Commonwealth v. Client
  • Jury acquitted client of of Burglary
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  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Places to Work
  • Virginia Business
  • 2021
  • Best of Family Law, Criminal Defense, Mediation
  • Daily Press Choice Award
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked with Earl for many years. I have had the opportunity to observe him in court when I was a new lawyer, and I have gotten to know him well as a public defender, and as an attorney at Holcomb Law. Earl is the epitome of professional, knowledgeable, and dependable He possesses a vast knowledge of criminal law. He works diligently and passionately for his clients as he truly loves the work he does. It's always a pleasure interacting with him. I have clients recommended Earl many times because of his unmatched knowledge and skill."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Earl in the strongest possible terms. Earl's extensive experience is such an asset to his client and our firm. When there is an issue, or situation in a case that has me stumped, Earl is my first call. His knowledge of both law and procedure are encyclopedic. His arguments and defenses are methodical and airtight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer as a Criminal Attorney. I have been lucky enough to meet and work with him and can say from personal experience that he is a well-spoken, knowledgeable and experienced Trial Criminal Attorney that will fight for you! He is able to put you at ease and explain things in such a way that you can understand it. Once you meet him, you immediately know, he is the one! Accordingly, if you want a Criminal Attorney who cares, has experience and will fight for you, you need Earl Wheeler!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Earl J. Wheeler is an experienced trial lawyer whom I strongly recommend. He is knowledgeable, reasonable, and well-spoken. Furthermore, he is exceptionally dedicated to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Earl Wheeler. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He treats clients with dignity and respect. He has an amazing way of explaining complex issues to clients so they are truly informed about their case and what could happen. He is compassionate. I would highly recommend Earl Wheeler as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Earl for a while. He is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in Hampton Roads in his areas of expertise. He is also approachable and empathetic, making him even more rare in this field. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Earl comes to us with years of experience; and it shows in all aspects of his work, from his handling of complex jury trials, to his ability to understand and connect with his clients, Earl Wheeler is an invaluable part of our team."
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Yorktown Criminal defense Lawyer Earl Joseph Wheeler
Earl Joseph Wheeler
Criminal defense Attorney
Yorktown, VA
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