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Robert O'Hale

Criminal defense Attorney at Greensboro, NC

4.8   20 reviews

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Mr. O’Hale is a Board Certified Criminal Specialist in both the State of North Carolina and the Federal Courts by the North Carolina State Bar. That certification is the highest accreditation available. He has been profiled as a North Carolina Super Lawyer. Mr. O’Hale is a member of the Legal Elite, an honor bestowed to only the top 5% of practicing attorneys. Mr. O’Hale has been awarded the distinguished AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer reviewed ranking, which is the highest available. With over 34 years of experience, Mr. O’Hale has a proven track record in both the State and Federal Courts. Mr. O’Hale specializes in criminal defense and personal injury cases. Mr. O’Hale is frequently called up as an expert in the field of criminal defense. He teaches and conducts seminars across the State of North Carolina.

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Licensed for 41 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 10/03/2022

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

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O'hale-Law-O'hale-Yes!
415 W Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC, 27401

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Jesse | April 27, 2021
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Federal case
Without the help of Mr. O’Hale , I know that I would not have had the successful outcomes I have had. Mr. O’Hale took on an extremely difficult case and encountered issues that no one expected and few had ever seen. He worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. He has stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. Though we faced challenges, Mr. O’Hale did not falter. His thorough research provided us the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I will only recommend Mr. O’Hale as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better. I am proud to be Mr. O’Hale client and will continue to retain them for all legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands."
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Posted by Parker | November 6, 2020
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DWI
Robert O'hale is an excellent lawyer, he was always extremely prompt in getting back to me a. He also made me feel safe and secure. I was charged with a DWI last year, and he was fairly confident he could help me. He quickly realized my rights were violated and the stop was unlawful. The court case took a while because of COVID, but ultimately it was thrown out due to his excellent knowledge of the law! I don't think any other lawyer in Greensboro could have done a better job. Every other lawyer suggested I take a plea deal, Mr. O'hale is willing to fight for you and put the time in to build you a case! I owe him my life!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2020
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If you need legal assistance, Robert O'hale should be your first thought
Mr. O'Hale represented me in 2015 for a DWI case, as well as in 2014 for another traffic related case. He handled both cases in an incredibly professional manner, and was able to get me a more than ideal outcome on both. He simply cares about the client and getting them the best possible outcome. Mr. O'Hale made my difficult situation much more manageable, which I wouldn't have been able to do alone. I highly recommend contacting him if you are needing legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Robert O'Hale is one of the best lawyers i have ever had. He stayed persistent and helped me through a tough time. I had the upmost confidence in him even in a situation that most lawyers would not have payed attention to. He is great at staying in contact and really fights for you and your freedom. 10/10 highly recommended.
Posted by Dennis | March 13, 2020
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Excellent Representation and Outstanding Results
After receiving a very frustrating and borderline unethical speeding ticket in Guilford County, I was referred to Robert O'Hale by my local Attorney who I trust without reservation. I was cautioned by both Attorneys that this would be a difficult issue to handle and I did not have an expectation of fairness from the Courts with this particular ticket. Mr. O'Hale advised me to take a deep breath, let him do his job and quit fixating on "the principal" of the situation. He completed demonstrated his full understanding of the Courts, had a unique ability to persuade me to "calm down" and was successful at achieving an outcome that was apparently acceptable to all concerned but most importantly exceeded my expectations. I will strive to never require the services of an Attorney in Guilford County again, but if I fail at that goal; I will immediately call Robert O'Hale.
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Posted by Johnny | August 22, 2019
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BEST LAWYER IN GREENSBORO
To start off with I got charged with a DUI and hired another lawyer that ended up taking another job and giving all his cases to Robert O'Hale. I was concerned with this at first, but once meeting with Robert I felt very good about having him as a lawyer. I had multiple conversations with Robert about my case. Every time I called Robert he would answer or call me back. He gave me more information and incite on my case than my first lawyer. He was very informative on how we were going to go about handling it. I told him I wanted to take my case to trial. He is a very good trial lawyer by the way. He worked with me in and out of the court room and really cares about his clients. I would recommend Robert O'Hale to anyone who needs a GREAT LAWYER. He got me out of my DUI because of simple mistakes other lawyers would have over looked. He's not only a great Lawyer but he is really easy to talk to.
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Posted by Cody | June 24, 2019
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Long Term Success
I had gone to Robert about two separate pending cases that took course over several years. But through out the whole process he kept me up to date, told me his honest opinion and, and went to bat for me when most would have seen a young kid at the time. He helped me so much!
Posted by Junior | July 21, 2016
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The Best Man For The Job
I had let a family member of my best friend move into my home when he was released from prison. I am big believer in second chances, so I helped the young man. It seemed it all was going as he was working part-time and going to school full time. Well at about two years after his release my mom was raided by the DEA. It turns out the guy I was helping went back to selling drugs, and he was doing out of my house. He had stashed away a large amount of marijuana in the garage, and when my home was raided it was found there and in the guy's room. Since the garage is a common room in the home, I was also charged, with four felonies. I was refer to Robert by another attorney friend of mine who said he was the best and would make sure that I had the best representation. Since the first time I consulted with Robert he made me feel at ease. He was upfront about what could happen but that he would help prove my innocence. The guilty person never told the truth in the two years the case was in the courts but Robert was always there to provide words of strength, hope, and kindness. I am happy to say that now it is all over! The guilty party is in prison and I am here to write about such an amazing attorney more especially human being. If you want someone to represent you well and be there for you, choose Robert O'hale.
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Posted by Jonathan | June 8, 2016
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Robert O'hale is top notch
Robert O'hale offered excellent legal representation. I called his office, and he was very prompt in handling my case. He worked with prosecutors to come to a reasonable outcome without ever having to step foot in a courtroom. Not only that but when I emailed him with a question regarding how to fill out paperwork regarding my "criminal" status, he was very courteous and took the time to look into a case that was 3 years old and offer his guidance. And as it turns out, I do not have a "criminal" status thanks to his representation. I would highly recommend Mr. O'hale, as he is very proficient at what he does, and takes his clients seriously.
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Posted by Daymond | December 10, 2015
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Without Reservation
It is without reservation that I recommend Robert O'Hale, Esq. His office was extremely patient and more than professional. I was placed in a situation that I never thought I would be placed in and while at times I didn't understand his approach or maybe didn't even agree with such. I quickly learned why I was not an attorney but instead engaged one. All of my cases were dismissed. I even got free sodas when I would visit. Robert, Courtney and staff. O-Hale Yes.. I am very happy and recommend them to anyone personal or business.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
I never thought I would be faced with a DUI but was very thankful that I was referred to Robert O'Hale to assist me through the unpleasant experience. He is very knowledgeable and has a real compassion for his clients. He reminded me that everyone makes mistakes. He and his staff are available and easy to contact. I would highly refer Robert to anyone in need of an outstanding criminal attorney.
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Posted by Nichole | February 13, 2014
O'Hale Yes he can!
Robert is a reputable attorney is Greensboro, NC and by far one of the best that I have ever worked with. He has an impeccable reputation and is very knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense. His expertise led to a not guilty verdict in a first degree murder trial which was a far cry from what the D.A. was offering. He and his staff were a pleasure to work with and I would recommend his services to anyone looking to obtain legal representation.
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Posted by EA | November 14, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Mr. O'Hale recently represented me in a DUI case. Mr. O'Hale is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. His expertise allowed the best outcome possible with my case being dismissed. He is also a very kind and empathetic person that is a pleasure to work with under somewhat difficult circumstances. I would highly recommend Mr. O'Hale to anyone seeking a professional, cognizant, and understanding attorney.
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Posted by Jim King | November 6, 2013
Great Criminal Defense Attorney
Having worked as a NC Licensed Private Investigator for 12 years, I have had the opportunity to work alongside many Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mr. OHale and I have worked together on several high profile cases, and he has always represented our Clients with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism!! I would highly recommend him for anyone facing difficult situations, where a rock solid Criminal Defense Attorney will make a difference.
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Posted by William | November 1, 2013
Great attorney
Rob O'Hale is a real world attorney who understands families. He helped us deal successfully with my teenage son's paraphernalia citation. Knowledgeable, experienced, empathetic and a realist about cost. Great attorney.
Posted by maureen | November 1, 2013
Best Criminal Lawyer in Greensboro
Robert O'Hale has great understanding of the law. He got one of the charges dismissed due to his knowledge. He is very trustworthy. I would hire him again
Posted by Kathy | November 1, 2013
Great lawyer
Robert handled a DWI case for me last year. He knew the law better than the DA (and the Judge, I think). I had an outstanding result. But he also talked to me about making better choices in the future. He was a great listener and helped me get through a tough time in my life.
Posted by Ben | October 29, 2013
Help for those that need it
I had no idea what to do when I was charged. After calling my attorney cousin for a recommendation, I contacted Mr O'Hale. My case dragged on for 3 years of continuances and re-strategizing by the District Attorney's office. On trial day I could not have been more pleased with the preparedness and defense given by MY attorney, Robert O'Hale. The D.A. looked quite foolish trying to refute it, to be honest. In addition to having the outcome I wanted (which saved me money and heartache), Mr. O'Hale was always respectful of my time and my personal feelings. The incident that got me arrested was very traumatic and I had to relive it for three years of court dates. Mr. O'Hale worked with me to make sure I didn't miss too many classes at UNCG due to court. He never once made me feel like I did not matter or that my case didn't matter. More over, I could tell he was empathetic to my struggle and frustrations with the Justice system. On multiple occasions he apologized for things not in his control (like the courts wasting my time) and he related to me as a person. And he never made it about money or fees. Attorney Robert O'Hale cares about helping you resolve your legal issue and he will see it through to the end!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2017
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You cannot plea down DUI in NC!
I had seen the News 2 story about Robert O'Hale and wanted to use him with my DUI. While he is very nice and equally as intelligent, he gave me the opinion that he could handle my case with no problem. It wasn't until after I paid him $1,500 that he shared that he could not get my charge reduced. You can't plea down DUI in NC. You can plea down murder...but not DUI. Of course I didn't know this because I had never had one before. Anyway, after I paid him and I finished my substance abuse class, I tried to call his office to get my driver's license back. I left 3 messages over 3 weeks and never received a return phone call. I finally found out how to get my license back myself and that's what I did. You know, I realize that he's a busy man but I don't know why his office staff just didn't call me back. Even with all of that said, he's a very nice man and if there is a loophole to be found, he'll find it!
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2020
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Not Recommended: Absent, Dishonest, and will NOT reply or Communicate Case Updates
Robert O'Hale became my lawyer in 12/2016 for a DUI case. He charged me $2,500, which I paid in full, up front. As you can see from other reviews, he only charged $1,500 to others even a year or two after me.. So off the bat it was hard to trust what he was saying. Twice, throughout the 3 years of continuing my case, he wanted to plead guilty because he was tired and his leg was in pain. He continued my case for 3 years. Finally after 3 years of court dates every 6 months, I was found guilty but the NC DMV refused to recognized the judges order of no interlock needed and a granted of limited privilege driving. According to the NC DMV, the NC DMV does not have to follow district court judge's orders as they fall under the Attorney General of the state and according to the NC DMV the attorney general has the power to decline whatever was decided by the judge. The nattorney general excerise that power on my case. Robert claimed that he would help me if I paid him more money on top of the $2,500 that I had already paid. He agreed to file an injunction and call the attorney general. He never filed the injunction and never attempted to reach out to the attorney general to my knowledge, but still wanted more money. For 4 months after 9/2019, after I had been found guilty, Robert stopped returning phone calls, emails, or messages left with his personal assistant. He refused to respond and I've attempted to contact him at on average 3 times a week(phone, email, and through his assistant) for the last two months. I do not recommend this lawyer. There are much better options out there at a far less cost. I hope this helps you if you have been charged with a DUI offense. My experience has taught me... bite the bullet/save money and plead guilty(if you are) get the interlock box asap, and get it all over with within one year. You'll save money, save yourself the headache of tracking your lawyer down, and dealing with multiple court dates that you will have to miss work for. Greensboro is one of the most difficult cities to fight a DUI charge in court.
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Response from Robert O'Hale March 12, 2020
This client had a previous DWI. His blood test was .21 which is sky high. I spoke with the officer. I watched the videos. The client ran a red light and almost hit the officer's car. The client couldn't do the tests at the scene and in fact could barely stand. The officer who arrested him was with the police. She transferred the sheriff. The client advises that people should just get it over and plead guilty. That, in fact, as he says in his review is what I recommended. The only hope was that the officers would not show up. So I appeared in court for this client 20 times for twenty months. The officer was not present twice but the court allowed the state to continue the case over my objection. The client wanted to try the case. That is his choice not mine so we did. He wanted to take his chances and that's fine with me. That's how the case went on for 20 months. I try a lot of dwi cases and win my share. The Judge found him guilty but I was able to keep the blood test out of evidence. I went the extra mile to get the judge to issue an order telling the department of motor vehicles that they couldn't use the .21 against him and the order says no interlock. DMV insisted on the interlock. The client was very happy about the judges order and became unhappy when the department of motor vehicles told him he needed the interlock. I have been in touch with the attorney general. I have sent him the order. I have talked to other top dwi lawyers. Unfortunately ncgs and state v. bowes have been interpreted to state that the dmv can over rule a district court judge. I think its a separation of powers violation but that is the current law. I'd like to see it changed but as the client states he didn't pay me any extra in spite of my extra work. I'm sorry he is not happy. He can find the person to blame for his unhappiness in the mirror.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney/Partner
  • Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP
  • 1995 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • 18th Judicial Distict Public Defender's Office
  • 1985 - 1995
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Iredell County District Attorney's Office
  • 1981 - 1985

Education

  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • State v. WP
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. JS
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. ED
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • 1991 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • N/A
  • 18th Judicial District Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Attorneys in North Carolina
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2005
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2001
  • Board Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 1994
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Robert is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He has been at this a while now and he knows the law and the court system. He also cares for his clients and is reasonably priced. I am happy to know him and to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert O'Hale whole-heartedly .He has a tremendous amount of experience and is a well-respected member of the legal community, with the ability to achieve excellent results for his clients. He is married with three children and has the personal experience to share clients' concerns and understand their needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is a honest, hard-working, caring attorney who will give you a 110% in defending a case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Greensboro Criminal defense Lawyer Robert O'Hale
Robert O'Hale
Criminal defense Attorney
Greensboro, NC
Licensed for 41 years