Our Commitment to Excellence

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Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney

15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. FORMER JAG OFFICER.

If you have been arrested in the Hampton Roads area, then you need a tough defender to help you avoid conviction. At the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, we know the law and are not afraid to challenge your charges.

You should work with aggressive criminal defense attorney Shawn Cline. Over the years, Attorney Cline has helped countless individuals win their case, both civilians and military personnel. No case is too complex for him.

When you retain his services, you can be confident in his abilities:

  • 15 years in criminal law defending a wide variety of cases, including criminal felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses
  • Former active duty Judge Advocate General's Corps officer

If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal offense, civilian or military, you need to work with the Hampton Roads criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC.

HOW WE APPROACH CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES

After any arrest, the stakes are high. Without the right legal counsel, you could be facing serious penalties. Prosecutors work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum sentence available for your specific charges, so you need to work with an attorney who can aggressively match their efforts.

We can anticipate the prosecutor's course of action and strategize to secure a favorable outcome for your case. If a case cannot be settled outside of court, we can aggressively litigate on your behalf at trial. We have confidence in our ability to tenaciously defend your case.

We are dedicated to the defense of our clients, and each person interested in retaining our firm has the chance to thoroughly express their concerns during an initial consultation. When you retain our services, we can draft an effective legal strategy to help provide you with the best available outcome for your case.

At the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, we are aware that no two cases are like and we approach each case as a unique entity that deserves a personalized defense.

WE REMAIN FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL DEFENSE THROUGHOUT ALL OF HAMPTON ROADS

As a former active duty Judge Advocate General's Corps officer, Attorney Cline prosecuted and defended military cases in the western United States and various Pacific installations. When he separated from active duty as senior defense counsel, he began providing criminal defense representation for civilians and military members, retirees, and their families. Military members can turn to our firm for trusted military criminal defense, and Attorney Cline can use his knowledge of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to help protect your rights, rank, and freedoms.

CONTACT THE LAW OFFICE OF SHAWN M. CLINE TODAY!

Are you ready to move forward with your case? Now is the time to contact a dedicated Hampton Roads criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC, we are prepared to assist you with understanding the charges you are facing and to develop a personalized defense for you.

We believe that every individual should have access to trustworthy and experienced representation and we offer discounts to active and retired military members and military families. If you were arrested and are now facing criminal charges, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC and speak with a criminal defense lawyer now.

Aggressively Advocating For Our Clients

  • “Shawn is an exceptional attorney who attains outstanding results for his clients.”

    Grover Baxley (Virginia Beach Military Law Attorney)

  • “Shawn was a calming force -- with a lightening smart intellect, who helped us to understand a realistic outcome for our case.”

    Brad & Michelle A.

  • “He did whatever he could to help my family overcome an incident and did so with ease and with confidence”

    B.C.

  • “Shawn made it a point to reach out to the prosecution early and open an effective dialogue in order to effectively negotiate on my behalf.”

    Chris

  • “He made me feel comfortable about the situation.”

    Former Client

  • “He is prepared, he knows the law, he has great trial skills and he cares about his clients.”

    Crystina (Hampton Criminal Defense Attorney)

  • “ I would recommend him to anyone - he gets the job done and in my case I got the results I wanted.”

    Melisa Kasprow

  • “The staff actually answers the phones and is exceptional as well!”

    C.C.

  • “Easy to talk to, and always returned our phone calls promptly.”

    Jennifer Wright

  • “Worked hard and got me a great result on my case.”

    Former Client

  • “" This Guy is no Joke"”

    Travis

  • “His preparation and cross examination coupled with his knowledge of the law led to a complete dismissal of ALL the charges against me.”

    Former Client

  • “Fairly priced very professional.”

    Jeff Spar

  • “He saved my career and the ability for me to provide for my family! I”

    Mr. E

  • “This Attorney Was Truly In My Corner ”

    G.P.

A Track-Record Of Successful Verdicts

  • NOT GUILTY of DUI Client charged with DUI
    Virginia Beach General District Court: Client charged with DUI after one vehicle accident in which his vehicle went off the road and travelled 70 yards into a field, flipping over multiple times. After hearing the evidence and considering defense motions filed, judge found client NOT GUILTY of DUI.
  • NOT GUILTY of DUI Client charged with DUI
    Virginia Beach General District Court: Client charged with DUI as well as refusal of breathalyzer. After officer testified that client was uncooperative and rude throughout the stop, Mr. Cline was able to elicit testimony that road was slippery due to inclement weather, and that despite client's lack of cooperation he exhibited signs of not being under the influence. Judge dismissed the charge; NOT GUILTY of DUI.
  • Langley Air Force Base:
    Represented airman who had tested positive for amphetamines during random urinalysis. After fully litigated discharge board, panel voted to retain the member in the unit. Member returned to duty with no adverse effects. The last three administrative discharge boards Mr. Cline has handled (2 Navy, 1 Air Force) have resulted in the members being retained on active duty.
  • Langley Air Force Base:
    Represented airman who had tested positive for amphetamines during random urinalysis. After fully litigated discharge board, panel voted to retain the member in the unit. Member returned to duty with no adverse effects. The last three administrative discharge boards Mr. Cline has handled (2 Navy, 1 Air Force) have resulted in the members being retained on active duty.
  • Virginia Beach Circuit Court:
    Won contested firearm rights restoration case for client convicted of felony DUI as well as felony hit and run. Client had been denied his gun rights for over 10 years based upon his felony record. Secured full restoration of Second Amendment rights over the objection of the Commonwealth's Attorney after presentation of evidence of client's good character and rehabilitation.
  • Virginia Beach General District Court:
    Restored client's right to carry firearms after he lost them due to involuntary commitment into mental hospital. Client was honorably discharged veteran who will now be able to pursue employment requiring that he carry a firearm.
  • Norfolk Naval Base:
    14 year sailor accused of sexual harassment with junior sailor. Command brought sailor to Captain's Mast. On Mr. Cline's advice, sailor turned down the mast. Command brought sailor to Summary Court Martial. On Mr. Cline's advice, sailor turned down Summary Court Martial. Command took sailor to Admistrative Separation (ADSEP) Board. After fully litigated board hearing, all charges dismissed at the board, sailor retained in the Navy and returned to the fleet.
  • Hampton General District Court
    Client charged with destruction of property, assault and battery, and trespassing. All charges dismissed after Mr. Cline cross examined all Commonwealth witnesses, showing inconsistencies with forensic evidence.
  • Sailor recommended for suspended discharge
    Norfolk Naval Base ADSEP Board: Sailor recommended for suspended discharge for 12 months (allowed to remain in Navy contingent upon 12 months of good behavior) after having received 3 Captains Mast in 18 months (2 for underage drinking and one for positive urinalysis for Spice).
  • Norfolk Naval Base
    ADSEP board for 17 year chief with 5 consecutive fitness failures. After hours of testimony regarding the chief's outstanding career and efforts toward losing weight, board recommended full retention on active duty.