Former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach 1985-1989
In Private Practice at the Same Location of 1023 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach Since 1989

In my more than 30 years of specializing in DUI law, defending a DUI case in Virginia Beach has never been more challenging. The cops are better trained, the prosecutors don’t like to make deals, the judges are tough, and the penalties for a conviction get more serious every year! I have defended thousands of DUIs during the course of my 30-year career, yet despite all these challenges, I still go into every one of these cases convinced I can win a good result for my client. Call (757) 491-8800  to see if I can help you!

When you and I and discuss your case by telephone or during an office consultation, I can give you a basic overview of what you are facing. After I am retained and I am able to collect and analyze the information received during the discovery process and from our discussions, you and I can then discuss how we are going to best defend this very serious charge or set of charges that have been filed against you. Expecting a lawyer to tell you what your chances are on an initial consultation is unrealistic, and often impossible, because so much of criminal defense is based upon what the Commonwealth can prove or not prove, and that requires the filing of discovery motions and the review of all the evidence in the case.

  • Reasons To Choose My DUI/DWI Law Firm
  • Free Consultations
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney
  • 30+ Years Of Experience
  • 1000s Of Trials Handled
  • Member Of The National Board Of Trial Advocacy
  • General Member Of The National College For DUI Defense
  • 100’s of satisfied customers
  • Local Knowledge
  • Known for Results

At the George Holton Yates law firm, I believe that no one can defend your interests in a DUI/driving under the influence case, or any criminal defense case for that matter, better than me and my staff. I have the experience as a defense lawyer and a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach. I have been in the Virginia Beach Courthouse just about every day for over 30 years. I have local knowledge of the judges, prosecutors and cops. I know the law! I am available to discuss your case usually the same day you call or very shortly thereafter. I charge reasonable fees, I am truly committed to my clients, and I get GREAT RESULTS!

Call (757)785-0201 to Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation For many people, a DUI is the most serious criminal charge they will ever face. I look forward to discussing your individual needs and concerns when you contact my firm.


As a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, I have the skills and insight required to handle even the most challenging criminal cases. As a Virginia Beach DUI lawyer, I will do everything we can to protect you from the serious penalties you may be facing.

Some of the penalties for first-time DUI / DWI offenses can include:

  • License revocation for 1 year
  • Minimum $250 in fines
  • Minimum 5 days in jail
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (BAC over 0.15)

Subsequent offenses carry harsher penalties. I will carefully review all the details of your arrest in order to determine if your rights were violated at any time. I can also challenge your results from blood tests, breath tests, and field sobriety test results. When it comes to defending my clients, I am relentless, thorough, and tough. I also welcome military clients.

For more than 30 years, my firm has become known for delivering legal services of the highest caliber. My team and I are committed to helping clients walk away from this difficult experience with the most favorable outcome possible.

As a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, I have focused a large part of my career on handling criminal matters from the state’s perspective. This means I know how prosecutors think from first-hand experience. I am also a member of the National College for DUI Defense, which speaks volumes about my knowledge and insight regarding this specific area of criminal law. When you turn to my firm for help, you can feel peace of mind in knowing that you are turning to a criminal defense expert.

Call our office at (757) 491-8800 for the tough Virginia Beach criminal attorney you need for your DUI / DWI case.

For Further Information Regarding DUI’s, Feel Free To Read Some Of My Blog Posts:

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