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Paula Hough

Paula Hough

Experienced Richmond DUI, DWI, Traffic Ticket Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Virginia
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Biography

Mrs. Hough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Mrs. Hough worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mrs. Hough was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction. During law school, Mrs. Hough also worked full-time as the Information Specialist for The Death Penalty Information Center where she delivered presentations about capital punishment to state, national and international organizations and even provided expert testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. She graduated from the Columbus School of law cum laude in 2002. Mrs. Hough joined the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 where she zealously represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Mrs. Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys. Mrs. Hough joined the Gordon Law Firm in 2007 where she took the responsibility of opening the firm’s Central Virginia office. In 2009 she opened her own law practice, Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.. After the birth of their first child in 2010, Mrs. Hough left her firm to join her husband and they opened BernsteinHough, P.C. Mrs Hough is currently on the Executive Board of the Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Assocation.

Education
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Honors: “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” Fellowship Award
Activities: Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Executive Board
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University of Florida
B.A. (1995) | Criminology and Law
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Professional Experience
Partner
BernsteinHough, P.C.
- Current
Partner
Law Office of Gregory R. Hough
- Current
Partner
Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.
- Current
Attorney
Gordon Law Firm
- Current
Attorney
Fairfax County Public Defender's Office
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Represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Mrs. Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys.
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 48095
Member
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Richmond Metro Women's Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
Executive Board Member
- Current
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Henrico County Bar Associaiton
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
Additional Practice Areas
  • Expungement
  • Restoration of Driving Privileges
  • Restoration of Firearm Rights
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I got 4 tickets and i have no license what should i do?
A: You should have an attorney at least for the driving without a license charge, as it is a criminal misdemeanor. If you cannot afford an attorney, you should ask the Judge to appoint an attorney for you. An attorney can also help you potentially get the other charges dismissed or reduced.
Q. Will I be summoned as a witness?
A: You should expect a summons to come to court as a witness in this case. If you have not been summoned, but wish to testify, you should reach out to the Commonwealth's Attorney (prosecutor) in the city/county in which the offense occurred to make sure that you do get a subpoena for the case.
Q. If a person waives their right to counsel at their arraignment and later decide they do want counsel how do they do so?
A: You do not need to do anything other than hire and attorney. Waiving your right to counsel at arraignment doesn't mean you can't have an attorney. It just allows the court to proceed with your case in the event that you don't have one. If you have an attorney with you (or if the attorney notifies the court that they represent you) then the court will go forward with that attorney as counsel of record.
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Contact & Map
BernsteinHough, P.C.
4110 East Parham Rd
#201
Richmond, VA 23228
Telephone: (804) 864-9424
Fax: (804) 864-9430
Monday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 7 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed