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Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer

Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer

Your Go-To DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • DUI & DWI
  • Virginia
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Biography

Stephen P. Pfeiffer is known locally as the “Go-To-DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney.” Stephen is a partner at Wolcott Rivers Gates, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Virginia Beach. Stephen has been published as a coauthor in the in the nationally recognized “Inside the Minds” series by Aspatore Books on ­The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases “A Practitioner’s Everyday Insight Into DWI/DUI Defense in Virginia”. Stephen has an AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence. Stephen was selected as a member of the National College of DUI Defense Attorneys and has been recognized as one of the top 100 DUI attorneys in Virginia by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. Additionally, Stephen is consistently recognized as one of Virginia's Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine as well as being selected as a "Rising Star" by Virginia Super Lawyers. Recently Stephen was selected as Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers for Virginia by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Additionally, Stephen is a founding member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. Stephen has also recently received recognition from the NACDA as a "Top 10 Under 40" for DUI Defense. Additionally, Stephen has been named a "Top Lawyer" by Coastal Virginia Magazine. Stephen was the American Bar Association's 2007 National Champion in Legal Negotiations and serves as an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law.

Education
Regent University School of Law
J.D.
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Carroll College
B.A. | Double Major History and Political Science
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Professional Experience
Partner and Marketing Chair
Wolcott Rivers Gates
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Adjunct Professor
Regent University School of Law
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Law Clerk
Maricopa County District Attorney's Office
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Publications
Articles & Publications
“Inside the Minds” Series ­The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases “A Practitioner’s Everyday Insight Into DWI/DUI Defense in Virginia”
Aspatore Books
Speaking Engagements
DUI Bootcamp, Norfolk
Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
Presented to local attorneys and judges regarding the nuances of DUI Defense. From the initial client intake through trial, we will go through the documents needed, questions to ask and information to look for in order to perform a full case analysis for the client and prepare a defense. The session will break DUI Defense into five stages: 1). The Stop 2). The Arrest 3). The BAC 4). Reasonable Doubt and 5). Mitigation and Presentation of Your Case
Certifications
DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course
NHTSA
Awards
AV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence.
Top 100 DUI Attorneys
National Advocacy for DUI Defense
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers for Virginia
American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 40 Under 40
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
Rising Star
Virginia Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Central Business District Association
Board Member
- Current
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American Association of Premmier DUI Attorneys
Founding Member
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The American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers for Virginia
- Current
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Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board Member
- Current
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National College of DUI Defense
- Current
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The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
Top 100 DUI Attorneys In Virginia
- Current
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CBDX
Founder and Past President
- Current
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James Kent American Inn of Court
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Virginia Beach Bar Association
Former Young Lawyers Chair and Current Circuit Court Liaison Chair
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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4th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
    DUI & DWI
Additional Practice Area
  • Manslaughter
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Would it be a 3rd DWI within 10yrs if one offense was 18yrs ago in 2004?
A: It should not be a felony if the first was back in 2004.
Q. what is the penalty for first time 18.2-266. Inside car @ wawa to get water and composure; passed out. 911 call to er.
A: If you’re convicted of a DWI in Virginia your license to drive must be suspended for 12 months. TheCourt is allowed to grant you a restricted driving license with interlock for a certain period of time. Additionally you’re facing up to a $2500 fine and up to one year in jail. Depending what your BAC was there could be a potential for mandatory jail time.
Q. What does DWI:Drugs mean? Is it alcohol and drugs or just one of them
A: I means the government suspects you were driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
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Your Go-To DUI Lawyer
Contact & Map
Stephen Pfeiffer Virginia Beach DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
200 Bendix Road, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 554-0258
Cell: (757) 554-0258
Fax: (757) 497-7267