J. Burkhardt Beale
J. Burkhardt Beales

J. Burkhardt Beale

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Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI

An attorney at Boone Beale, PLLC, J. Burkhardt Beale focuses his practice on criminal defense matters.  Located in the firm's office in Woodbridge, Virginia, he represents clients throughout the area as well as in the greater Richmond region.  Admitted to practice in Virginia since 1980, Mr. Beale is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Mr. Beale provides aggressive advocacy to people who have been charged by the government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses.  A significant portion of his practice involves his representation of clients who have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, and he has been able to obtain dismissals or acquittals in many of these cases using various strategies.  For example, he often will question the validity of the traffic stop that led to the arrest as being made without the requisite reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed.  In other cases, Mr. Beale has challenged the administration of field sobriety tests or the calibration of the breath test machines.  When the prosecution's evidence is overwhelming, he has been able to negotiate favorable plea agreements, resulting in reduced penalties.

Mr. Beale's fellow professionals have taken note of his successful track record, and they have awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.  In addition, he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.  A 1980 recipient of a Juris Doctor from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, Mr. Beale is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and other legal organizations.

Current Employment Position
  • Attorney
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1981
Classes & Seminars
  • Drunk Driving Defense: The Scientific Aspects, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, 1989
Pro-Bono Activities
  • Salvation Army Boy's Club, 1981 to 1983
  • Richmond Jaycees, 1980 to 1982
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.