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Kristin Paulding

Kristin Paulding

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  • Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, DUI & DWI ...
  • Virginia
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Summary

At 7 Cities Law I specialize in Criminal Defense and Juvenile Law. I started my legal career eight years ago as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where I tried hundreds of criminal cases. My experience extends from the most serious of violent felonies like Murder or Sexual Assault to misdemeanors such as Traffic Offenses, Domestic Violence and School Disciplinary Hearings. I was recently selected by the National Trial Lawyers as one of their Top 40 Under 40. I pride myself on being prepared and working with my clients as a team to get the best result in our case. No problem is too big if we work together to find a solution. Call now to set up a free consultation. I will work with your schedule to see you as soon as possible. I look forward to talking with you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Tickets
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    45 minute free consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, American Express
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    Payment Plans are available.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's Office
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As a prosecutor I handled hundreds of criminal and traffic cases in Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile Court. These included murder cases, robberies, sexual assaults, DUI's, larcenies, burglaries, drug cases, fraud cases and many more.
Education
State University of New York - Buffalo
J.D. (2007) | Law
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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State University of New York - Buffalo
B.A. (2004) | Political Science
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Michigan State University
Political Science
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Awards
Top 40 under 40
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
Eastern District of Virginia
Member
- Current
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Virginia Supreme Court
Certified Guardian Ad Litem
- Current
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Certified Criminal Attorney for Indigent Defendants
- Current
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Virginia Beach Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Virginia State Bar
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
DUI
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DUI Breath Test
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. How do I help get the Domestic A&B charges dropped when I specifically told the magistrate she only wanted a 72hr order?
A: The Commonwealth Attorney's Office in your jurisdiction will likely be prosecuting your husband. They will subpoena you for the case and you will be a witness to what happened. You can call their office and find out who is handling the case and ask to speak with them. Some jurisdictions will drop domestic violence charges when the victim requests it, others will not. You will need to speak with the prosecutor to see where they stand on the issue.
Q. 1st offense, DWI ,underage (19), blew a .007 at station , active duty military already NJPd. What am I looking at?
A: There is a specific Virginia Code Section for people under the age of 21 who have been arrested for DUI. Under 18.2-266.1 if you are under 21 and you are driving with a BAC of .02 to .08 you can be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine. It sounds like your BAC of .007 is below that. I would recommend talking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer because you may have some defenses to this charge.
Q. SO WHAT IF ITS A FIRST TIMER AND IT GOT CHARGE WITH ASSAULT BATTERY ON A FAMILY MEMBER WHAT THE RESULT
A: Assault and Battery on a Family Member is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine. However, if you are found guilty or the Court determines there is enough evidence to find you guilty you can be given a deferred finding. A deferred finding option is available for first time offenders. With a deferred finding you will be placed on good behavior for 2 years. The Court may require you to complete anger management or a substance abuse assessment. After 2 years if you do everything the Court asks of you then the charge can be dismissed. If you violate the terms of the deferred finding the Court will find you guilty of the offense.
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Contact & Map
7 Cities Law
291 Independence Blvd
Bldg. 4, Suite 223
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Telephone: (757) 716-7494
Fax: (757) 716-7492