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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.

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
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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
- Current
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.
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 Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 48095
Member
Current
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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
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Legal Answers
49 Questions Answered
Q. have you even seen anyone receive jail time for getting two reckless driving tickets within a month of each other ?
A: Yes. In some jurisdictions in Virginia, judges are giving jail sentences for excessive speed Reckless Driving charges. Your son should seek legal representation in the jurisdiction(s) in which he is charged.
Q. My daughter got a ticket for going around a vehicle, and appears to be a reckless driving charge
A: It will depend on the jurisdiction in which she has to go to court. Different judges have different rules regaring driving schoo (i.e., for what charges school is eligible, how often in can be done, if it can be done in advance). You should reach out to a local attorney for advice.
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.
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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
Wednesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)