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Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer

Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer

Wolcott Rivers Gates
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, White Collar Crime
  • Virginia
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Summary

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.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
4th Circuit
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor
Regent University School of Law
- Current
Partner and Marketing Chair
Wolcott Rivers Gates
- Current
Law Clerk
Maricopa County District Attorney's Office
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Education
Regent University School of Law
J.D.
Carroll College
B.A. | Double Major History and Political Science
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
American Association of Premmier DUI Attorneys
Founding Member
- Current
The American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers for Virginia
- Current
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board Member
- Current
National College of DUI Defense
- Current
The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
Top 100 DUI Attorneys In Virginia
- Current
CBDX
Founder and Past President
- Current
James Kent American Inn of Court
- Current
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Former Young Lawyers Chair and Current Circuit Court Liaison Chair
- Current
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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
28 Questions Answered

Q. How can I verify that he person who drew my blood in a DUI was qualified to do so in the state of Virginia.
A: You’ll need to get the name of the person who drew the blood from a discovery response from the Commonwealth Attorney. Thereafter you’ll need to check to see if that person is qualified under 18.2-268.5.
Q. Can I refuse a breath or blood test until I have a lawyer present?
A: No, you’ll still be charge with refusal because it is a civil violation.
Q. In Virginia in 2018 are you allowed to refuse a blood test?
A: You can refuse but you will most likely be charged with refusal and risk having a one year civil license suspension.
Q. I was pulled over for DUI on June 29th my court date is not until November 7th that is arraignment on August 22nd for su
A: If you are not getting the level of representation you want you should consider hiring private counsel.
Q. Suppression motion felony DUI
A: See https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title19.2/chapter15/section19.2-266.2/ The local rules of court also impact the timing of motions. Additionally, the parties can normally modify timing by agreement.
Q. Can you get a DUI on a bicycle?
A: A bicycle does not count as a “motor vehicle” in Virginia. However you can be charged with reckless biking.
Q. Appeal Felony DUI
A: It is possible to have the court stay your sentence pending your appeal to the Court of Appeals but it is very rare.
Q. Motion to Suppress Evidence - Felony DUI
A: Generally, motions to suppress are to be raised before trial and heard before trial unless the parties agree to consolidate the matters for trial. Please see Virginia Code 19.2-266.2. https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title19.2/chapter15/section19.2-266.2/
Q. Motion to suppress evidence DUI felony case
A: The motion to suppress can happen before court, or in some cases, the parties will agree to hear the matter before the trial. The judge will review the motion and hear the evidence regarding the motion and thereafter make a ruling.
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Stephen Pfeiffer Virginia Beach DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
200 Bendix Road, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
USA
Telephone: (757) 554-0258
Cell: (757) 554-0258
Fax: (757) 497-7267