Andrew Criado

Andrew Criado

Pandak & Taves, PLLC
  • Criminal Law, Tax Law, Gov & Administrative Law ...
  • New York, Virginia
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Biography

Andrew Criado is a former Virginia prosecutor.

He represents clients throughout Northern Virginia on a variety of criminal and traffic charges. Andrew served for ten years as a prosecutor in the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where he was a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and headed the office’s White Collar/Fraud Unit.

Mr. Criado began his career as Alexandria’s traffic prosecutor, gaining expertise in DUI law. He completed the Advanced DUI Training program in Williamsburg, VA and the Prosecutor Bootcamp at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC.

From Virginia trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court, Andrew has fought tirelessly for his clients. He secured a denial of certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court in Tyree v. Virginia, where he wrote the Commonwealth’s brief in opposition. And he persuaded the Virginia Court of Appeals to grant a pretrial appeal in Commonwealth v. Lemus, a felony DUI case where the circuit court had suppressed evidence. Agreeing with Andrew’s arguments, the Court of Appeals later reversed the circuit court.

Andrew’s criminal law experience runs the gamut of adult and juvenile crimes from DUI, reckless driving, and larceny to financial exploitation, child abuse, malicious wounding, robbery, and murder. From his decade-long experience as a prosecutor, Andrew knows how to respond to investigations, answer criminal charges, and stand strong in the courtroom. He has tried over 30 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Andrew has gained a reputation as a trusted adviser, a keen legal mind, and a skilled courtroom litigator.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Property Taxes, Tax Appeals
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Legislative & Government Affairs
    Municipal Law
Fees
  • Not Currently Accepting Clients
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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Virginia
Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 76634
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4th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate
Pandak & Taves, PLLC
- Current
Senior Attorney
Robinson Law, PLLC
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Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Alexandria
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Unit Supervisor, White Collar/Fraud Unit 2017-19 Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney 2008-16
Education
The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Pennsylvania State University - University Park
B.A. (2004) | Advertising and Public Relations; Spanish
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Honors: Bunton-Waller Scholarship
Activities: Penn State Crew
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Awards
Virginia Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Awarded to only 2.5% of Virginia attorneys, who have exhibited excellence in practice.
Virginia Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Awarded to only 2.5% of Virginia attorneys, who have exhibited excellence in practice.
Clients' Choice Award
Avvo
Ten Year Public Service Award
City of Alexandria
Legal Writing Mentor
Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney
Professional Associations
Virginia Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Member
- Current
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Fairfax Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Alexandria Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Virginia State Bar  # 76634
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Memorandum for DUI cases pending before Birchfield v. North Dakota
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council
Justice Alito's Purposive Textualism
Statutory Interpretation Seminar (George Washington University Law School)
Speaking Engagements
Virginia DUI Law, Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Alexandria, VA
What is the Rule of Law?, Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project, Hammond Middle School
Juvenile Driver's License Ceremony, Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Alexandria Courthouse
Legislative Update for Law Enforcement, Alexandria Police roll call training, Alexandria Police Headquarters
Criminal Justice and Local Government, Alexandria Student Academy, Alexandria City Hall
City of Alexandria
https://www.alexandriava.gov/communications/default.aspx?id=104058#article12
Certifications
Red Flag Insurance Fraud Training
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council
Advanced DUI Program
Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council
Prosecutor Bootcamp
National Advocacy Center, U.S. Department of Justice
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