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Brian M. Latuga

Brian M. Latuga

I fight to maintain your liberty and protect your rights! Call now!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Virginia
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Mr. Latuga uses his years of experience as a police officer, prosecutor, and EMT to serve his clients. I have known him since he was a police officer going to law school at night. He is hard working and extremely intelligent. He is one of the most polite and professional attorneys I have ever met.
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Mack M. August 12, 2020
Excellent Choice Mr. Latuga was fantastic from the start. He replied to my inquiries over a weekend as we had initial scheduling conflicts and moving forward, he was very flexible and always made time to talk with me about my predicament (being a hefty speeding ticket). He cited several cases much like mine that he had previously dealt with and the results, and assured me that he could help me accomplish my goals without pressuring me to decide one way or the other. Simply stated all the facts and dynamics succinctly and advised in the most unbiased way possible. Additionally, he was very familiar with the judges and court system, and had inciteful comments on how he expected things to go while not omitting the possible alternatives. Ultimately, he resolved my issue and achieved more than I could have asked for or expected, getting my speeding ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. Prior to the court date, he touched base to ensure he had all the documents he needed from me, and really got down to brass tax about my history and who I was as a person to help provide a judge of character to the judge and officer. After the hearing, he promptly called me with the results and made sure I was well informed on how to check on the updated status of my charge, how to contact the court, and options for paying my fee. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Latuga was informative, understanding, professional, and inciteful; he really made me feel like he could take on any case and genuinely connect with any client.
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Brian M. Latuga dedicates his practice to Criminal Defense in state and federal courts. He is a skilled trial attorney, a 2nd Amendment advocate, and is well-versed in a variety of fields. Brian fights for your freedom to return you to your family, to your children, and your job. He handles all serious felony and misdemeanor cases including domestic, white collar, violent, sexual, and those involving minors. He will provide experienced and knowledgeable representation in related civil litigation and forfeiture matters. He is especially passionate about defending caregivers accused of "Shaken Baby" or child abuse.

Brian became a Police Officer in 2005 and served with both the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Third Police Precinct and its Traffic Safety Unit. During his policing career Brian made hundreds of criminal arrests, conducted well over 400 DUI investigations and issued thousands of summonses. He is certified and proficient in RADAR, LIDAR, Commercial Motor Vehicle Weighing, the Alco-Sensor FST (the Preliminary Breath Test), Advanced Crash Investigations, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, and Advanced SWAT. He was a licensed operator of the current DUI breath alcohol instrument for over six years. Brian has a thorough working knowledge of police training, certifications, tactics, procedures and the intricacies of criminal law.

Brian is also a former Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the City of Virginia Beach. In both judge and jury trials Brian has litigated nearly all crimes, including Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter, Assault and Battery- Law Enforcement, Larceny, Burglary, Robbery, Malicious and Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Rape, Robbery, DUI-Manslaughter, DUI-Maiming and Murder.

Brian graduated 2nd in his class from Regent University Law School - Summa Cum Laude. As a former EMT-Intermediate, VBPD Officer, and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Brian will exceed your expectations.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Juvenile Law
    White Collar Crime
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
    Animal & Dog Law
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    On personal Injury and select civil lawsuits only
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney
Prosecutor of all levels of criminal offenses including larceny, burglary, drug offenses including distribution, rape, robbery and murder. Hundred of trials conducted including many jury trials. Inaugural member of the first Virginia Beach dedicated DUI Prosecution Team
Police Officer
Virginia Beach Police Department
Patrol Officer; Traffic Safety Unit (DUI/ DWI) Officer for three years; Intox EC/IR -II Licensed Operator; RADAR and LIDAR Certified
Regent University School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Juris Doctor
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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James Madison University
B.S. (2004) | Chemistry
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Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia 2021
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Legal Elite - Criminal Law
Virginia Business Magazine
Top Lawyer of 2019/2020
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Legal Elite - Criminal Law
Virginia Business
Top Lawyer of 2018/2019
Costal Virginia Magazine
Readers' Choice Award
Virginia Pilot
Top Lawyer of 2017/2018
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 86300
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorney's
- Current
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Articles & Publications
The Fight Over a "Deadly Weapon"
Website Blog
Speaking Engagements
DUI Bootcamp, Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association - CLE, Norfolk
Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
Panelist with a Norfolk General District Court Judge and a fellow defense attorney on DUI defense
Hotel Safety, Security and Liability, Virginia Beach Hotel Association Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach Oceanfront - Mariott
Virginia Beach Hotel Association
Panelist for the Virginia Beach Hotel Association's Annual Meeting covering topics on safety, security, liability of innkeepers, liability to third-parties, evictions and other topics concerning innkeepers
Police Officer
Websites & Blogs
Wolcott Rivers Gates- Brian Latuga, Esq.
Legal Answers
21 Questions Answered
Q. If I am to challenge the lawfulness of an arrest in Virginia, is this done during the jury trial or before trial?
A: If it is a challenge to reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or other constitutional challenge then that is a pretrial motion under the statute you cited.
Q. Can you be charged in Virginia for drug possession for giving someone mushrooms while in DC, before driving back to VA?
A: The question you're asking would require a bit of legal research, knowledge of the exact text messages and circumstances, and is going to be best addressed by your lawyer representing you in court. Bring this issue up with your lawyer so they can properly represent you - and if you don't have a lawyer, you absolutely need to get one.
Q. If I caught charges while on probation but my probation term ends before I’m found guilty of anything can I get violated
A: Yes, probation violations may be brought after the period ends so long as the offense date was during the probation/ good behavior period. There are some exclusions due to time of filing, but typically the charge may be brought for up to one year after the end of probation.
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Wolcott Rivers Gates
200 Bendix Road
Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 687-3657
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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