Rebecca Janet Wade

Rebecca Janet Wade

  • Criminal Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence...
  • Virginia
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Partner Rebecca Janet Wade focuses on family law and criminal defense, representing clients in cases of divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. She specializes in criminal and civil domestic violence cases, both defending clients who are facing that charge as well as representing victims of domestic violence. Ms. Wade has extensive experience with protective orders and laws involving physical abuse, assault and injury, emotional abuse, threats of violence, and more. Her work defending the mother of a young child left in a hot car seat received considerable media attention.

Ms. Wade grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law.


Right out of law school, Ms. Wade went to work for the Public Defender’s Office for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties, where she devoted more than five years to representing clients who were charged with a wide range of offenses, from traffic infractions to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution, and sex crimes.Ms. Wade tried hundreds of bench trials and more than two dozen jury trials. She also handled appeals and numerous appearances at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earning victories in both Courts.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D. (2007)
McGill University
B.A. | Major: Economics Minor: Hispanic Languages
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Professional Associations
Alexandria Bar Association
Fairfax Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Virginia State Bar # 75538
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Your Rights When Approached by Police - FAQ Friday

Waves are rolling, sand is between your toes, but a police officer is blocking your attempt to get some vitamin sea. With summer beach season at high tide, a recent viral video of an altercation between a beach goer and police raises questions about alcohol, the beach and your rights. Alcohol is not allowed on most beaches in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, but that doesn’t stop many people from imbibing. The confrontation between the 20-year-old woman and police in the video started when authorities suspected her of underage drinking. It escalated into a violent arrest after she submitted to a breathalyzer but refused to provide her last name. While hopefully these situations don’t recur, the questions remain: What were her rights, — and what are yours, — when police want answers? Rebecca Wade, criminal defense attorney at Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, says it’s vital to know your options, at the beach or anywhere, when 5-0 wants 4-1-1.

Muerte de Niños en Coches Calientes - FAQ Friday

Cada año, más o menos 40 niños mueren por haber sido dejados en un carro en el verano. Rebecca Wade, abogada de defensa criminal, explica que el problema es que en un carro la temperatura sube rapidísima. Por ejemplo, un niño puede morir en un carro aunque solo haga 70 grados afuera del carro.

D-U-I-D: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs - FAQ Friday

Criminal defense attorney Rebecca Wade says a problem that often arises with “D-U-I-D” or It’s common knowledge that the legal blood alcohol limit for driving under the influence is .08 and above. But that’s not the case for drugs, as there are only legal limits for three drug substances other than alcohol: cocaine, PCP, and methamphetamines. Criminal defense attorney Rebecca Wade says a problem that often arises with “D-U-I-D” or “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs”, is that Virginia law requires the drugs to be self-administered for a conviction.

Divorcio: Problemas Si No Eres Ciudadano - El Viernes FAQ

En el FAQ Friday de esta semana, Rebecca Wade, abogada de Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner, explica las implicaciones legales que rodean el divorcio si no eres no ciudadano en Virginia.

Non-Citizen Divorce - FAQ Friday

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Rebecca Wade, partner at Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner, explains the legal implications surrounding non-citizen divorce in Virginia.

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Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC
500 Montgomery St.
Suite 575
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 836-9030