Client Reviews & Case Results
I’m going to start by saying that this lawyer saved my family. I made the bad decision to have a beer or two and drive. I was pulled over and blew a .09. We went to general district court first and he fought like it was his family. We took it to circuit court and I walked out with a reckless driving. My career was on the line and I’m so happy to say that he helped me keep my families livelihood and gave me another change to be a productive member of society. I have to say that I really thought that we didn’t have a chance, but he has restored my faith in lawyers. Thank you Chris for saving my family and career. Jermaine, Avvo.com
Mr. Goff was very attentive in responding to my calls and keeping me updated about developments in my case. In the courtroom, you will not find a more prepared, thorough, and effective litigator in his practice area. Mr. Goff provided first class legal representation without the overpriced lawyer bill. Though certainly not the cheapest option around (you get what you pay for!), I found Mr. Goff’s services were a tremendous value in hindsight. Highly recommended. Client
A friend and I were arrested the same day for the same charge. I hired Mr. Voltin and she went with a public defender. He argued my case clearly but aggressively in court. I was given a much easier sanction and the charges were dismissed soon after. I have a completely clean record again. I was unfamiliar with the legal proceedings and processes and he helped me navigate throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Mr. Voltin; he is honest, professional, dedicated, easy to talk to, and kept me informed of everything he was doing to help my case. Andrew, Avvo.com
My previous lawyer was unable to get me bond for weeks. The old lawyer didn’t even have time to visit me, or answer my calls. I was advised by a friend to hire Joshua, and that he was an excellent lawyer. Best decision I could have made. he met with me the same day, and got me bond the next day. He comes off as a nice guy at first.. which concerned me. I was worried he wouldn’t be assertive enough in court. but he’s one of the few lawyers who actually spends time researching the case instead of just “winging it” and counting on a plea bargain. On my court day, I was amazed. it was like he was a different person. there really was “no more Mr.Nice-guy”. he made the prosecution look downright stupid. Even the judge had to ask, “so what did the defendant do wrong?”. CASE DISMISSED. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of quality legal representation. Like my friend said, “he’s one of the few lawyers who actually works hard and isn’t corrupted by the money.”Ehab, Avvo.com
Extremely knowledgeable, well versed, honest, dedicated and personable. I highly recommend Mr. Voltin to anyone in need of a professional lawyer. This man is in this career because he has an overall passion for law and representing those in need, I personally turned to him after a reckless driving by speed charge. Almost double the speed limit and facing 12 months in jail, loss of license, my job and a $2500 fine, I walked out of the courtroom not only free and license intact but with just a small fine. Under any circumstances the outcome will vary but the odds are heavily in your favor with Mr. Voltin at bat for you. Anytime I had any questions or concerns he was prompt with a response and pulled no stops to ensure the best possible outcome for my case. Not only is he very knowledgeable in defense he’s honest and professional. Those are the best characteristics I found within him, not the ONLY characteristics but those among all the other things you want I a lawyer stood out the most. I will gladly hire him again if I should ever need to do so, and I strongly encourage anyone else to do the same. Take it from me for the first time, then once you have the opportunity to have him represent you, you won’t need anyone else’s opinion if you too, should need a lawyer again in the future.
Mr. Goff did an outstanding job in my case. He is always very diligent in returning phone calls and working on my case. While he is nice and approachable in person, he is very aggressive in court. I saw a lot of other attorneys in court and Mr. Goff was by far the best prepared and most aggressive. Highly recommended.Client, Avvo.com
Excellent. Mr. Voltin is an incredibly intelligent lawyer who knows exactly what he is doing and dealing with. I was facing two charges: a marijuana possession charge and an obstruction of fire apparatus charge. These were my first two charges and Mr. Voltin comfortably explained to me the many ways he can defend my case. He showed no hesitation or confusion during my trial, presenting clear points/information to the judge. I was found not guilty and both my charges ended up getting dropped. He is also working on expunging my record. I was very satisfied with Mr. Voltin’s work and his determination to help me. I recommend anyone who is looking for an attorney to consider having Mr. Voltin represent them seeing as how he is clearly knowledgable and was very prepared for my trial. Yonas, Avvo.com
Mr. Goff handled a false allegation that my ex girlfriend made against me. Seeing him in the courtroom cross examining the witnesses was like watching Tiger Woods play golf in his prime. By the end of his questions the witness was literally stammering over his own words. He was very prepared and thorough and was extremely aggressive. He also answered all of my questions and always returned phone calls promptly. I would never go to any other attorney after Mr. Goff.
Chris is incredibly motivated to put forth the best defense possible. I met with other lawyers for a free consultation about my case and no one else thought there was a way to defend me or that there was a defense worth trying. Chris found many ways to develop a defense for my case and in the end was able to get all of my charges dropped. He was very committed and I am very glad I chose him as my defense attorney!Client, Avvo.com
Mr. Goff, represented me zealously just recently, And was able to have my charges dropped and me probation reinstated. He cares about his clients and I would recommend him to anyone.Andre, Avvo.com
If you need a litigator, an attorney who will work hard and fight for your case, I can recommend Chris Voltin. I was facing a serious charge. Chris Voltin did not make me feel that my only option was to make a deal that would result in a permanent mark on my record. He gave me good advice on all of my legal options and let me make my own decision. He then fought for me at trial to bring the Truth to light before the judge. I was found not guilty and left the court room a free man.
Josh was able to provide me with an expert opinion regarding my family law circumstance. In a highly complicated situation, Josh provided flawless legal counsel which led to a quick resolution of the matter. Josh is definitely the best attorney I know and he does his job with the utmost integrity. Client, Avvo.com
My daughter was away at college in the Newport News area when she was charged with underage possession of alcohol. After some research I stumbled upon Mr. Voltin and I could not have made a better choice for an attorney. He was very professional from start to finish. He took his time to explain the charges to my daughter and me along with the consequences if she to be found guilty. Long story short, he was able to get the commonwealth to drop the charges. No fines or community service. I hope we do not need legal help again but if we do, Chris Voltin would be the first person we call.David, Avvo.com
Mr. Voltin has represented me on 3 court hearings in the Newport News Va area. I was from out of state with a child/family case matter, and Mr. Voltin took my case with no questions or hesitation. From the first phone conversation, Mr. Voltin had my attention, very knowledgeable, and quick to get a outline and plan into action, very detailed and stays with the course of action. He’s very straight forward and no bs. I trust him as a lawyer and a friend. Mr. Voltin proved my innocence in all 3 court hearings. Very professional and knowledgeable inside and outside the court room. I highly recommend Mr. Voltin for any type of legal advice or representation. Mr. Voltin is very passionate to his job as a legal representative. Let Mr. Voltin’s experience be your guide, I promise you will not regret it.Kenneth, Avvo.com
CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER.
The attorneys of Goff Voltin, PLLC have handled hundreds of cases. Below is a sample of some of their results:
Criminal Charges in Isle of Wight County: DUI, Reckless Driving, and Safety Belt Violation
Chris discussed the case with the Attorney for the Commonwealth prior to trial. After the discussion, the Commonwealth elected to proceed with the DUI but drop the Safety Belt Violation and the Reckless Driving charge. After a lengthy General District Court hearing, Chris argued that the Commonwealth failed to prove the DUI charge beyond a reasonable doubt and the Judge agreed. The Client was found not guilty and free to leave.
Criminal Charges in Williamsburg and James City County: Multiple Counts (x5) of Possession of a Controlled Substance
Client was charged with multiple felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Josh researched and drafted a pretrial “Motion to Suppress” challenging the authority of the police officer to search the client’s vehicle. After a lengthy hearing, the Judge granted the “Motion to Suppress.” All charges against the client were dismissed.
Criminal Charge in Portsmouth: Assault and Battery of a Family Member
Client was charged with Assault and Battery of a Family Member. Prior to the trial, the Commonwealth made an offer for the typical first offender disposition. The client however was not excited about the offer and wanted to take the matter to trial. At the trial, Chris made a technical argument during his motion to strike and the Court granted the motion. The case was then dismissed and the client was free to leave.
Criminal Charge in Newport News: Felony Habitual Offender, 2nd or Subsequent
Client was charged with a felony count of driving as a habitual offender, second or subsequent offense, which is punishable by a mandatory minimum of one year in prison. The client was stopped for speeding and acknowledged that he knew he was a habitual offender. At trial, Josh objected to the introduction of the prior conviction because of how it was drafted. After a lengthy argument and deliberation, the trial court sustained the objection and ultimately found the client guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to avoiding a felony conviction, the client only received a fine and time served instead of one year in prison.
Civil Case in Newport News: Protective Order
Client was facing a permanent protective order for family abuse. At trial, Chris successfully impeached the opposing party through cross-examination and the Court denied the protective order. Then, on appeal in the Circuit Court, Chris again convinced the Judge to deny the protective order.
Criminal Charges in Newport News: Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Credit Card Fraud
Client, a juvenile, was charged with robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and credit card fraud. The client’s previous attorney withdrew from the case because the client would not take the plea bargain offered by the Commonwealth. After extensive trial preparation, Josh requested a jury trial. The jury found the client not guilty of all charges and he was thereafter allowed to return to his school.
Criminal Charge in Newport News: Underage Possession of Alcohol
Client was charged with underage Possession of Alcohol, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Prior to trial, Chris was able to convince the Commonwealth to continue the case for 6 months and to place the Client on good behavior terms. After the 6 month continuance, the Client had no new charges and the Commonwealth agreed to drop the charge.
Criminal Charges in Williamsburg and James City County: Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer and Possession of a False Identification
Client was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and possessing a false ID, a Class 6 felony and Class 1 misdemeanor respectively. In addition to being labeled a convicted felon for the rest of his life, the client faced a mandatory minimum six months in jail if convicted. Josh and the client requested a jury trial in which three separate police officers testified. Josh worked with the client to ensure that he was prepared to tell his side of the story to the jury. The client testified and denied ever striking the officer in question. The jury found the client not guilty of all charges.
Criminal Charges in Chesapeake: Felony Evade and Elude, Reckless Driving (84 in 35), Driving without a License, and a Show Cause from a Prior Conviction
Prior to trial, Chris persuaded the Commonwealth to amend the Felony Evade and Elude charge to a misdemeanor. The Client then entered a guilty plea for the amended charge as well as all of the other misdemeanor charges. However, prior to sentencing, Chris presented mitigating evidence and was able to convince the Judge to take the matter under advisement. In other words, Chris presented compelling evidence and convinced the Judge to withhold a guilty verdict and to place the Client on specific terms and conditions. At the conclusion of the case, the Judge dismissed the Driving without a License and Evade and Elude charges, reduced the Reckless Driving to Speeding, and found the Client guilty of the Show Cause.
Criminal Charge in Newport News: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Client was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Client fired his previous lawyer because he wanted to reject the plea bargain offered by the Commonwealth and take the case to trial. Upon listening to the client and reviewing the discovery, Josh filed a motion to suppress based on the unlawful arrest of the client. Even though a controlled substance was found in the client’s pocket, the case was dismissed because the Judge agreed that the client was arrested unlawfully.
Criminal Charge in Newport News: Malicious Wounding
Client was charged with Malicious Wounding, a Class 3 Felony. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison. Prior to trial, Chris was able to convince the Commonwealth to reduce the charge to Assault and Battery, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Client accepted the Commonwealth’s offer and entered a guilty plea to the Class 1 misdemeanor.
Criminal Charge in Hampton: Aiding the Escape of a Prisoner
Client was charge with aiding the escape of a prisoner from a local jail, a felony. Client was nearly finished with his sentence and adamantly maintained his innocence. Josh worked with the client and prepared him to tell his side of the story to a jury. After an initial hung jury, the Commonwealth later agreed to drop the charge.
Custody Case in Williamsburg and James City County
Chris’s client was a father fighting for custody of his daughter. At trial in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Mother won the contentious custody case. On appeal in the Circuit Court, Chris used witness subpoenas, discovery, and a subpoena duces tecum to collect the necessary evidence for trial. Through these efforts, Chris discovered the Mother had been using illegal drugs. On the day of Court, Chris showed some of his evidence to opposing counsel and was able to convince the opposing party to give up custody of the child. Chris essentially built such a strong case that he was able to convince the Mother to give up custody even though she had won in the lower court.
Custody Case in Newport News
Client was involved in a heated custody dispute with her ex-husband. Ex-husband had a good military job and had recently remarried and claimed he could provide a better standard of living for the children. After working extensively with the client to prepare the case, the Judge denied the father’s motion to change custody after hearing evidence about the client’s parenting abilities following a lengthy contested hearing. Client won the case despite the guardian ad litem for the child siding with the father.
Criminal Charge in Norfolk: Embezzlement
Client was charged with Embezzlement from a local big box store. The client was alleged to have taken the property of the store while working a shift at the cashier counter. Prior to trial, Chris issued a subpoena duces tecum to the local big box store for any and all video surveillance from the date in question. After a review of the video footage, Chris was able to successfully cross-examine the big box store’s loss prevention officer about the alleged incident. In his cross-examination, Chris was able to get the loss prevention officer to admit the situation looked suspicious but that she did not know what actually happened. At the conclusion of the trial, Chris argued the Commonwealth failed to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt and the Judge agreed. The charge was dismissed.
Criminal Charge in Gloucester: Assault and Battery Against a Family or Household Member
On an appeal from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Josh researched and prepared a “Motion to Dismiss” for an Assault and Battery Against a Family or Household Member charge. In his motion, Josh argued the alleged victim did not meet the definition of a family or household member and the case must therefore be dismissed. At the pretrial motion hearing, the Judge agreed with Josh’s position and dismissed the charge.