Bradley R. Haywood

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, P.L.C.
 | 10621 Jones Street, Suite 301-A
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-691-8410
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2003
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Overview

  • Columbia Law School, Juris Doctor
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Philosophy
  • 14 years of criminal defense experience
  • Over 300 trials, including dozens of jury trials
  • Extensive appellate and habeas experience
  • Death penalty certified by Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Professor of law and lecturer on advanced criminal justice topics
  • Client-centered practice
  • Founder of Justice Forward Virginia
  • Avvo 10.0 rated
  • Super Lawyers, Virginia 2016 & 2017

A former public defender, Bradley Haywood is tireless advocate for the defense, committed to passionate, aggressive, client-centered representation both inside and outside of the courtroom. His education, experience and dedication set him apart as uniquely equipped to achieve the best possible results in all trial and post-conviction cases, whether as minor as traffic infractions and public intoxication, or as serious as complex white collar crimes, federal drug conspiracies, and violent offenses such as rape, robbery or murder. 

Education and Experience

Brad Haywood graduated from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and Charles Evans Hughes Fellow, and served as Managing Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. After finishing law school, he began employment with the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, VA During his eight years as a public defender, he handled thousands of criminal and traffic cases and represented clients in hundreds of trials and dozens of criminal appeals, securing three reversals.

Haywood joined SFH in January 2012, and since then has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, including in Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lexington, Charlottesville and Waynesboro. In addition, he has been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia to defend death penalty cases, and has represented clients in six different capital murder prosecutions, not to mention several other high-profile non-capital matters. Since entering private practice, Haywood has quickly developed a reputation for superior representation in complex, serious and media-involved prosecutions, as well as post-conviction claims such as clemency, reconsideration, and petitions for writs of habeas corpus alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.

Haywood frequently serves as a lecturer on advanced criminal justice topics, having presented twice at the Virginia Bar Association Capital Defense Workshop (cell phone forensics, challenging informant (“snitch”) testimony), and twice at the Robert E. Shepherd Juvenile Law and Education Conference at the University of Richmond School of Law (false confessions, juvenile trial advocacy), in addition to speaking engagements at local CLEs and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Port of Spain, Trinidad (“The American Jury System”). Most recently, Mr. Haywood had the honor of lecturing to his former colleagues at the Virginia Public Defender Conference in Hampton, VA, in the Fall of 2016.

In recent years, Haywood has also worked in academia as an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law, teaching trial advocacy to aspiring defense attorneys. He maintains a 10.0 rating on Avvo, and in 2016 and 2017 was acknowledged by Super Lawyers magazine as among the best criminal defense attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mr. Haywood is the founder of Justice Forward Virginia, a political action committee that advocates for criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Practice Areas

Criminal misdemeanors

  • Assault & harassment: assault and battery, domestic violence, phone threats, violations of protective orders, stalking
  • Property crimes: trespass, unlawful entry, destruction of property, vandalism, petit larceny, shoplifting
  • Public order: public intoxication, disorderly conduct, obstruct justice/resisting arrest, indecent exposure, contributing to delinquency of a minor
  • Drugs & alcohol: possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, underage possession of alcohol
  • Weapons violations: possession of concealed weapon, brandishing, unlawful discharge of a firearm

Felonies

  • Narcotics & firearms: possession of drugs, drug distribution, drug manufacturing, unlawful possession/sale of firearms
  • Property & fraud crimes: burglary, destruction of property, grand larceny, credit card theft/fraud, uttering, ID theft
  • Violent crimes: robbery, malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, manslaughter, murder
  • Sex offenses: rape, aggravated sexual battery, child sex crimes, child pornography
  • White collar: embezzlement, counterfeiting, wire/bank fraud, structuring, tax evasion, insurance fraud, money laundering
  • Conspiracies, racketeering; terrorism; state and federal investigations

Traffic

  • Misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, revoked/suspended license, no valid operator’s license, hit & run
  • Infractions: speeding, sign violations, expired tags

Juvenile delinquency

– Post-conviction & civil rights

  • Criminal appeals
  • Habeas corpus: ineffective assistance of counsel, due process
  • Motions to set aside the verdict, expungements, pardon applications
  • Civil rights: excessive force, unlawful arrest, unlawful detention/false imprisonment

Education

  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI; B.A. Philosophy, 1998
  • Columbia Law School – New York, NY; J.D. 2003; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Charles Evans Hughes Fellow

Admissions

  • Virginia, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Notable Cases

  • Kim v. Director, Va. Dept. of Corr’s,103 F. Supp. 3d 749 (2016) (petition for certiorari pending in U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Commonwealth v. Turner, 65 Va. App. 312 (2015)
  • Commonwealth v. Brown, 79 Va. Cir. 659 (Alexandria 2007) (plea agreement enforced)
  • Commonwealth v. Orellana, Alexandria Cir. Ct. Case No. 12000052 (2012) (motion to set aside conviction and 28-year sentence vacated)
  • Commonwealth v. Mack Wood, Arlington Cir. Ct. Case No. CR13-984 et al (2014) (plea agreement avoiding death penalty)
  • Moore v. Commonwealth, 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 67 (2013)
  • Nunez v. Commonwealth, 2007 Va. App. LEXIS 132 (2007)
  • Rivas v. Commonwealth, 51 Va. App. 507 (2008)
  • Wilson v. Commonwealth, Rec. No. 0084-07-4 (Va. Ct. App. 2007) (conviction reversed and remanded)

 

Sheldon, Flood & Haywood's secondary office is located at 108 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22030.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (100%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017

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About Bradley Haywood

Admitted: 2003, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.sfhdefense.com/about/attorneys/bradley-r-haywood-...

Honors and Awards:

  • Super Lawyers, Virginia 2016
  • Avvo 10.0 Rated

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Death Penalty Certified, Commonwealth of Virginia

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Virginia, 2003

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Excluding Snitch Testimony: Reliability Hearings and Corroboration, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Litigating Snitches: From Reliability Hearings to Jury Instructions, 22nd Annual Capital Defense Workshop, Virginia Bar Association, 2014
  • Challenging Cell Phone Location Evidence in Court, Virginia Bar Association, 2013
  • The American Jury System, Hugh Wooding Law School, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2013
  • Author, Voir Dire; Cross-Examination, International Bridges to Justice, 2011
  • Juvenile False Confessions, Robert E. Shepherd Juvenile Law And Education Conference, 2011
  • Juvenile Trial Advocacy, Robert E. Shepherd Juvenile Law And Education Conference, 2009
  • Author, The Right to Shelter as a Fundamental Interest Under the New York State Constitution, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2003

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Wilson v. Commonwealth, Rec. No. 0084-07-4 (Va. Ct. App. 2007) (conviction reversed and remanded)
  • Rivas v. Commonwealth, 51 Va. App. 507 (2008)
  • Nunez v. Commonwealth, 2007 Va. App. LEXIS 132 (2007)
  • Moore v. Commonwealth, 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 67 (2013)
  • Commonwealth v. Mack Wood, Arlington Cir. Ct. Case No. CR13-984 et al (2014) (plea agreement avoiding death penalty)
  • Commonwealth v. Orellana, Alexandria Cir. Ct. Case No. 12000052 (2012) (motion to set aside conviction and 28-year sentence vacated)
  • Commonwealth v. Brown, 79 Va. Cir. 659 (Alexandria 2007) (plea agreement enforced)

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI; B.A. Philosophy, 1998

Industry Groups

  • Virginia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Virginians For Alternatives To The Death Penalty
  • Office Location for Bradley R. Haywood

    10621 Jones Street
    Suite 301-A
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Phone: 703-691-8410

     

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