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Jarrett L. McCormack

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Virginia Beach, VA

McCormack & McCormack
484 Viking Dr, Suite 190
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: 757-463-7224
Fax: 757-463-5171
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed in Virginia Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

My practice is focused entirely on defending clients accused of criminal offenses in all Virginia courts, particularly those in Hampton Roads, and the Eastern District of Virginia federal courts.  I have represented hundreds of clients on charges ranging from reckless driving to first degree murder, and have tried hundreds of criminal bench trials and numerous jury trials in state and federal court.  I pride myself on being direct with my clients, and enjoy a positive reputation amongst prosecutors, while at the same time am extremely aggressive in defense of my clients. I have a passion for helping clients who have either been wrongfully accused or who simply made a poor choice and need help.  A large portion of my client base is comprised of active-duty and former military personnel, many of whom hold a security clearance.  Having clients like these are unique - they have so much to lose if convicted, and saving their career is an exhilarating feeling.

About Jarrett L. McCormack

First Admitted: 2010, Virginia

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Educational Background

  • Old Dominion University B.S. Criminal Justice, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Navy JAG Corps summer intern, 2007
  • I'Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court

Representative Clients

  • A Navy Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) helicopter pilot contacted our firm after being charged in Virginia Beach with Solicitation of Prostitution.  The facts of the case were damning and the evidence of guilt overwhelming, and clearly, any conviction involving this type of offense would mean the guaranteed end of our client’s distinguished Navy career, as well as would likely preclude or hamper any future civilian piloting career.  Our client, while at work, allegedly responded to a website ad which was offering sexual acts in exchange for money.  The ad was a sting operation by Virginia Beach police, who kept notes as to the contents of all discussions in response to the ads.  It was alleged that our client, both initially, as well as upon his arrival to the hotel room, asked for specific sexual acts in exchange for an agreed-upon amount of money.  A hidden camera was located in the room to capture the initial conversation between our client and the undercover female officer, as well as the subsequent arrest, on video with audio.  In addition to being charged with the class 1 misdemeanor of Solicitation, our client’s vehicle was seized by police pursuant to a statute which allows for seizure and forfeiture of a vehicle being used in furtherance of solicitation of prostitution.  A prosecutor was assigned to the case, which is unusual for most misdemeanors in Virginia Beach.  Prior to the trial date, we advised our client that he had to do invest a significant amount of time and effort into voluntary positive actions in order to have any shot at a good result for the case.  We suggested, and our client enrolled in and/or completed, a several-week prostitution intervention course, therapy with a counselor, Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings, STD testing, and community service.  Additionally, we requested and obtained our client’s personnel file from the Navy.  From this, and along with documentation of the variety of other classes and voluntary actions completed by our client, we assembled an extremely impressive package for the judge to review prior to a decision being made in the case.   Any attempt at negotiation with the prosecutor was short-lived, as there was not going to be any offer made which would be acceptable to our client.  On the day of trial, we entered a No Contest plea to the charge, and did not argue or oppose the facts as presented by the arresting officer and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.  In attendance in support of our client were his wife, parents, as well as at least two members from his command, to include his Commanding Officer.  Our request that the judge consider continuing the case for a short period of time and then dismissing the charge was met with fierce resistance by the prosecutor, whose argument was that we were simply asking the Court to treat our client differently than other charged with the same offense because of who he was in his rank and occupation.  Our response was that that was not the case – his rank and occupation certainly played a major role in it, but beyond that was the huge number of impressive steps our client voluntarily accomplished prior to the trial – something that we were comfortable guessing that nobody else had ever done before that Court.  The judge, over the prosecution’s stern objection, GRANTED our request and continued the case for two months, whereupon our client was found NOT GUILTY of the charge.  After the criminal trial was over, we succeed in having the prosecutor DISMISS the forfeiture proceeding, thereby returning our client’s vehicle to him after several months in the police impound.  Lastly, again over the prosecutor’s objections, several months later we successfully petitioned for a judge to grant our client’s request to have the charge EXPUNGED from his record.  As a result of the outstanding outcome of this case, our client’s Navy career was saved – the Navy determined that there were no facts that warranted separation action to be instituted against our client., 2015
  • A highly-respected school teacher was charged in Hampton Roads with solicitation of oral sodomy from an undercover police officer in a city park. A conviction of this charge carries severe consequences, not to mention the shame and loss of an outstanding career by our client. Additionally, the prosecutor was unwilling to offer a plea to anything acceptable to us or our client. Based upon a recent Virginia Court of Appeals decision striking down Virginia's anti-sodomy law, we immediately filed an in-depth motion to dismiss the charge as contrary to case law in that, we argued, a person cannot be charged or convicted of soliciting a felony which is no longer a felony in Virginia. As a result of our motion, the charge against our client was DISMISSED., 2013
  • A retired Navy E6 retained the law firm of McCormack & McCormack when he was arrested coming back in the country on two felony charges alleging that he was a convicted felon and attempted to purchase a firearm in Norfolk. Immediately upon meeting with our client, we became concerned with the basis of the allegations as our client was in the intelligence field throughout his service and maintained an active clearance even upon retirement. The supposed felony offense which formed the basis of the charges was purported to have occurred prior to his enlistment, which further concerned us. Once our client was released on bond, we addressed our concerns with the prosecutor. After extensive investigation into the prior allegations, the prosecutor agreed to DISMISS all charges prior to trial., 2012


  • Among the 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia under the age of 40 selected for inclusion in Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Among the 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia under the age of 40 selected for Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2020

Industry Groups

  • I'Anson Hoffman American Inn Of Court
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Office Location for Jarrett L. McCormack

484 Viking Dr
Suite 190
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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