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Client Reviews and Testimonials

I had a possession felony on my record from years ago. I got my civil rights restored. Mr. Penn helped me get my restoration of firearms back and concealed weapon permit! He gets the job done in a very professional and timely manor. Thanks Carleton Penn!!

September 16, 2017

I received a reckless ticket for going 91 in a 55 on Leesburg Pike. Carelton Penn asked me to provide him with a few things, like my driving record and a driving calibration for my vehicle. The night before the hearing I was stressing out the whole time. The day I showed up to the trial he was waiting outside and told me that he would speak with the prosecutor. He came out and told me to come in with him in the courtroom. When they called my name, I was only given a speeding ticket. No misdemeanor, no suspended license. I owe this man so much for his work and effort. He truly cares about his clients. Thank you Mr.Penn.

September 15, 2017

I was pulled over for doing 86 on the Dulles Toll road. Automatic reckless. He negotiated it down to just a speeding ticket.

I reached out to Carlton, got his voice mail. But I received a call back almost immediately from both him and his assistant. They gave me great advice and tolde exactly what to expect.

I was able to have the consultation over the phone.

April 17, 2017

Mr Penn and his assistant, Jiatae, were very professional and friendly, easy to speak with concerning my issue. He gave me great advice and directed any needed actions on my own part to help them with my case. I was more then happy to do this/anything for them to resolve my problem. I am very happy with the court results of my case. Mr. Penn did a great job, great service oh my behalf and I would hire him again if ever needed!

March 29, 2017

I had the opportunity to be represented by Mr. Penn in an alleged domestic violence case. Not only did he do his utmost to defend me but also, turned the testimony around in my favor, and we won the case. I wholeheartedly recommend him for any person facing various and serious charges. Mr. Penn has decades of professional experience in his field and he also has great sense of humor, which is sometimes needed in such cases.

March 27, 2017

did a great job for me with short notice and not great record 🙁

January 17, 2017

December 2015 I was cited for failure to yield left turn, my first at fault accident in 53 years of driving. I questioned the construct of intersection. Was referred to Mr. Penn. He spent over 2 (no cost) hours at initial meeting discussing accident. At the end of session he recommended not guilty position. I accepted his services. On May 16th we went to court. Mr. Penn worked with police officer and together recommended drop of charge and judge agreed. Very satisfied with outcome!

May 20, 2016

Carleton Penn did an awesome job and I would recommend him to anyone.

July 18, 2015

I had a very good experience with Mr. Penn, He was helpful with all questions about my case and kept me informed about what to expect. and we won my case!

June 22, 2015

Reckless driving charge of 88/55 dropped to a speeding ticket with fine of $110. Very easy to deal with and I would highly recommend.

January 22, 2015

Had a great experience with Carleton!
I received an 87/55 reckless driving by speed citation on the Dulles Toll Rd.
He was able to get it reduced to improper driving.
It’s obvious that he’s been doing this for a while.

January 8, 2015

Carleton Penn III did his job.

Had a DWI with a refusal in Prince William County. We went to court 3 times and the 3rd time was the charm. DWI dropped completely. Pleaded guilty to the refusal with only a suspended driver’s license for the commonwealth of Virginia for 12 months, that’s it. No fine, no points, no dmv, no interlock, no classes, no jail time, only the no driving only in the commonwealth of Virginia.

I hope that I never have to use Carleton again. However if you do, get him. He is well worth it.

His working knowledge of all the players involved was vital to me getting the best of a bad situation.

December 10, 2014

The day of my court I actually missed it by 20 minutes because I had no child care when I went into the court room they said my felony hit and run causing death/injury and falsifying insurance had been dropped because my lawyer represented me, his office is next to fairfax court so I ran over and thanked him, it was my fault for not having responsible childcare bringing my son to court and running 15 minutes late but he took care of it. He always returns my calls sometimes within 5 minutes but always the same day. I was so scared bein 24 a single mom and 2 felonies against me but he got them dropped in my preliminary hearing without me even being there. I highly recommend him but also recommend being at your court date that was a huge mistake of mine and I’m beyond lucky I had a lawyer that was able to get my felinies dropped even tho I got to the courtroom late. I highly recommend him if you need a lawyer he’s caring and does his job no matter how hard the case! Thank you mr. Penn

December 9, 2014

Mr. Penn did a wonderful job with my case. He had everything under control. He very personable, funny, and created an environment of ease under the pressure I was feeling. When I first brought him my case, he was very knowledgeable of what course of action I needed to complete. He was willing and able to take my case four days before my court date and with four to five other cases that same day. I was blessed by him being my lawyer.

September 29, 2014

Carleton came highly recommended to me, and I couldn’t of asked for a better representation for myself in the courtroom. Carleton will fight for justice where justice is deserved and he has my recommendation and support 100%.

September 23, 2013

I was facing assault charges in Fairfax, VA and Mr. Penn was able to have the charges dismissed. I was facing a potential jail sentence, $2,500 in fines and possible medical reimbursement for the complainant’s broken nose. Mr. Penn’s knowledge and expertise were invaluable in clearing me of the charge. Mr. Penn was not only extremely knowledgeable of the law, but also very familiar with the judges and the entire process exclusive to the Fairfax, VA court system, having had so many years of experience and success. Mr. Penn’s straightforward approach and mentality of success helped me to get through the ordeal and reassured me greatly. I recall asking Mr. Penn what possible sentence I could expect, his answer was, “Bite your tongue!” Mr. Penn then informed me that his intention was to prove I was not guilty. I was so certain that I was going to be found guilty that I saw no other outcome and focused on the jail sentence. Mr. Penn proved to be right and I cannot stress how fortunate I was to have sought and retained his services. Other attorneys I consulted painted a far bleaker outcome and all wanted to charge me twice what Mr. Penn was charging me. Even after the trial, the judge had additional comments, and when he was finished, he turned to Mr. Penn for validation. Words really can’t describe how fortunate I was to have been represented by Mr. Penn. If you find yourself needing an attorney, look no further than Mr. Penn. He’s the man. ‘Nuff said.

September 3, 2013

Mr. Penn is absolutely the best attorney I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with. He is very knowledgeable, responsive, and caring. I highly recommend him.

July 26, 2013

Ms. Penn did a great job with all responsibility as my attorney. I can’t say enough about his overall attitude and work ethic.

July 8, 2013

Mr. Penn is credible, trustworthy, and most importantly, provides results. I would highly recommend Mr. Penn.

November 7, 2012

I first used Carleton in 1998 for a Reckless driving ticket 91 mph in a 45 while racing on RT 7 near Sterling. I was 17 at the time and somewhat unsettled about the whole process I was going through. Carleton was recommended by a friend of his who I worked with and immediately after my parents and I met with him we all felt reassured. He had me bring him pictures of the area, and provide him with grades and teacher references. The day of the trial Carleton again was calm as always, it was clear this wasn’t his first time at the plate for a very large ticket. The judge told me to “get my algebra grades up” and that I was sentenced to traffic school, which was going to happen anyway since anyone who turned 16 earlier this year faced mandatory traffic school after their first ticket. And upon completion of the traffic school (8hr class) and provided I went a certain amount of time without another ticket, the offense would be completely wiped off my record. It was an incredible result given the fact it was a 91 in a 45 while drag racing in a Camaro.

The second time I used him I was 26 and it was for a 75/55 reckless driving and a lane violation on 66 in Fairfax County, a ticket written by a U.S. Park Policeman. The park policeman relied on his speedometer as his way of measuring how fast I was going. Carleton had me provide my speedometer calibration as well. It was a somewhat complicated case given other circumstances, and the initial offer from the DA was to null process the Lane Violation if I plead guilty to reckless driving, which meant I would have been liable for VA’s new civil remedial fines. Carleton said that isn’t going to happen and we were going to a trial which is then the DA began to look further into his case. The end result were two non moving violations that left no points on my license. That is a huge difference then the initial offer the DA sent our way which would have had me plead guilty to a reckless driving case. I had consulted with another attorney before I came to my senses and called Carleton who said I “was lucky the officer did not arrest me”. Carleton had a much different reaction when I told him of the circumstances about the case that immediately reminded me why I wanted him up there fighting for me.

We have kept in touch ever since and he is someone I consider a great friend and feel lucky to have met him. I have emailed him many times with friends that have asked for advice on attorneys out of the area and no matter where it was, (Richmond, Washington County, Harrisonburg), Carleton has always given advice and known someone to contact each time. I can’t recommend him enough and even though I hope I wont have to use him again, I would never hesitate to call him no matter the circumstance.

October 2, 2012

Carleton Penn III represented my former fiancee on numerous charges. Charges including DUI’s,drug possession, Hit and run. Carleton prevailed on each and every charge, he was devine.The partners at the firm said, “he could walk on water”. After my break up a year later I had Carleton represent me as well.It was a reckless driving charge and he prevailed in my defense as well.Carleton Penn III is more than a Lawyer he has become a trusted friend at the most trying and difficult times in one’s life, Carleton PennIII is the one you can turn to and trust with your legal problems. Professionalism from an Attorney that has practiced for more then thirty years that understands what your going through and that cares about your life.

September 29, 2012

I was a client of this attorney during the winter of 2010.

What I really liked about this attorney’s services was his crisp – sometimes assertive – instructions to me about what I absolutely had to do to best assist him in preparation for trial. For example, I was instructed to find, and as it could not be found, fabricate a box and its contents, just exactly the same in every way possible as the box containing 12 bank statements and two six-part files which the accuser said was thrown at him with such force that it made a 1” cut on his face, the basis of the “Assault and Battery” charge that the accuser had sworn out before a magistrate just after the police told him to finally leave my office.

With regard to the Possession of Marijuana charge that resulted when the same police office came the next day to deliver the Assault and Battery warrant, as Carleton predicted, it did not go at all as the police officer “promised” it would.

I was found “Not Guilty” on the Assault and Battery charge.

The Possession of Marijuana charge was eventually dropped.

Carleton is firm, made no promises, and everything turned out just fine. I liked that about him.

There was a moment when I thought Carleton was a tad bit insensitive. As we were telling the bizarre story of events, my wife broke out crying. Carleton promptly reached back for a box of facial tissue and slid it a bit abruptly toward my wife.



September 24, 2012

I found my experience wit Carleton Penn to be easy going and free from worry. He exemplifies the poise and intellect you expect from a top level attorney. Working with him I felt like I had a big brother looking out for me providing sound legal advice every step of the legal process. If you are looking for an attorney who will treat you like family and a legal firm with impeccable service, seek out Carleton Penn III.

September 19, 2012
I haven’t enough good words to describe what Carleton Penn did for me and my family. My wife made assault charges against me, had me banned from my home and had me banned from my children. Carleton put together a defense that can only be described as genius and eventually brought about all charges being dismissed. I have no doubt that his aggressive defense directly resulted in my wife recanting all charges against me and led to her seeking medical help for her unstable emotional condition. Carleton responded to my phone calls and e-mails immediately 7 days a week and all hours of the day and night (as late as 3am on occasion). The situation I found myself in was totally alien to me and that time was one of my most vulnerable points in life. Carleton was unbelievably sensitive to my emotional needs to a degree I would never have expected from an attorney. Throughout my dealings with Carleton I never doubted that he made my problems, his problems. Carleton’s efforts were always clearly driven to not only remedy my immediate criminal charges needs, but he was also conscientious about laying a ground work of recovery for my family including me, my children and my wife. I thank God everyday for finding Carleton.
September 19, 2012
Van Perrault

He delivers what he promises, and he wastes neither time nor money.

March 12, 2012

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