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Thomas C. Carter

Practice Areas

  • Traffic Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI & DWI
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors

Education

  • J.D., College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (1978)
  • Holy Cross College (1975) 
  • Gonzaga College High School (1971)

“I FOUND MYSELF HAVING MADE A HUMAN MISTAKE, ONE WHICH COULD HAVE ENDED MY CAREER FOREVER. IN SEARCHING FOR COUNSEL AND REPRESENTATION, MY HUSBAND ASKED OUR NEIGHBOR, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE ALEXANDRIA CHIEF OF POLICE, WHO WE SHOULD RETAIN. TOM WAS ON A LIST OF ONE. FROM MY FIRST INTERACTION WITH HIM TO THE CONCLUSION OF MY ORDEAL, I ALWAYS FELT THAT HE WAS HONEST YET COMPASSIONATE AND NEVER GAVE ME FALSE HOPE, ONLY A REALISTIC VIEW OF MY CASE. HIS EXPERIENCE COMBINED WITH HIS INTELLIGENCE MAKES HIM THE BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY YOU CAN FIND IN THIS AREA. I’M NOT SAYING “HIRE TOM AND YOU’LL HAVE YOUR CHARGES DROPPED”; I’M SAYING “IF YOU HIRE TOM, YOU HAVE HIRED THE BEST ATTORNEY TO GET THE VERY BEST OUTCOME POSSIBLE”. I OWE HIM MY CAREER AND MY LIVELIHOOD, ESSENTIALLY MY LIFE.”

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Thomas C. Carter is a near lifelong northern Virginian. He graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1978 and was appointed to a position as a law clerk to the Circuit Court Judges of Fairfax County.

In 1980, he was sworn in as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria. During his five years in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, he tried many criminal and traffic cases, both felonies and misdemeanors, jury and non-jury trials. Since 1985, he has been in private practice concentrating on criminal and traffic matters.

Mr. Carter has lectured extensively on criminal and traffic defense. Recently, he has been a guest speaker at Alexandria and Fairfax Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminars. He is always willing to help lawyers less familiar with northern Virginia state and federal practice.

Since 1978, attorney Thomas C. Carter has been helping the people of Virginia resolve their criminal and traffic offenses in both state and federal courts. 

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Virginia
  • United States District Court

Bar and Professional Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Honors and Accolades

  • Virginia Super Lawyer (2012-2020)

Mr. Carter has an AV® rating in the Commonwealth of Virginia from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible.