Free Consultation: (804) 864-9424Tap to Call This Lawyer
Paula Hough

Paula Hough

Experienced Richmond DUI, DWI, Traffic Ticket Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Virginia
Badges
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Summary

Mrs. Hough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Law. Upon her graduation, Mrs. Hough worked for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association prior to her entering the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mrs. Hough was awarded the “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” fellowship, was a Senior Editor for a Law Journal, and volunteered for the Innocence Project investigating a case of wrongful conviction. During law school, Mrs. Hough also worked full-time as the Information Specialist for The Death Penalty Information Center where she delivered presentations about capital punishment to state, national and international organizations and even provided expert testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. She graduated from the Columbus School of law cum laude in 2002. Mrs. Hough joined the Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office in 2003 where she zealously represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Mrs. Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys. Mrs. Hough joined the Gordon Law Firm in 2007 where she took the responsibility of opening the firm’s Central Virginia office. In 2009 she opened her own law practice, Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.. After the birth of their first child in 2010, Mrs. Hough left her firm to join her husband and they opened BernsteinHough, P.C. Mrs Hough is currently on the Executive Board of the Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Assocation.

Practice Areas
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
Additional Practice Areas
  • Expungement
  • Restoration of Driving Privileges
  • Restoration of Firearm Rights
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
BernsteinHough, P.C.
- Current
Partner
Law Office of Gregory R. Hough
- Current
Partner
Brisendine, Overand, Buster and Bernstein, P.C.
- Current
Attorney
Gordon Law Firm
- Current
Attorney
Fairfax County Public Defender's Office
- Current
Represented clients charged with everything from Reckless Driving and Driving While Intoxicated to abduction, rape and murder. Mrs. Hough was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Public Defender, where she continued handling serious felonies in addition to training and supervising less experienced attorneys.
Education
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Honors: “Eleanor & James Clanton Haynes Memorial Law and Public Policy” Fellowship Award
Activities: Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Executive Board
Placeholder image for education.
University of Florida
B.A. (1995) | Criminology and Law
-
University of Florida Logo
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar # 48095
Member
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Richmond Metro Women's Bar Association
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association
Executive Board Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Henrico County Bar Associaiton
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Websites & Blogs
Website
BernsteinHough
Legal Answers
26 Questions Answered

Q. Whats the statute of limitations on class 6 felony for escape from a group home on conditional release
A: In Virginia there is no statute of limitations on felony offenses.
Q. Is it IMPROPER STOPPING ON A HIGHWAY VALID IF THE SAID HIGHWAY WAS A BLVD IN COLONIAL HEIGHTS VIRGINIA SHOPPING AREA.
A: Yes- according to Virginia code § 46.2-100: "Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in the Commonwealth, including the streets and alleys, and, for law-enforcement purposes, (i) the entire width between the boundary lines of all private roads or private streets that have been specifically designated "highways" by an ordinance adopted by the governing body of the county, city, or town in which such private roads or streets are located and (ii) the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place used for purposes of vehicular travel on any property owned, leased, or controlled by the United States government and located in the Commonwealth.
Q. If I plead guilty to a crime, can a jury still decide to drop all charges
A: No. In Virginia a jury would first decide guilt or innocence. Then, if you were found guilty, the jury would determine your sentence. If you have already pleaded guilty, there will be no jury.
Q. Can an unauthorized use of motor vehicle Charge be dropped To A misdemeanor.??
A: Yes. Per Virginia Code § 18.2-102 - the case can be charged as either a Felony or Misdemeanor. If you are charged with a felony, the case can be reduced to a misdemeanor if (a) there is not enough evidence to support a felony (i.e., the value is less than $200) OR (b) the Commonwealth's Attorney (prosecutor) agrees to reduce the charge with some type of plea agreement. Here is the text of the code: Unauthorized use of animal, aircraft, vehicle or boat; consent; accessories or accomplices Any person who shall take, drive or use any animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel, not his own, without the consent of the owner thereof and in the absence of the owner, and with intent temporarily to deprive the owner thereof of his possession thereof, without intent to steal the same, shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony; provided, however, that if the value of such animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel shall be less than $ 200, such person shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The consent of the owner of an animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel to its taking, driving or using shall not in any case be presumed or implied because of such owner’s consent on a previous occasion to the taking, driving or using of such animal, aircraft, vehicle, boat or vessel by the same or a different person. Any person who assists in, or is a party or accessory to, or an accomplice in, any such unauthorized taking, driving or using shall be subject to the same punishment as if he were the principal offender.
Q. I am being charged with embezzlement from 2 and a half years ago. I left the company in Jan of 2017 they said I used my
A: Yes. If there are unauthorized charges on the card, it does not matter if you are no longer employed by the company. It is embezzlement if the alleged behavior occurred during your time as an employee.
Q. My 16 year old son got caught with someone that had beer and weed on them what will happen
A: Was your son charged? If not, nothing will happen to him. If he was charged, you should reach out to an attorney for advice and a consultation regarding the charge(es). Both underage possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana are criminal misdemeanor charges.
Q. My speeding ticket says my fine is $61 dollars in total, but paying online shows i owe $125. Is there something wrong?
A: The additional fees are for court costs.
Q. How long after getting a DUI can u be charged with driving on revoke DUI. Isnt there a statue of limitations on a DUI.
A: Your "revocation" lasts 1 year for a first offense DUI. After the year is over, your license is considered "suspended" if you have not completed ASAP and have not gone to the DMV to have your license reinstated.
Q. how to reduce malicious wounding and felony strangulation charges?
A: You may be subpoenaed to testify against your boyfriend. You likely will both want to speak to separate attorneys.
Click here to see all answers
Contact & Map
BernsteinHough, P.C.
4110 East Parham Rd
#201
Richmond, VA 23228
USA
Telephone: (804) 864-9424
Fax: (804) 864-9430