Criminal Defense

Dunnigan & Messier, PC recovers successful results for clients accused with felonies and misdemeanors. We have mounted successful defense against almost every category of felony and misdemeanor such as but not limited to: assault & battery, domestic violence, drug possessions, DUI, juvenile offenses, murder, homicide, robbery, and theft.

Stephen A. Dunnigan and Marc P. Messier have dedicated their careers to helping clients overcome their legal obstacles — let our team help you with your criminal defense

We have been involved with some of the most severe criminal offenses, murder and robberies. If your loved one is in jail, we will make every attempt to have that loved one is released on bail.

We have served as an advocate of those charged with criminal offenses in the Hampton Roads, VA area for nearly 45 years. We have developed the position here at Dunnigan & Messier, PC as experienced, aggressive and trusted advocates for individuals who have found themselves tangled in the criminal justice system.

Serving Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Southside, Poquoson, Smithfield, Windsor and surrounding areas.

Don’t Risk Freedom – Call Dunnigan & Messier, PC, Today

We invite you to contact Dunnigan & Messier, PC, today at 757-595-7777 or e-mail us to schedule a free, private and personal consultation to discuss your case. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by special appointment. We travel to homes, hospitals and other locations for our personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Our firm accepts Visa, MasterCard and other major credit cards. Ask us about our contingency fees and payment plans. Quality legal representation doesn’t have to be expensive.

Assault & Battery

If convicted, you could face serious penalties that will not only alter your immediate future, but have lasting effects for the rest of your life.

Domestic Violence Crimes

Domestic violence, also called family abuse, includes physical, mental, sexual and economic abuse. It is legally defined as assault and battery against a member of your family or household.

Drug Possession

Mandatory prison time, driver’s license suspension, steep fines, rehabilitation programs — these are all penalties you may face if you are convicted of a drug crime in Virginia.


At Dunnigan & Messier, P.C. in Newport News, Virginia, we recognize the short- and long-term consequences of a DUI conviction and represent our clients aggressively.

Juvenile Offenses

Everybody makes mistakes — especially young people. While many mistakes are small, some errors can leave a permanent mark on your child or your own criminal record.

Murder / Homicide

You need an experienced defense attorney to guide you through the investigation and trial and make sure your side is properly represented and no important details are missed.


If you have been accused of robbery, you are facing serious charges and need experienced legal defense. In Virginia, robbery is considered a violent crime and is a felony offense.