Law Office of Bernie Siler, Esquire

Firm Overview

The Law Office of Bernie Siler will provide superb representation to those who may have been charged with a criminal offense. WE TAKE THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION SERIOUSLY!

Areas of practice include:

All Traffic offenses
Suspended permits
Reckless Driving
Hit and Run
Military cases
Administrative separations
Drug offenses
Firearms charges
Juvenile cases
White Collar Crimes
General Misdemeanors and felonies
Record ExpungementExample cases Attorney Siler was successful in the first trial in front of a jury under a new District of Columbia statute against Election Fraud, DC v. Mitchell, 1996

In DC v. Winston, 1993, Attorney Siler was able to cause the justice system to bring about reimbursement to employees whose employer failed to pay wages
(WJLA news files, February and August, 1993)
Main Office
Law Office of Bernie Siler, Esquire
Downtown Washington
Washington  DC  20011
  • (202) 667-3664


Free Initial Consultation?
Free 1/2 hour initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Clients can be billed hourly or choose a flat fee based on estimated length of case.
Hourly Rates
$175 when hourly option is chosen.

Office Information

Office Hours
24 hour phone/email access pending availability
Office Manager
Veronica Wright,
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Attorney Siler is conversant in Spanish.
Attorney Siler has 25 years experience in DWI cases, formerly as a prosecutor and presently as defense counsel
Free 1/2 hour initial consultation. Effective DWI representation.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Generally, no.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

My legal assistant handles matters that constitute intake and some correspondence. This reduces some of the hourly costs.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

On occasion if the situation warrants.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?


What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Attorney Siler has extensive experience in the area of criminal law. He is an experienced trial counsel with an exceptional success rate at trial.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is better for clients to be as organized as possible in presenting the facts in a cogent, logical fashion. Leave the legal issues to me.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Generally, no.

Bernie Siler

Attorney Siler has been practicing for the past 30 years in various capacities. As a trial lawyer he has excelled as a prosecutor and defense attorney as both a civilian and as a military lawyer. He is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland. He has been devoted to this practice for the past several years.

Attorney Siler won the Superior Trial Performance award while serving as an Assistant Attorney General. He became an expert and had victories involving the initial cases involving Parental Kidnapping and Election Fraud when those statutes were first enacted in the District of Columbia. Additionally, Attorney Siler won numerous cases involving driving offenses such as DUI, suspended permits, hit and run and various misdemeanor and felony charges.

This lawyer's extensive experience and successful record as a military JAG lawyer makes him especially useful for military clients facing Administrative Charges or Courts Martial.

In addition, Attorney Siler is an expert in Civil War history having lectured, published and led historical tours on various aspects of the Civil War. He has appeared on the National Geographic Network and various radio shows to lend expertise on this subject and particularly where legal issues were involved. This would include jurisdictional issues revolving around the Lincoln conspiracy trial and the trial of Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President Garfield.

Attorney Siler is available for lectures and interviews in that capacity as well.

Also, coming soon, look for book written by Attorney Siler, "You Could go To Jail," a collection of strange and bizarre laws that are still on the books in many jurisdictions. Informative and humorous. Look for it on websites for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Song and IUniverse websites.

My legal assistant handles matters that constitute intake and some correspondence. This reduces some of the hourly costs.
  • Bar Number: 372790
    District of Columbia , 1983

Bernie Siler

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