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Mitchell Mead Wells

Mitchell Mead Wells

also known as Mitch Wells

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Law

  • Driving While Intoxicated

  • Traffic Violations



  • Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia



  • William and Mary School of Law, J.D.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, M.P.A.

  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A.




Mitchell M. Wells is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in Virginia, concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal law, DUI and traffic violations, and has defended hundreds of cases.


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud section of the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Wells was responsible for supervising various fraud investigations and litigating Virginia false claim actions in federal court pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.


Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Wells served as a Virginia State Trooper for eight years. Mr. Wells investigated thousands of criminal, drug, DUI, traffic and accident cases; was rated "exceptional" by the Virginia State Police; and, he received 23 commendations for his exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was also filmed by the television show "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol." Mr. Wells was certified by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science as a Breath Test Operator, and by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Crime Prevention Specialist, General Instructor, R.A.D.A.R. operator, V.A.S.C.A.R. operator, and to administer the NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests.


While attending law school, Mr. Wells was a summer law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and prosecuted criminal, DUI and traffic cases as an intern for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Henrico County, Virginia.



  • Virginia State Bar

  • National College for DUI Defense

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association

  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court



  • Brannon v. Commonwealth, Record No. 1419-07-2, (Va. Ct. App. 2008)

  • Co-Author, "Defending The DUI Charge," VTLA Journal, Volume 19, Number 4, 2008


Continuing Legal Education:

  • The Art of Persuasion: Painting Powerful Images In DUI Cases

  • Frank Dunham Federal Criminal Defense Conference

  • 4th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner

  • Virginia Criminal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Defending Serious Traffic Cases: Smart Strategy, Creative Tactics

  • 3rd Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases

  • The Criminal Defense Trial From Start To Finish

  • Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia 


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 33%
  3. DUI & DWI: 33%



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

21 total 

  • Brenton James Bohannon

    I endorse this lawyer. Always professional and not afraid to try a case.


    Brenton Bohannon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick Nicholas Anderson

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Patrick Anderson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Riley & Wells Attorneys At Law

2201 Libbie Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23230

315 South Main Street
Emporia, VA, 23847

100 East Broadway Avenue
Hopewell, VA, 23860




VAAuthorized to practice law200503/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyersRichmond Magazine2012
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Top LawyersRichmond Magazine2011
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certificate of Completion - Summer Session - Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2010
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Certificate of Completion-Summer Session-Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2008
Today's Top OpinionVirginia Lawyers Weekly2008
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia2006
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia2006
AdmittedU.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit2006
Certificate of Completion-Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerRiley & Wells - Attorneys-At-Law2008 - Present
AssociateBoone, Beale, Cosby & Long2006 - 2007
Assistant Attorney Generalthe Office of the Attorney General of Virginia2005 - 2006
Law ClerkThe Honorable Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia2003 - 2003
Virginia State TrooperVirginia State Police1994 - 2002


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Richmond Criminal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Henrico County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gary Dwight Brannon v. Commonwealth of VirginiaNot Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
ForbesGot A Ticket? Here's How Much Your Car Insurance Premiums Will Increase2012
Virginia Lawyers WeeklyToday's Top Opinion2008
VTLA JournalDefending The DUI Charge2008
Court of Appeals of VirginiaGary Dwight Brannon v. Commonwealth of Virginia2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
EC/IR II Seminar - Technological & Medical DefensesBreath TestingCLE2011
Defending Serious Traffic Cases:Smart Strategy, Creative TacticsVirginiaCLE2007
National College for DUI DefenseDUIMaster of Scientific Evidence2006
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPublic AdministrationMPA - Masters2000
Virginia State Police AcademyStandardized Field Sobriety TestingTrained to Administer SFST1995
Virginia Department of Forensic ScienceBreath TestingCertified Breath Test Operator1995
Virginia State PoliceCriminal Law & Traffic LawVirginia State Trooper1995
Virginia Military InstituteEconomics & BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1994