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Benjamin Hiltzheimer

About me

I am a Raleigh criminal defense attorney, but began my legal career in Washington, DC, at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in 2006.  In my first two years at the Public Defender Service, I was employed on an attorney fellowship focused on litigating complex forensics issues in local cases, and working in partnership with the Innocence Project to develop litigation strategies to combat the leading causes of wrongful conviction in trial courts nationwide.


After two years in that concentrated role, I moved into the trial division at the Public Defender Service in DC, where I was trained by some of the best defense attorneys in the country.  In 2011, I launched The Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC in DC, and in 2012 relocated the practice to Raleigh, NC, when my family decided to make North Carolina our home.


Prior to deciding to pursue a career in law, I worked in the high tech industry.  I worked as a network administrator for a software company, and as a technology liason between technical and non-technical groups at two different companies, prior to starting law school at the George Washington University in 2003.



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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 85%
    5 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    10 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC

108 Park Ave.
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC, 27605


DCInactive 200811/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Criminal Defense Attorney of the MonthAttorney At Law Magazine2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Murray Snyder Scholarship for Public Interest WorkThe George Washington University2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyThe Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC2011 - Present
Staff Attorney, Trial DivisionPublic Defender Service For The District Of Columbia2008 - 2011
Special Litigation/Forensics FellowPublic Defender Service for the District of Columbia2006 - 2008
Summer Law ClerkPublic Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)2005 - 2005
Law ClerkDepartment of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Division2005 - 2005
Student AdvocateProject for Older Prisoners2005 - 2006
Summer AssociateTroutman Sanders, LLP (Formerly Mays & Valentine)2004 - 2004
Law ClerkDepartment of Energy2004 - 2004
Volunteer Law StudentBread For The City2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2013 - Present
10th Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
George Washington University Law School Alumni AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Client Charged with Armed RobberyNot Guilty All Counts
Client Charged with Distribution of CocaineNot Guilty All Counts
Client Charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted FelonNot Guilty All Counts
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of GeorgiaPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
University of GeorgiaCognitive ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Traffic Law CLEStandard Field Sobriety Test Manual: What You Need to Know2016
The Path to Becoming a Public DefenderMaking the Evidence Work for You: Forensics, Cross Racial Identification & More2008
Georgetown Prettyman New Lawyer TrainingLitigating Eyewitness Identification Cases in Superior Court2008
Public Defender Service Trial Lawyer TrainingLitigating Eyewitness Identification Cases2007