DWI Book Author; SFST Instructor; Gun Law Lecturer; Police Academy Legal Instructor
I'm an author, Police Academy Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, Firearms and Use of Force Instructor, Forensic Lawyer-Scientist and Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney and I have been helping good people in bad situations all across Virginia for 25 years. My firm handles all types of Criminal cases and I have successfully represented clients accused of everything from simple traffic infractions, to serious felony criminal offenses involving drugs, guns and violent crimes. We also handle civil matters such as Expungement of arrest records, Restoration of Driver Licenses and Gun Rights, Forfeiture proceedings, etc.
In addition to building a successful law practice, I have spent many years teaching. I am a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, and I have taught lawyers from coast to coast. As a police academy Legal Instructor, I teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Rules of Evidence and Constitutional Law to police recruits. As a contract attorney for U.S. Law Shield, I teach Constitutional Law and Virginia state laws relating to firearms, use of force, self-defense, etc.
I am a Founding Member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and a Member of the National College for DUI Defense, national organizations dedicated to raising the quality of DUI / DWI defense by educating lawyers about the many complex issues in DUI / DWI cases. In addition, I am one of only two lawyers in Virginia to have earnied the designation of Forensic Lawyer-Scientist as recognized by the American Chemical Society Division of Chemistry and the Law (ACS-CHAL) for my study of chromatography, discussed in more detail below.
I devote considerable time to seeking out and completing specialized education and training, and certification programs in the fields of forensic science and DUI / DWI defense, and it has helped me provide top-notch representation to my clients. I am trained on Police RADAR/LIDAR, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, breath alcohol testing, blood alcohol testing, medical issues which arise in DUI / DWI cases and as an Operator of several different breath testing machines, including the Intoximeter ECIR II currently used in Virginia.
My advanced education, specialized training and vast experience has enabled me to win NOT GUILTY verdicts in some extremely difficult and seemingly unwinnable DUI/DWI cases, including a case with a blood test result of 0.29 - more than 3.5 times the 0.08 legal limit. I have come to be recognized nationwide for my expertise regarding DUI/DWI and I regularly serve as a consultant on Virginia DUI/DWI laws. I have appeared on tv as a Legal Analyst and I have been featured in both TIME magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek as a leader in the field of DUI/DWI Defense.
I have won cases at trial in all three trial courts in Virginia: J&DR District Courts, General District Courts and Circuit Courts. In addition, I have won in the Virginia Court of Appeals, thereby getting a felony conviction reversed and the case being dismissed.
I have shared some of my knowledge and insight in a book on DUI/DWI in Virginia called the DUI/DWI Arrest Survival Guide: The Guilt Myth - which I co-authored with Bob Battle. If you would like a FREE copy, all you have to do is visit my website.
Completing certification training for breath alcohol machines is absolutely mandatory, in my opinion, for any lawyer who handles DUI/DWI cases. I have gone even further and acquired several of my own breath testing machines, including an Intoxilyzer 5000 and an ECIR, which enables me to further familiarize myself with these machines. Similarly, after completing training on forensic chromatography at Axion Analytical Laboratires, Inc., I acquired my own gas chromatograph, the machine used in the state lab to conduct gas chromatography.
I have earned the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation, as reocgnized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the American Chemical Society. As of October 2018, only one other lawyer in the entire state of Virginia has earned this ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation. To do so, I completed course work on the following subjects:
(1) Forensic Chromatography: Theory and Practice, which addresses the theory of Gas Chromatography, as well as ethanol based analysis by Headspace Gas Chromatography with a Flame Ionization Detector (HS-GC-FID);
(2) Forensic Analysis of Solid Drugs, which addresses the instrumental analysis of solid drugs in their pre-consumption form using FTIR, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Colormetrics, Microscopy, Thin Layer Chromatogrphy, etc.; and
(3) Forensic Principles of DUID, which involves the pharmacology of drugs, issues of how drug use may or may not impact driving, instrumental analysis by GC-MS, Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), etc.
All three courses were 40-hour courses which included both classroom time and hands-on time working in a lab. I was able to calibrate instruments, develop samples, inject samples for testing, analyze and interpret data, etc. I used the instruments in the same way, using the same matrices, as an analyst would in a forensic laboratory.
I am also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have been recognized for excellence by various organizations.
I have successfully represented clients accused of all types of crime, including those listed below:
Alcohol: DUI / DWI, Drinking While Driving, Intoxicated in Public, Underage Possession of Alcohol, Sale of Alcohol to a Minor, etc.
Drugs: Possession, Manufacturing, Distribution, Possession With Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute, etc.
Theft: Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Embezzlement, Shoplifting / Concealment, Credit Card Theft, Failure to Return Rental Property, Theft of Services, etc.
Fraud: Forgery, Uttering Forged Document, Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, Bad Checks, Credit Card Fraud, Construction Fraud, etc.
Violence: Murder, Manslaughter, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Malicious Wounding, Robbery, Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement, Domestic Assault & Battery, etc.
Guns: Possession by a Felon, Use of Firearm During Commission of a Crime, Making False Statements During Purchase, Possession of Concealed Weapon, etc.
Sex: Rape, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Computer Solicitation of a Minor, Indecent Liberties, Carnal Knowledge, Sexual Battery, Contributing to the Delinquency of Minor, etc.
Property: Common Law Burglary, Statutory Burglary, Unlawful Entry, Destruction of Property, Trespassing, Tampering with a Vehicle, etc.
Driving: DUI / DWI, Reckless Driving, Racing, Driving Suspended or Revoked, Hit & Run, Attempting to Elude Police, etc.
As you can see, whatever it is - misdemeanor or felony, my team and I can help.
I work tirelessly to stay on the cutting edge in an attempt to provide top notch representation to my clients. Below are some of the courses I have completed.
I have completed certification training on:
- Standardized Field Sobriety Testing - Instructor (SFST)
- Standardized Field Sobriety Testing - Practitioner (SFST)
- Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
- Police Traffic RADAR/LIDAR
I have completed certification training and education programs on various breath testing machines, including:
- ECIR II (Virginia's current breath testing machine)
- Intoxilyzer 8000 (the new and improved version of the Intoxilyzer 5000)
- Intoxilyzer 5000 (Virginia used this for about 15 yrs before switching to the ECIR II)
- Intoxilyzer 400
- Intoxilyzer S-D5
- Intoxilyzer S-D2
I have completed forensic courses on the following subjects and earned the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation:
- Forensic Chromatography: Theory & Practice
- Forensic Drug Analysis
- Forensic Principles of DUID
I have completed more general education and training courses about DUI / DWI Defense than I could list, or you'd ever bother reading, but here are a few of the highlights:
- National College for DUI Defense trial skills courses held at Harvard Law School (an annual program)
- Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI / DWI Cases (an annual program)
- Forensic Breath Alcohol Analysis
- Medical Defenses to DUI
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1994||10/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2016|
|Premier Attorney||National Academy of Jurisprudence||2016|
|Clients' Choice Award||AVVO||2015|
|Top 10||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2015|
|Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Virginia (see photo)||The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers (see photo)||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|"10 Best" Virginia DUI/DWI Attorneys for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2014|
|Clients' Choice Award - DUI||AVVO||2014|
|Clients' Choice Award - Criminal Defense||AVVO||2014|
|Top Contributor Award - DUI||AVVO||2014|
|Top Contributor Award - Criminal Defense||AVVO||2014|
|Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney||NAFDD||2013|
|Victory of the Year Award (see photo)||Weimer & Boyce, Lawyers||1997|
|Program Attorney & Legal Instructor||U.S. Law Shield, Teach Virginia law relating to Firearms, Open/Concealed Carry, Use of Force, Self-Defense, Defense of Others, Defense of Property, etc.||2016 - Present|
|Criminal, DUI / DWI & Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer and Owner||The Wilson Law Firm||1999 - Present|
|Legal Instructor||Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy / Public Safety Training Center; Teach Virginia Criminal Law, Virginia Criminal Procedure, Virginia Rules of Evidence and Constitutional Law||2019 - 2020|
|DWI Detection and SFST Instructor||Impaired Driving Specialists||2019 - 2019|
|Legal Instructor||Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy / Public Safety Training Center; Taught Virginia Criminal Law, Virginia Criminal Procedure, Virginia Rules of Evidence and Constitutional Law||1996 - 2007|
|Attorney||Weimer & Boyce, Lawyers||1995 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|National College for DUI Defense||Member||2004 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1995 - Present|
|Virginia Circuit Court||Commonwealth of Virginia v. Brian Roberts - Memorandum of Law to Court - case subsequently dismissed by the Court||2010|
|DUI / DWI Arrest Survival Guide: The Guilt Myth||DUI / DWI Arrest Survival Guide: The Guilt Myth - a Citizen's Guide to How to Handle a DUI / DWI Arrest||2009|
|Court of Appeals of Virginia||Johnny Lamar Gates v. Commonwealth of Virginia - Court of Appeals decision reversing felony conviction and dismissing case||1999|
|NHTSA / IACP - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor Course||SFST Instructor Certificate||2019|
|Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. & American Chemical Society, Division of Chemistry and the Law (ACS-CHAL)||Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation, as recognized by ACS-CHAL||2018|
|Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. - 40 Hour Forensic Principles of DUID VII||Forensic Principles of DUID Certificate||2018|
|Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. - 40 Hour Forensic Drug Analysis IX||Forensic Drug Analysis Certificate||2018|
|Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. - 40 Hour Forensic Chromatography XXI: Theory & Practice||Forensic Chromatography Theory & Practice Certificate||2018|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar||Certificate||2017|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - 24th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2017|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Summer Session||Certificate||2015|
|NHTSA / IACP - Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)||ARIDE Certificate||2013|
|NHTSA - Police Traffic RADAR / LIDAR||Police Traffic RADAR / LIDAR Operator Certificate||2013|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - 20th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2013|
|National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session||Certificate||2012|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - 18th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2011|
|Intoximeter ECIR II - What You Need to Know||Certificate||2010|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - 17th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2010|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - 16th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2009|
|Intoximeter ECIR II||N/A||2009|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA - Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2008|
|National College for DUI Defense & TCDLA||Certificate||2007|
|NHTSA / IACP - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Student Course||SFST Practitioner Certificate||2007|
|National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session||Certificate||2007|
|National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session||Certificate||2007|
|Industrial Training & Design, Ltd - Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Technician, Intoxilyzer 5000 Models 5000, S-D2, S-D5 and 400||Certificate||2007|
|Operator, Intoxilyzer 8000||Certificate||2007|
|National College for DUI Defense||Certificate||2006|
|National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session||Certificate||2005|
|National College for DUI Defense & TDCLA - 12th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases||Certificate||2005|
|NHTSA / IACP - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course||Certificate||2004|
|U.S. DOT - Operator, CMI, Inc., Intoxilyzer 5000 series||Operator Certificate||2004|
|U.S. DOT - Maintenance Technician, CMI, Inc., Intoxilyzer 5000 series||Maintenance Technician Certificate||2004|
|Florida International University, Breath Alcohol Forensic Workshop||Certificate||2004|
|National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session||Certificate||2004|
|Syracuse University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor - cum laude||1994|
|University of Kentucky||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|U.S. Law Shield Gun Law Seminars - several locations throughout Virginia||Virginia Gun Law Seminar||2016|
|Gar-Field High School||So You're 18||2014|
|Manassas Park High School||So You're 18||2014|
|Osborn High School||Virginia's Criminal Justice System||2009|
|Osborn High School||Virginia's Criminal Justice System||2008|
|Osborn High School||Virginia's Criminal Justice System||2007|
|DUI / DWI Case - NOT GUILTY (Greene County)||Not Guilty, T. Kevin Wilson gets Virginia DUI / DWI with 0.11 breath test Dismissed|
|DUI / DWI Case - NOT GUILTY (Henrico County)||Not Guilty, T. Kevin Wilson gets Virginia DUI / DWI with 0.15 breath test Dismissed|
|2nd Offense DUI / DWI Case - NOT GUILTY of 2nd Offense DUI / DWI||Not Guilty of 2nd Offense DUI / DWI, mandatory jail sentence and increased license suspension avoided|
|2nd Offense DUI / DWI Case - NOT GUILTY (Albemarle County)||Not Guilty, T. Kevin Wilson gets 2nd Offense Virginia DUI / DWI with 0.24 breath test Dismissed|
|DUI / DWI Case - NOT GUILTY (Fairfax County)||NOT GUILTY, T. Kevin Wilson gets Virginia DUI / DWI with 0.29 blood test Dismissed|
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