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Billy Ring Hicks

DUI and DWI Attorney at Springfield, VA

4.9   40 reviews

also known as B.R. Hicks

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 44 years
    Virginia - VA 47 years
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Billy

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Mr. Hicks worked his way through law school as a police officer in Arlington County and as a night watchman on a construction site. He passed the Bar exam before graduation and was licensed to practice law four days after receiving his J.D. He then resigned from his position as police officer to begin his law career as an Arlington County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. While serving in this capacity, he tried many misdemeanor and felony cases, and a large number of these were before juries.

Mr. Hicks later went into private practice as an associate of Paul Terrence O’Grady who, in addition to his private practice, served as the City Attorney for Falls Church.   As the Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Hicks served as the City Prosecutor. Although Mr. Hicks left Mr. O’Grady’s practice after about three years to join a friend’s private practice, he continued to act as the part-time City Prosecutor for another fifteen years, trying hundreds of cases.

Mr. Hicks is currently a solo practitioner. An award-winning criminal defense attorney with extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom, he handles over a hundred criminal defense cases a year. He looks forward to many more years of defending the rights of individuals accused of crimes here in Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions.


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Client's Choice 2018,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2018 2012 2011

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4.9 / 5.0
  40 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Alyssa | February 21, 2014
Bill Hicks is AMAZING!
Bill hicks is an outstanding lawyer! i strongly recommend him! i have used his services twice now and he surpassed my expectations! my first ticket was a reckless and he got it reduced not only to speeding but to a 15 over! that is unheard of, in fairfax county that is impossible! my second ticket was disregarding a light and he got it reduced to failure to pay full time attention which has no points! he was absolutely unbelievable! i give him 10 stars! you will not find a better lawyer in all of Virginia!
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Posted by Braulio | June 19, 2013
Best lawyer ever!!!!
I was facing serious time and Mr. Hicks got my charges dropped to misdemeanors. I didn't have to spend one day in jail. All my other cases for driving on suspended were dismissed in trial or nolo processed. He's what I would like to call a bull dog. He knows his stuff and his primary purpose is to set us free. Hire him if you want to be free.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
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I found Mr Hicks on Google as soon as I realized I needed a good attorney. He was close by and seemed to be excellently qualified for my need. We met and he explained his fee structure as well as what I should expect and what he would do to try and mitigate. His honesty made my first experience on the back side of the law at least tolerable and less traumatic. In the end he convinced the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and suspended sentence with probation. He is also returning the lion’s share of my deposit, saying his ethics demanded a refund of unearned funds. You can’t beat that.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
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Great lawyer
This man is an amazing lawyer he was so kind to me and my kids during my whole case. He is a amazing lawyer to work with her did a great job on my court case and I am very grateful for that Thank You Mr Hicks ❤
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2021
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Breath of fresh air
Five star gentlemen. Excellent and effective work. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2020
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Highly recommended Mr. Hicks
Mr. Hick is an amazing attorney. He answered all my questions. He communicated great. He reduce my DUI charge to reckless. I didn’t get pasted around from attorney. I’m so happy I hired him. He is worth every dollar. Highly recommended him.
Posted by Ellen | December 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Hicks is an incredible attorney! He was recommended by my friend, who had multiple DUIs and did not spend a day in jail with Mr Hicks as his attorney. He has saved me twice now, both times I did not do a day in jail and was given the opportunity to be free and have another chance. I also recommended him to a friend, who was so happy with his services. This man has wisdom and experience, he knows what to do and how to win. He has never lost a DUI/DWI case! Not only is Mr. Hicks extremely knowledgeable, with decades of experience, he is a kind caring and compassionate person. He is the reason I am walking free today.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2018
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Great lawyer
Very helpful and very patient and professional. Had a good experience and I do recommend him
Posted by MD | September 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
BR HICKS was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was he able to defend us from an unjust accusation, but his calm and empathetic demeanor also offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr.Hicks without reservation.Thank you Mr.Hicks.
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Posted by Leesa | April 12, 2018
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Top Notch
I've been knowing bill for 30 years, only used him once, for something small. Bill sometimes can tell you the outcome, before he take the case. There are allot of shady attorneys, and he isn't one them.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Bill Hicks was simply amazing. The outcome of my case exceeded all reasonable expectations. His attention to detail and legal expertise were clear during the trial. I was facing a DUI charge after a single vehicle accident. The prosecute refused to plea down to reckless, so we went tot trial. Mr. Hicks argued against several probable cause issues, and I was found not guilty. He is truly amazing.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2017
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Highly recommend
Bill was very helpful with my case. He was attentive, patient and informed. I would recommend him to anyone seeking counsel.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2017
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Helped Me in Traffic Court
Bill Hicks helped me with a Reckless Driving charge that could've really screwed up my year. I was only only 2 mph away from getting some assured jail time, and the the odds were not stacked in my favor. Bill still somehow worked up a good case and got the charge reduced to speeding meaning I got to hold on to my licence and only had to pay $250. Very well-mannered and competent all around.
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Posted by Tyson | March 9, 2017
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work out free
I was charged for DUI and improper stopping. He recommended me to get reckless, I felt ok with that but the prosecutor didn't accept the agreement. So we went to trial and win the case, I just got the traffic ticket for improper stopping, the DUI is dismiss. Thank Mr Hicks a lot, he is really really nice to me.
Posted by Will | January 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have a better attorney. Thank you.
Mr. Bill Hicks is the epitome of professionalism, experience, and kindness, all of which are immediately evident upon meeting him. I was recommended to him by a friend, but upon our first meeting, I could tell that Mr. Hicks genuinely cared about my case and wellbeing. I was facing a Driving on Suspended License charge, for which I was expecting a short jail sentence. Mr. Hicks, through his decades-long career and garnered experience was able to not only keep me out of jail, but also provided around-the-clock updates on my situation, highlighting his commitment to my case. Overall, I would rate Mr. Hick’s service to me as perfect. If you are looking for an attorney who will give you 100 percent of his effort, while also bringing with him a wealth of experience and genuine concern for your well-being, Mr. Hicks is your best choice. My case was in Arlington, but I have no doubt that he can provide the same results in any jurisdiction or county. Also, Mr. Hicks' assistance, Mary, is extremely helpful. So if Mr. Hicks is in court or unavailable, Mary will have answers to all of your questions.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2015
Best lawyer in Virginia
Mr bill is best lawyer, very nice, caring, helpful, and professional. He did a great job, Helped me understand the case. Thank you for all your help, I strongly recommend him to others. Like this review?Yes|Flag Abuse
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
Hick's had just worked on my case which I was facing 3 felony convictions and I had 2 previous ones in the past. I was going to face some serious time and one of the three was a mandatory sentence of 3 years in jail. Bottom line Hick's closing statement at my sentencing hearing was so well . You know Hick's did a damn good job when other attorney's in the court room comes out just to pad your lawyer on the back and commend him on a job well done!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2014
Prosecutors fear Hicks
I was found guilty in district court of DUI and received 30 days in prison (very harsh for a first offence), with a paid lawyer. There was even a male nurse from the hospital where I was to get blood tested for alcohol, who showed up in court and said that I called him a slur and reeked of alcohol. I received a suspended licence for two years and had to install that device in my car and could get a provisional licence only after a full year. I appealed and hired Mr. Hicks and he was ready for battle and predicted a win to the prosecutor. They caved and offered a reduced charge of reckless driving. Mind you, I had already had one that was reduced on my record that they knew about. You don't typically ever get two of those, especially when you lost severely in lower court. Hicks is the real deal and got a miracle for me: no device, no DUI on record, only six months provisional licence and ASAP. Unbelievable! He even refunded a lot of money since it didn't go to trial. Clearly the best of the best.
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Posted by Sean | August 14, 2014
Had to ask Mr.Hicks to take my DWI case 4-5 days prior to the trial. My previous lawyer used up all 3 continuous for no reason and I was deeply in trouble. However, Mr.Hicks took on my case and DISMISSED both my dwi and refusal. I was in a way lucky because the police video network system was malfunctioning because of the network manager's retirement. But I would say if Mr.Hicks didn't speak up about the video issues, they would have went on to the next trial which would've been a possibly lose. Because he spoke very intellectually to the judge, he wrote a dismiss note unless police get the video before the next court date. I am just glad that I decided to replace my lawyer EVEN if it was 5 days before the court. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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Posted by cindy | August 12, 2011
Getting the work done!!
Hicks get the job done. If he can't find it or does not have a high chance of winning he will tell you then and there and you decide if you want to go forward or not. All the cases that Hicks fought for me I won. I am proud even though some were 50% chance but I believed in him and look what happened. Thanks!!
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • B.R. Hicks, PC
  • 1985 - Present
  • City of Falls Church Prosecutor
  • City of Falls Church
  • 1979 - 1997
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
  • Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 1976 - 1979


  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • East Carolina University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2013 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers In Virgina
  • Legal Network
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a hardworking zealot attorney with many years of experience. I endorse Attorney Hicks!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Billy is one of the top Criminal Defense and DUI lawyers in Virginia. His years of experience, including as a former prosecutor, gives him the unique ability to provide his clients with unparalleled representation. He is very approachable and lawyers are frequently asking for his advice on legal matters. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone needing a good defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Billy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hicks is one of the most well-respected attorneys in Virginia. His knowledge of the law is a step above the rest and he is always willing to fight for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Hicks knows criminal law. I know he does because I know criminal law and we worked together as partners in a law firm. He is not afraid to try a case most lawyers would plead out. Any criminal case that I could not accept for whatever reason, such as scheduling conflicts etc, Bill gets my referral out. For peers who compete for the same business it is difficult for us to endorse each other. Still, I have no reservations standing up for Bill Hicks."
Springfield DUI and DWI Lawyer Billy Ring Hicks
Billy Ring Hicks
DUI and DWI Attorney
Springfield, VA
Licensed for 47 years
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