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John Matthew Weiland

DUI and DWI Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.9   122 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

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THE WEILAND FIRM - EXPERIENCED AND COMMITTED DUI, TRAFFIC, AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

John is a former Green Beret with the U.S. Army Special Forces.  He received a bachelors degree in History from the University of Virginia and graduated with honors from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Licensed for 10 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/27/2022

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The Weiland Firm, Attorneys at Law
John Matthew Weiland
4301 E Parham Rd
Henrico, VA, 23228
John Matthew Weiland
7515 Library Drive
Hanover, VA, 23069
John Matthew Weiland
400 N. 9th St.
Richmond, VA, 23219
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4.9 / 5.0
  122 customer reviews
Posted by Khadira | November 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
90/55 (misdemeanor) reduced to 15 over ($150 fine)
Weiland did an outstanding job. What you pay a lawyer for is their connections in the court, ability to make quick judgements, and their knowledge of the law and John hit all 3 points with 5 stars. Henrico is a hard court and on top of that my record wasn’t clean as far as speeding. Originally I was in a courtroom with a judge that while kind, would probably not have reduced my speeding out of misdeameanor due to the amount of 45 mph over. However he was able to use his quick thinking and knowledge of the court to allow me to switch courtrooms and in front of a judge that MAY have been a bit more lenient. He was very upfront with me about the potential outcome of the case and what I was facing- but I wholeheartedlyuu believe that with another lawyer in the same situation I would’ve ended up with a misdemeanor for speeding. This speaks to John as an individual on top of his expertise in his field. Now as a client- you do have to do your part as well -and I think that is what helped because all John had to do was worry about the court because I did everything that was asked prior and it was a long list of things. However those same things were the reason the Judge said “this is a very excessive speed but the amount of things you did to mediate is why I’ll reduce it to 15” (not exactly verbatim but the same message.) My driving record had a previous speeding ticket, and 3 accidents. I think that everything was worth the price and I will hopefully never have to use his services again. But if i needed another lawyer I would use him again.
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Posted by Tom | January 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My 17 yr old son - 96mph Reckless… DISMISSED
Mr Weiland was EXCELLENT. From the first meeting he gave us specific instructions regarding the various steps to take to build an arsenal of positives to present to the judge before arraignment. Although primarily a circuit court defense attorney, he took our case and was great in dealing with the juvenile court prosecutor, judge and bailiffs. So supportive both professionally and emotionally for my son. We did as directed and thankfully the end result TODAY was CASE DISMISSED!!! Thank you, John!
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Posted by Matt | August 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless driving (106 in a 65) reduced to Improper Driving
I had a reckless driving case in Henrico County that was 99% guaranteed to get me at least one day of jail time: 106 mph in a 65. Mr. Weiland did not sugar coat it, but told me what to do before my court date to give me the best shot. I logged over 100 service hours, got my speedometer checked and calibrated, and had my employer write a character letter. Henrico County is known for being hard line on speeding and anything over 100mph is considered automatic jail time. When my court date came, thankfully we had a judge that was sympathetic enough to my case (explaining since I was military I was facing disciplinary action on my end as well), I ended up having my charges lowered to "improper driving" with a $500 fine, with no criminal record. Mr. Weiland was amazing. He's also former military so he's familiar with those situations as well.
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Posted by Teanna | July 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
John was absolutely amazing', He worked a miracle in my eyes. ! He wasn't expensive at all. I was out of state , Did not have to appear in court .. I followed all his instructions on what to do prior to court. He got my reckless driving charges dropped 90 in a 55.. I can't thank him enough He definitely was a blessing Thank You John So much. !!
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent results.
Mr. Weiland told me exactly what I should do to prepare for my reckless (92/70) court date. In the court room, he talked to the police officer who pulled me over, and told me exactly how he was going to approach the case when speaking to the judge. My reckless charge, which is a criminal misdemeanor, got reduced to a small fine. Excellent results!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
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91/55 dismissed
He had a great plan and got my 91/55 dismissed. He was super professional and walked me through everything. 10/10 would recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in VA
John can defend any case, even if you have any prior tickets on your record. He defended my 94/65 RD case exceptionally. I was looking at jail time, Criminal conviction, and thousands to go down the drain in insurance. John saved me from all that and got it reduced to improper driving even though I just got a speeding ticket last month. Best Lawyer in VA!
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Posted by Leonardo | June 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further.
Mr. Weiland made me feel very confident in his ability to get me a favorable outcome. I originally found him on AVVO.com and his reviews were more than favorable. There were some reviews that made me question the clients sanity, but Mr. Weiland gave them more than a reasonable outcome on their cases. Additionally, I’ve spoke to several lawyers before talking with Mr. Weiland and they all basically told me that they did not want to being my case to an Appeal and then charge me a ungodly amount of money. In the same light, some did not even want to try to help me because they did not like dealing with the Judge in Mecklenburg County, too strict they said, but not Mr. Weiland. He took my case with eagerness and confidence that he could give me a realistic outcome that would accomplish what I wanted. For my personal situation, I did not want a Class I Misdemeanor on my record for reckless driving because I work for the Government. Moreover, after receiving the ticket, I immediately researched how to combat my case and that was when I found out Virginia awards Reckless Driving charges for anyone speeding above 80 mph or 30mph over the posted speed limit. Additionally, I found out that attending a Defensive Driving class and volunteering for community service for a Non-profit organization could help me out, all of which Mr. Weiland suggested too when I finally talked with him, but I already had everything aligned before hand. Furthermore, I ended up completing and enjoying the 8 hour Defensive Driving Class and volunteering 106 hours for the Salvation Army, I know they miss me because I was working like I was getting paid. To look into further, I personally sorted, reorganized, categorized, and cleaned every corner of their facility, as well as professionally revitalized their landscaping without hesitation within several of their facilities. On another note, I would not hesitate on hiring Mr. Weiland again for any legal matter within Virginia and I highly recommend his services to anyone needing professional legal help. I thank Mr. Weiland and his team for helping me so much and to be able to rest easy.
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Posted by Rev | February 24, 2019
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Best Lawyer And a great person
I had an accident that almost cost me everything, my husband and I hired Mr. Weiland to handle the charges. This is one of the most complicated charges in traffic cases. There was a misunderstanding of the whole situation and I got caught into an unlucky situation. Mr.John M. Weiland is one the best attorney, extremely knowledgeable and skillful attorney. He is cool and professional always explains every detail every step. A very kind person and the way he handled the cases are excellent. He went the extra distance to get the best possible results for me.He is extremely attentive to the case needs and produces the results that I wanted. His extreme dedication, passion, diligence, responsiveness, and communication puts him in an elite group of attorneys in the country for any traffic charges mainly the complicated ones. Mr.Weiland is not only an excellent lawyer, but a great person. I would highly recommend him for any legal issue and again I highly recommend him without hesitation… I was happy when my case was finally settled. Without a doubt he is always our first choice and I tell anyone that I know who needs a great attorney to hit him up. Mr.Weiland Rocks!!!!
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Posted by Matt | December 13, 2018
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95/55 Reckless Driving
I originally had Samantha assigned to my case but due to an unforeseen circumstance John took over my case at the last minute. He was extremely professional and really fought for me to get the best possible outcome. The entire time we were in court he was talking to the trooper, prosecutor or me. While all the other attorneys were sitting still, John was fighting for me, trying to convince the very stubborn police officer and prosecutor that I deserved better than what they were trying to give me. For the speed I was going, I really deserved a license suspension and 10 days in jail and up to a $2500 fine. He was able to get me no license suspension and no real jail time with only a $500 fine. I would highly recommend him and I hope I'll never need an attorney again but if I am ever in need of an attorney, he will be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Charge dismissed
John used my first offender status and suggested I put myself through proactive probation where I would complete 100 hours of community service and drug test myself once a month until my court date. My charge was dismissed and I am very pleased with Mr Weiland's plan.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Very detailed, Top-Notch Attorney
John Weiland is the best in his field! John gave expert legal advise. He took the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and answered any questions that I had. He is very straightforward and honest. If anyone I know ever needs a lawyer, John is my first choice for recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Felony and warrant
Out of all attorneys in Virginia, John Weiland gave me the most information and answered every question concerning my case. He explained what will happen before/during/after the court including every little aspect. Our conversation lasted for more than 30 minutes and I’m more than thankful for his help and time!! Definitely recommend John to represent you in your case!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2018
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86/70 dismissed
I was on a road trip up to DC when I was caught speeding at 86/70 on the highway. I was handed what I thought was a speeding ticket at the time and was prepared to pay the fine. To my dismay, the actual charge was reckless driving which is a class I misdemeanor in the state of VA. I did a thorough review of the lawyers available to handle my case and that's when I stumbled upon Mr. Weiland. His glowing reviews online were promising and when I called and talked to him, I knew I found the right lawyer. He was able to calmly explain everything about the case and what would go on and promised me that I had a great chance to get the charge reduced to a minor speeding ticket or even completely dismissed. Couple weeks later, I'm happy to report that Mr. Weiland was able to get my charge dismissed completely. Highly recommend Mr. Weiland!!
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Posted by DJ | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John fought for my future in this DUI case
Let me start by saying that I would highly recommend John Weiland to represent you in your case. I thought my world was coming to an end when I was charged with a DUI. I practically gave the arresting officer everything that was needed to build the DA's case, and the county I was arrested in does not entertain reducing DUI charges - especially .11 BAC cases. John's tenacity and outside of the box thinking not only kept me grounded through this experience, but was able to get the charge reduced to Reckless Driving...instead of a 1 year license suspension, I have 6 months restricted, no ignition interlock needed, and no criminal charge. Thank you, John, for helping me through this and fighting for my future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
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Traffic Ticket
Mr. Weiland was fantastic. He spoke clearly, was polite, and very charismatic. He was able to get my case dismissed and I am more than thankful for his help!
Posted by Alan | December 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing a Reckless Driving charge is scary, hiring John Weiland will put your mind at ease
If you are looking for a lawyer who will get you the best results possible in your case, hire John Weiland. I was on trial for reckless driving over 90 mph, and while my driving record isn't spotless I have no record of any serious charges (DUI, Reckless Driving, criminal record). My case was tried in Henrico County, where John informed me that it is common for reckless drivers to face 1 day in jail for every mph over 90. After speaking with John (who agreed to take my case at a discount because I am a student) he assured me that he would help me get the best result possible. The day of the case comes and I am standing toe to toe with the judges stand, in completely over my head. John stands next to me, addressing the judge and working my case with the sturdy demeanor of a baseball pitcher starting in the world series. He was able to get my serious reckless driving charge reduced to 20 mph over speeding, and my expired inspection charge dismissed. In a room full of stress and unrest, John Weiland is the cool headed, friendly dispositioned professional that will do everything he can to ensure that you are given a fair and reasonable result.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless driving ticket - Case dismissed
I was charged with reckless driving in Hanover County, VA. I am from DC area and I was unaware of the laws in VA and taken completely off guard by the charge. I contacted John after reading the wonderful reviews posted on www.avvo.com and after carefully hearing my case John assured me that I should not worry. I hired him and could not have asked for better results. He got my case dismissed. I am extremely grateful to John Weiland and his staff and would recommend him to anyone that is in a similar situation.
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Posted by Matthew | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE LAWYER YOU NEED CALL HIM NOW !!!!!
Sharp informative honest tactful the list goes on and willing to fight for you will talk to you with respect was never condasending or dismissive of my questions or insight you can tell he cares these can be rare qualities in some lawyers I recently retained John Weiland to represent me and he delivered amazing results better than i ever could have logically expected i have never been so impressed by any other lawyer ive talked to. i would recommend him to anyone i hope i dont need a lawyer again but if i do the choice is clear for me This guy is an ace hire him now and give yourself some peace of mind youll feel better about things as soon as your done consulting with him awesome lawyer and excellent character you need him in your corner
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2017
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John Weiland saved me!!
I was referred to Weiland & Upton by a friend and I am glad I hired them. The speed trap got me going 83 and got a reckless driving ticket. John Weiland was able to get it reduced and saved my me. Thank you, highly recommend.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Weiland Firm
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Weiland Upton
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Caddell Weiland
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Riley & Wells
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Moran Reeves & Conn, PC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Senior Medical Sergeant
  • U.S. Army Special Forces
  • 2002 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • KBS, Inc. v. Hospitality Furnishing, Inc. et al
  • Summary Judgment Granted

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • CALI Award - Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • 2011
  • CALI Award - Corporate Finance
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • 2011
  • CALI Award - Products Liability
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • 2011
  • CALI Award - Local Government Law
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Driver Privilege Card Study
  • Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Truly one of if not the best attorney in Richmond, VA."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John does a great job for his clients. I endorse him without reservation."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked alongside John in the courtroom, and I can attest to his dedication to his clients. He fights to make sure clients get the best result possible."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have observed John in court on multiple occasions and have found him to be a smart and well articulated litigator. Clients will be well served by hiring John Weiland as their attorney. ~Matt"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John's a great attorney who can manage your case from start to finish. I would highly recommend him for all of your criminal and traffic defense representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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