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Weiland Upton - Experienced and Committed DUI and Traffic Defense AttorneysWeiland Upton - Experienced and Committed DUI and Traffic Defense AttorneysWeiland Upton - Experienced and Committed DUI and Traffic Defense AttorneysWeiland Upton - Experienced and Committed Criminal Defense AttorneysJohn Weiland will personally look after all aspects of your injury case and maximize your recovery
|VA||Authorized to practice law||2012||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CALI Award - Products Liability||University of Richmond School of Law||2011|
|CALI Award - Corporate Finance||University of Richmond School of Law||2011|
|CALI Award - Advanced Trial Advocacy||University of Richmond School of Law||2011|
|CALI Award - Local Government Law||University of Richmond School of Law||2010|
|Partner||Weiland Upton - Attorneys at Law||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Caddell Weiland - Attorneys at Law||2014 - 2016|
|Attorney||Riley & Wells Attorneys At Law||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Moran Reeves & Conn, PC||2011 - 2013|
|Senior Medical Sergeant||U.S. Army Special Forces||2002 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2014 - Present|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||Board Member - Young Trial Lawyers||2013 - Present|
|Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2013 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|KBS, Inc. v. Hospitality Furnishing, Inc. et al||Summary Judgment Granted|
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|The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)||Defending the Practicalities of DUI in Virginia||2010|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|University of Virginia||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Driver Privilege Card Study||Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants||2016|
Posted by anonymous
I was charged with DUI (1st Offense) and refusing a blood alcohol test after having been involved in an accident where I struck another vehicle from behind at a four way intersection. There was significant property damage to the vehicles, but no personal injuries. I had been at a friend's home at a BBQ to celebrate his son's graduation and had consumed a few alcoholic beverages before I left to drive home when the accident occurred. After researching several law firms in the area, I contacted Mr. Weiland. He was easy to communicate with and explained the potential outcomes of my case. I immediately felt confident that he would provide the professional and competent representation I required. He was candid and made no promises about the outcome of my case, but stated his commitment to do all that was possible for my defense. Based on the strengths and weaknesses of my case, he successfully persuaded the prosecution to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving and not to prosecute the refusal to submit to a blood/alcohol test. Given the circumstances, I could not have hoped for a better outcome. Mr. Weiland is a highly competent and professional defense attorney who I would highly recommend to anyone in need of the best defense.
Posted by Martha
When John took over my reckless driving case file, it had capital letters written across the front reading, "LONG SHOT." He read it, organized it, highlighted it, memorized it, and developed a strategy to win it. He called me the night before, met with me the morning of, talked me through what he would do and say, told me what I should do and say, and warned me honestly of the worse-case scenario. When I met him again in the courtroom, he was smiling. He knew the judge. He knew the trooper who ticketed me. And most importantly, he knew me. As I watched the myriad sentences being handed out before my case, some resulting in jail time, I quickly realized that John was by far the most professional, most well-prepared, most articulate, and most respected lawyer in the courtroom. This didn't keep me from sweating it out, but John would look back and smile at me periodically to reassure me. He clearly had a plan, and I could tell it was going his way. After an hour or so, I stood closely, silently by John while he presented my case -- he pleaded no contest with mitigating evidence (all of which his firm had instructed me to provide!). I was amazed how much he knew about me personally, how he had dissected each document I provided, and how strongly he stood in my defense. He was a natural -- good timing, solid logic, and sound argument. I found out that day that John is prior-military, which no doubt contributes to his work ethic, resourcefulness, professional relationships, and preparation. He was one of those civilians who, immediately after 9-11, put his dream of being a lawyer aside to defend his country. Even in that role, he stood out among Infantrymen as a Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer. In the Army, we call someone like John a Subject Matter Expert -- he is a man at the top of his game. At the same time, John is pleasant, personal, confident, and hard-working. The flat fee charged by John's firm was reasonable and more than worth the miraculous result John achieved -- me walking out of the courtroom 15min later, paying a lower-than-deserved fine, and driving back to work. John said afterwards that "the stars were aligned" for my case to turn out the way it did, but I know that John did the aligning himself by thoroughly preparing to defend me in court. John's heart and mind are 100% dedicated and committed to winning the "long shots." I don't ever plan to be in court again, God willing, but if I do, I will call John Matthew Weiland.
Posted by J
I was arrested for DUI 1st offense while visiting VA on the night of my father's funeral. It was the hardest day of my life turned nightmare. I knew I had made a terrible mistake, but now not only had I just lost my dad, I was also facing criminal charges. Distraught, I was recommended to Riley and Wells by a family friend, and thank goodness for them because they brought me to John. I explained the details of my case to Mr. Weiland and he was empathetic but bluntly honest which made me trust him, and he laughed at my jokes which made me like him. John worked with me on his fee due to my financial and personal circumstances. I hired him first thing the next morning.
John advocated for me from day one. He was always responsive when I called, getting back to me right away if I'd missed him, filed to try and get my BAC thrown out (it rarely is and it wasn't for me, but still a good effort), and always promptly sent me any new paperwork on my matter. He did everything any good lawyer should do, but John continually went above and beyond the call of duty as my case took some really strange and interesting turns.
I was ecstatic when John called me a few days before my court date to tell me that somehow he had gotten the prosecutor to be agree to bump me down to reckless driving. We had tried with another prosecutor for an earlier date that luckily was rescheduled, so I was relieved and impressed that he had convinced this one, especially since I had a BAC of .11. I was told later that getting bumped down to Reckless Driving is almost impossible unless your BAC was .08 or lower, so thanks again John for being that awesome. Unfortunately, the catch was that the prosecutor wanted me to spend two days in jail in exchange for the deal. So I took the plea for reckless driving, paid the minimum in fines ($250 before court fees) had the suspension of my driving privileges reduced from 1 year to 6 months, was sentenced to VASAP, and chose to go straight to jail from the court.
All things considered, I couldn't have asked for a better result, but my story didn't end there. I suffer from anxiety and was worried something would go wrong in jail, so John gave me his cell phone number before I was booked to ease my fears. Neither of us really thought I would have to use it. They booked me midday on Monday, and so my expected release was that Wednesday morning/early afternoon. But at 6 am on Wednesday morning I was told that I wasn't due for release until the following day. I almost had a panic attack. The phone system was so terrible I hadn't been able to reach a single person the whole time I was there and this was no exception. Before they sent me back to my cell at 1pm for what would be the second and final time I made one last call to John's cell. It didn't connect us, but John was able to hear that it was me calling from jail, which meant I was still there past the point I should have been. I had resigned myself to the fact that I would probably have to spend another night there until suddenly at 4:30 the guard unlocked my cell and told me I was being released.
Everything happened pretty quickly after that, it wasn't until an hour or so later when my cousins came to pick me up that I learned the full story. When John got the call he marched down to the jail and demanded that I be let out as at this point they were holding me wrongfully if not illegally. The jail tried to bully him into leaving and accepting my later release, but he refused. John actually tracked down the prosecutor and the judge and got a court order to get me released that day. Who knows what happened with the jail (John is still looking into it,) but John Weiland is my freaking hero.
Why hire a lawyer when you can hire an ally with the know-how and the character to not just defend you, but really fight for you? Hiring John was probably the only good decision I made in the wake of my dad’s death, it was worth every penny.
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