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Jeffrey Cantwell Martin

DUI and DWI Attorney at Newport News, VA

4.7   15 reviews

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    90%

    12 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    I co-authored the DUI Practice Manual for West's Virginia Practice Series and have tried hundreds of DWI and other criminal cases.

    12 years, 1,500 cases

Michael Tillotson & I started our firm with one simple goal: to be the best DWI/DUI attorneys in Virginia. Reaching our goal keeps us very busy in the courtroom and classroom.


I am was the first and am currently one of only two attorneys in Virginia with an American Chemical Society (ACS) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of ACS. This training and designation means that I understand the science of blood testing for DUI, DUI-drug, and solid drug cases.


We train other attorneys in DUI Defense. We host the only EC/IR II Breath Test Seminar in Virginia to educate judges and attorneys about the limitations of breath testing on the Intox EC/IR II. I am trained on the EC/IR II and we own the Intox EC/IR. Recently, our firm has discovered that Virginia’s EC/IR II has not been operating properly since 2015.


Michael Tillotson & I have been asked to teach Virginia attorneys DUI Testing: Breath, Blood, and Field Sobriety Tests by the Virginia Law Foundation that presents VirginiaCLE.


I am an active member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), Forensic Chromatography Lawyers (ChromLawyers), Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL).


I graduated with honors from the William & Mary School of Law with the Gambrell Professional Award for written and oral advocacy and was one of only eleven students recognized for excellence in research, writing, analysis, and trial practice. I was awarded the Perkins Trust Scholarship and received the CALI Award for my work with the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic. I completed my requirements as a Mediator and was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.


My Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Towson University helps me in my work with the scientific and medical aspects of DUI. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with extensive course work in physiology and chemistry, and with a host of awards and scholarships. I participated in original research and worked at the University’s anatomy & physiology lab. I was also a trauma tech at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma (MIEMSS) in the Critical Care and Intensive Care Units.


In the years between undergrad and law school, I sharpened my speaking and advocacy skills by leading two successful churches in Appalachia and Wisconsin.


When not practicing the law throughout Virginia, I live with my wonderful wife, daughter, and dog in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Co-author of Virginia DUI Law of West's Virginia Practice Series
Licensed for 12 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/01/2022

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

Contact Jeffrey

Tillotson & Martin, L.L.C.
13195 Warwick Blvd.
Suite 2A
Newport News, VA, 23602
Tillotson & Martin, L.L.C.
One Columbus Center, Suite 672A
(Sattelite Office - by appointment only)
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not Guilty
I hired Jeff to represent me in an appeal to Fredericksburg Circuit Court after being found guilty of DUI BAC >.20 in Fredericksburg General District Court. Jeff humiliated the "expert" witness and prosecution during cross examination; I was found Not Guilty.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I got charged with DWI 1st Offense and thought my life was ruined after that. I looked all over for lawyers but Jeff Martin stood out to me when I told him my story. He was the only lawyer that told me he would do everything he could to help me with my case (instead of just settling with charge as other lawyers said they would most likely do). Mr. Martin worked tirelessly and with such care on my case and knew how I felt. I walked away with a reckless which lowered my charge tremendously. I never felt so happy and safe with someone and something so personal towards me. Thank you so much Mr. Martin, you have no idea how much you saved my life!
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Posted by Michael | March 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Well Known
As a person that has been in sales for most of my life I understand the delicate relationship between product knowledge and the personal relationship you establish with your client and those around them. Mr. Martin has an unparalleled knowledge of the DUI laws in a very stringent state of Virginia, has literally “written the book “about them and from my experience as a stellar reputation in and around that world. Not only were his legal skills extremely valuable but his relationships And reputation carried a lot of weight. At least in my situation anyway. I am very grateful for his service, timeliness and abilities.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best representation you will find
Mr. Martin, I am thankful to have had you represent me during this time. You were professional, realistic, and honorable. From the minute you took the case, you were honest about what to expect during the ordeal. Things did not look great leading up to the court date, but you seized an opportunity and successfully defended me. The case was thrown out thanks to your diligence. Thank you so much for all you have done for myself and my family.
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Posted by Kenny | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attornyes anywhere around
I was charged for an accident and later charged with a DUI. I was represented by Michael Tillotson and Jeff Martin. They were there every step of the way and always had time for my case and my concerns. I would recommend them to anyone you wanted a good and honest attorney. They never left me feeling alone or judged me. This made a difficult time bearable. My thanks and heartfelt appreciation to this team
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Posted by ND | April 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I was charged with a DUI and I blew a 0.08. I thought life was over. Attorney Martin was there for me throughout the entire ordeal. He advised me that the case would not be as easy as I had thought, but prepared me for the possible outcomes. The prosecutor denied a plea bargain, so attorney Martin decided we should go to trial! The outcome of the trial was a better result than the plea bargain. I got to keep my license and I did not have to attend ASAP. I would recommend Attorney Martin to anyone who has been charged with a DUI!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Phone Interview
We're interviewing attorneys for our daughter, who's recuperating from a one-car accident. Mr. Martin was very thorough, explaining the legal process from hiring to the case itself. Also impressed with his science background and how important it is to working his cases. Still interviewing, but Mr. Martin's at the top of the list.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate About Helping Clients
As a past client, I can recommend Jeff Martin as an outstanding attorney who goes out of his way for his clients. His full understanding of the laws, court systems, and other circumstances gives him the edge to help his clients achieve the best possible outcome. Together with his staff you can expect to receive prompt actions in your best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DUI First Offense
When you are charged and/or convicted of a DUI it can make you feel lower than dirt. All sorts of emotions like shame, regret, anger at yourself, depression and fear. When I put out an online search for an attorney Jeff Martin of Tillotson & Martin was one of the first to reach out with advice and support. He is very caring, understanding and truly wants to help people. The best thing to ease you mind during this difficult time is to get all the information and facts about VA DUI laws. Jeff Martin is the number one expert.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not have asked for a better lawyer
I hired Mr. Martin to represent me for a DUI charge. This was my first experience with the justice system and I could not imagine getting through it without his expertise. Mr. Martin spent hours answering my questions, walking me through the process, and ultimately got the charge dropped to reckless driving. In addition to his mastery of DUI law, Mr. Martin is a genuinely kind and thoughtful man. His staff are also wonderful and incredibly helpful people. I strongly recommend hiring Mr. Martin if you are charged with a DUI. You will not regret it.
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Posted by Winton | July 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Firm!!!
Mr.Martin represented me in two cases one was dui, driving on suspended which was totally dismissed and the other was reckless driving which was reduced to improper driving..... I highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Jonathan | May 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid Solid Solid - knows his stuff 5 stars
I reached out to Jeff because I had an out of state DUI and was at a loss on how to approach the circumstances since I hold a VA license and concerned about meeting requirements of TWO states - not a good situation to be in... Jeff responded within 15 minutes to my email request at 8 pm at night by phoning me directly. We chatted for nearly an hour and he answered a multitude of questions about the process going forward and guidance to deal with the a tough and imposing legal situation. Bottom-line - he was able to bring clarity out of a very foggy circumstance and set me on a good path. Since I had to hire a lawyer in AZ to handle my case there, I couldn't use Jeff for the main case. But like I said he was super informative and helpful on phone in guiding me to be sure I satisfied both VA and AZ in all requirements. Plus he helped me without charging !!! He wouldn't take a fee for the time he spent. Amazing - what good character and super easy to talk to ! ***My advice - interview a few attorneys in general if you can. But --- I would recommend Jeff as the first person to handle a case of DUI in VA. He is worth your time to talk to and check out if looking for a solid attorney. I will use him and suggest him to others - without a doubt.
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Posted by Marlene | September 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
YES - definitely very helpful. In on a few minutes I was given extremely helpful information and very professional advise
Posted by Brent | October 28, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Through his diligent attention to detail, he helped me win my case as fast as it started. His quick thinking and knowledge of the law had the case dismissed and the charges dropped.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional Counsel
Jeff Martin may be a nice guy, but if you are charged with a DUI, you will need more than ‘nice’ for an effective defense strategy. My experience leads me to believe his counsel was simply unprofessional. I hired Jeff Martin on December 7, 2017 and my experience transpired over eight months, which I will summarize below. Mr. Martin exhibited exceptional enthusiasm to provide me counsel prior to receiving relevant evidence. Initially, Mr. Martin was very sympathetic to my situation and willing to learn about the details… that is, before he received payment to represent me. He provided tall tales of his influential relationships and success stories that were merely an anecdotal façade of irrelevant and unrealistic outcomes. Pointedly, once evidence arrived, Mr. Martin was unable to construct the defense for which I paid him. I wasn’t looking for a guarantee of a positive outcome, but I did deserve an intelligent and reasonable defense strategy. His best advice was to gameplay scenarios based on who the Judge assigned to my case may or may not be. Since those factors are beyond control, that should not have been a primary approach for defense! Once present at my court appearance, I politely asked if he would submit a plea on my behalf, but he outright refused after allegedly inquiring before I arrived. Before the trial, I repeatedly inquired about the consequences of my potential conviction. Mr. Martin became frustrated answering this question multiple times and insinuated I might be mentally challenged, by comparing me to a client of his who required mental analysis as a result of her being physically assaulted. This was a completely unprofessional attitude for Counsel I was supposed to trust, and paid generously to represent my interests. After all, I am not an attorney and needed details with which I was unfamiliar. Here’s the reason I am writing a review of my experience with Jeff Martin: His demeanor in representing me quickly changed after my initial conviction, at which time I received a phone call from Mr. Martin to remove a critical online review I had posted. He spoke about appealing the case for my benefit. But in exchange, he required that I must promptly remove the online review and only then would his representation continue. We moved forward when I removed the review and we then “challenged” the ruling decision. Unfortunately, and ultimately, he did not provide any additional defense after he issued me guidance to appeal the initial decision. He never had a plan or direction for my defense and basically just held my hand as I was sentenced. Being ‘nice’ and having supposed influential relationship are NOT a reasonable substitution for adequate and effective representation. Personally, I do not trust Mr. Martin’s ability to provide counsel. I DO NOT RECOMMEND anyone hire Jeff Martin of Tillotson and Martin.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tillotson & Martin
  • 2012 - Present
  • Campus Pastor
  • Crosswalk Community Church
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Summer Associate
  • Law Office of Michael Tillotson
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Mediator
  • Community Mediation Center
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Clerk
  • Newport News Juvenile Drug Court
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Summer Intern
  • Jones Blechman Woltz & Kelly, PC
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Research Assistant
  • William & Mary School Of Law
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Executive Pastor
  • Spirit Life Church
  • 1991 - 2007
  • Board Member - Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Morehead University
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Senior Pastor
  • Word of Life Church
  • 1986 - 1991
  • Trauma Tech
  • University of Maryland Shock Trauma
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Lab Tech
  • Towson University Biology Department
  • 1982 - 1985
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Education

  • NCDD Serious Science: Advanced Training in Blood Drug Analysis and Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate
  • 2019
  • University of Texas System, Arlington
  • Biosafety Level 2 Certification
  • 2019
  • University of Texas
  • Bloodborne Pathogens for Laboratory Research
  • 2019
  • Impaired Driving Specialists
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Overview Certificate
  • 2019
  • American Chemical Society
  • Forensic Lawer-Scientist
  • 2018
  • Axion Analytical Lab: Forensic Chromatography - Solid Drug Dose Testing
  • Certificate
  • 2017
  • Axion Analytical Lab: Forensic Chromatography - Principles of DUID
  • Certificate
  • 2017
  • Axion Analytical Labs
  • Certificate
  • 2016
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2015
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • PEATC
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • The Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Grace Theological Seminary
  • Master of Divinity
  • 1998
  • Towson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude
  • 1985
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Legal Cases

  • Com. v. Carlos M-R
  • Not Guilty!
  • Com. v. Kyle L.
  • DWI & Refusal reduced to Reckless!
  • Com. v. Michelle N.
  • DUI-D reduced to Reckless Driving!
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Society
  • Secretary
  • 1983 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in VA
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10% of DUI Lawyers in USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Premier Attorney
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" DUI/DWI Attorneys in Virginia
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 2015 Premier 100 Trial Attorneys
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • NHTSA Certification SFSTs
  • Platt & Associates
  • 2012
  • Excellence for the Future Award
  • CALI
  • 2010
  • Legal Skills Scholar Award
  • William & Mary School of Law
  • 2010
  • General District Court Mediator
  • Judicial Council of Virginia
  • 2010
  • Gambrell Professionalism Award for oral and written advocacy
  • College of William & Mary
  • 2009
  • Perkins Trust Scholarship Award
  • College of William & Mary Law School
  • 2009
  • CALI Award for Special Education Clinic
  • College of William & Mary Law School
  • 2009
  • VBA Community Servant
  • The Virginia Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Ordination
  • Faith Memorial Church
  • 1986
  • Who's Who Outstanding Merit Award
  • Who's Who American Universities
  • 1983
  • The National Dean's List Award
  • National Dean's List
  • 1983
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Publications

  • Thomson Westlaw
  • Virginia Practice Vol. 16: Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 10th Edition
  • 2019
  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Virginia Practice Vol. 16: Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 8th Edition
  • 2017
  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Virginia Practice Vol. 16: Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 6th Edition
  • 2015
  • Thomson West Publication
  • Virginia Practice Vol. 16: Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 5th Edition
  • 2014
  • West Legalworks Virginia Practice Series
  • Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 4th Edition
  • 2013
  • Volume 16 of West's Virginia Practice Series
  • Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 3rd Edition
  • 2012
  • Thomson Reuters West Publishing
  • Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, 2nd Edition
  • 2011
  • Harbor House Law Press
  • All About IEPs, editor
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal Continuing Legal Education
  • Special Education: The New Fight for Civil Rights
  • 2016
  • EC/IR II Seminar2
  • The History of Driving Under the Influence in Virginia
  • 2011
  • EC/IR II Seminar
  • The History of Driving Under the Influence in Virginia
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Jeffrey
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Martin is an outstanding attorney and zealous advocate for his Clients. His knowledge of DUI matters is superb and I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff has an encyclopedic knowledge of Virginia DUI law. I highly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected and overall a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff Martin is one of the most dedicated DUI defense lawyers in Virginia. He remains current with the latest legal developments in breath and blood testing and the law. He serves as a mentor to other DUI attorneys both in person and through his book on DUI defense."
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