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    Michael is an experienced attorney whose practice is focused on defending DUI cases. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies and received the Alpha Phi Sigma Award for graduation with the highest grade point average in Criminal Justice Studies from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1990.

    Michael is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).  He has been been recognized by the NCDD for his efforts as a Criminal Defense Attorney dedicated to the defense of citizens accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Michael is a nationally certified breath test operator and is NHTSA trained on field sobriety tests. He attends numerous DUI seminars across the country every year to keep abreast of all the latest innovative ways to defend DUI cases. Michael understands and uses legal, scientific, medical, and technical issues to fight DUI cases.

    Michael recently received a certification of training on the new Virginia ECIR II breath testing machine. During your initial consultation, he will explain how the machines work, and what factual, technical, scientific, medical, or legal defenses that may exist to win your case. This can be done in the office with a 30 minute video and access to his book “DUI/DWI Arrest Survival Guide - The Guilt Myth” online via the internet. We can also mail you a copy of the DVD and the book by contacting our office.

    Michael is dedicated to aggressively defending your rights and fighting for your freedom!


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    25 years
  2. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    25 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    25 years



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Contact info


13195 Warwick Boulevard
Suite 2A
Newport News, VA, 23602

Suite 2a
13195 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA, 23602-8313

13195 Warwick Blvd.
Suite 2a
Newport News, VA, 23602



VAAuthorized to practice law199203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe American Trial Lawyers Association2008
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe American Trial Lawyers Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMichael C. Tillotson, LLC - Attorneys at Law2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
West Group publicationVirginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case2010
Mining the Manuals and the GERD DefenseMining the Manuals and the GERD Defense2007
Video: Don't Walk This Line AloneAggressive Defense of Those Accused of DWI/DUI in Virginia2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EC/IR II Seminar - 1st AnnualEC/IR II Seminar2010
Newport News Public Defenders OfficeMining the Manuals and the GERD Defense2007