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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Law

  • Driving While Intoxicated

  • Traffic Violations



  • Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia



  • William and Mary School of Law, J.D.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, M.P.A.

  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A.




Mitchell M. Wells concentrates his law practice in the areas of criminal law, DUI and traffic violations, and has defended hundreds of cases.


Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud section of the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Wells was responsible for supervising various fraud investigations and litigating Virginia false claim actions in federal court pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.


Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Wells served as a Virginia State Trooper for eight years. Mr. Wells investigated thousands of criminal, drug, DUI, traffic and accident cases; was rated "exceptional" by the Virginia State Police; and, he received 23 commendations for his exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was also filmed by the television show "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol." Mr. Wells was certified by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science as a Breath Test Operator, and by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as a Crime Prevention Specialist, General Instructor, R.A.D.A.R. operator, V.A.S.C.A.R. operator, and to administer the NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests.


While attending law school, Mr. Wells was a summer law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and prosecuted criminal, DUI and traffic cases as an intern for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Henrico County, Virginia.


Mr. Wells represents clients throughout the Richmond-Petersburg Central Virginia area which includes the following jurisditions: Caroline County, Town of Bowling Green, Hanover County, Henrico County, New Kent County, City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, City of Colonial Heights, City of Petersburg, City of Hopewell, Prince George County, City of Emporia, Greensville County, Sussex County, Town of Waverly, Dinwiddie County, Brunswick County, Town of Lawrenceville.



  • Virginia State Bar

  • National College for DUI Defense

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association

  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court



  • Brannon v. Commonwealth, Record No. 1419-07-2, (Va. Ct. App. 2008)

  • Co-Author, "Defending The DUI Charge," VTLA Journal, Volume 19, Number 4, 2008


Continuing Legal Education:

  • The Art of Persuasion: Painting Powerful Images In DUI Cases

  • Frank Dunham Federal Criminal Defense Conference

  • 4th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner

  • Virginia Criminal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Defending Serious Traffic Cases: Smart Strategy, Creative Tactics

  • 3rd Annual Indigent Criminal Defense: Advanced Skills For The Experienced Practitioner

  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases

  • The Criminal Defense Trial From Start To Finish

  • Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Speeding Ticket: 33%
  3. DUI & DWI: 33%



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Payment types:

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Contact info

315 South Main Street
Emporia, VA, 23847

Riley & Wells Attorneys At Law

2201 Libbie Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23230

100 East Broadway Avenue
Hopewell, VA, 23860



VAAuthorized to practice law200503/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyersRichmond Magazine2012
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Top LawyersRichmond Magazine2011
Certificate of Completion - Summer Session - Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2010
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Today's Top OpinionVirginia Lawyers Weekly2008
Certificate of Completion-Summer Session-Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2008
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia2006
AdmittedU.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia2006
AdmittedU.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit2006
Certificate of Completion-Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRiley & Wells - Attorneys-At-Law2008 - Present
AssociateBoone, Beale, Cosby & Long2006 - 2007
Assistant Attorney Generalthe Office of the Attorney General of Virginia2005 - 2006
Law ClerkThe Honorable Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia2003 - 2003
Virginia State TrooperVirginia State Police1994 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Richmond Criminal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Henrico County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gary Dwight Brannon v. Commonwealth of VirginiaNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
ForbesGot A Ticket? Here's How Much Your Car Insurance Premiums Will Increase2012
Court of Appeals of VirginiaGary Dwight Brannon v. Commonwealth of Virginia2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
EC/IR II Seminar - Technological & Medical DefensesBreath TestingCLE2011
Defending Serious Traffic Cases:Smart Strategy, Creative TacticsVirginiaCLE2007
National College for DUI DefenseDUIMaster of Scientific Evidence2006
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPublic AdministrationMPA - Masters2000
Virginia State Police AcademyStandardized Field Sobriety TestingTrained to Administer SFST1995
Virginia Department of Forensic ScienceBreath TestingCertified Breath Test Operator1995
Virginia State PoliceCriminal Law & Traffic LawVirginia State Trooper1995
Virginia Military InstituteEconomics & BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1994