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Michael James Hartley

Criminal defense Attorney at South Hill, VA

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    11 years, 400 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    11 years, 100 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

    11 years, 200 cases

  4. Violent crime

    11 years, 50 cases

  5. Domestic violence

    11 years, 100 cases

  6. Juvenile law

    11 years, 100 cases

I practice in Mecklenburg County, Brunswick County, Greensville County, Dinwiddie, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Halifax, Emporia, Boydton, and Lawrenceville. My goal is to achieve the best possible outcome in every case whether a client is accused or reckless driving, speeding, DUI, or any other crime. I have chosen criminal defense as a practice area because of the serious impact accusations can have on a person's life. Many people are surprised to learn that reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Virginia and that traveling 100 m.p.h. can lead to jail time in many jurisdictions. I have represented people accused of murder, malicious wounding, drug distribution and possession, traffic charges, possession of marijuana, and driving on a suspended license. I represent Virginians and those who live out of state but are charged in Virginia. Call as soon as possible to protect your rights.

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

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Price Benowitz LLP
231 E. Atlantic St.
South Hill, VA, 23970


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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Price Benowitz, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender II
  • Roanoke City Public Defender
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Glenn Robinson & Cathey PLC
  • 2013 - 2014


  • Washington and Lee School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2012
  • University of Virginia
  • B.A,
  • 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018


  • Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (18 Wash. & Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 95)
  • What's New Is Old Again: Why Padilla v. Kentucky Applies Retroactively
  • 2011

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South Hill Criminal defense Lawyer Michael James Hartley
Michael James Hartley
Criminal defense Attorney
South Hill, VA
Licensed for 10 years