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Charles Vanevera Hardenbergh

DUI and DWI Attorney at Lexington, VA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1997
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2005

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Phi Kappa Phi; Omicron Delta Epsilon; Kappa Alpha Order. Recipient: John Robert Philpott Medal for Excellence in Business Studies, 1992-1993; United States Army Meritorious Service Medal, 1999. Listed, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1992-1993; Judge Advocate General's Award for Excellence in Claims, 1998; Company Grade Instructor of the Year, School of Acquisition Management, Army Logistics Management College, 2000. Virginia Military Scholarship Grants, 1993 and 2004. Working Papers: "Mescalero Millionaires and Affluent Apaches: How Native American Tribes can Use Section 121 of the Internal Revenue Code to Capitalize on Their Non-alienable Reservation Land and Pay Nothing in Taxes;" "Canaveral International and the Arrangement of One's Affairs so That His Taxes Shall Be as Low as Possible: How Planners Can Best Avoid Imposition of Internal Revenue Code Section 269." Chief of Legal Assistance, Chief of Claims, Assistant Trial Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1997-1999. Faculty, Army Logistics and Management College, School of Acquisition Management, U.S. Army JAG Corps, Fort Lee, Virginia, 1999-2001. Brigade Trial Counsel, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army JAG Corps, Camp Hovey, South Korea, 2001-2002. Trial Defense Attorney, U.S. Army JAG Corps, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 2002-2003. Administrative Law Attorney, U.S. Army JAG Corps, Ft. Lee, Virginia, 2003-2004. Professor of Law and Accounting, Economics and Business Department, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, 2004-2007. Passed, Certified Public Accountant Exam, 2007. Chief Justice, Mock Trial Competition, University of Virginia Law School, 1995. Head, Tax Assistance Program and Volunteer, La Salida Juvenile Offender Alternative Sentencing Program, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, 1998 and 1999. Advisor: Military Retirees Appreciation Day, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2002; Pre-Law Society, Virginia Military Institute, 2005-2007. Institutional Advisor, Sussex State Prison, Sussex Circuit Court, 2004.


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Charles V. Hardenbergh, PC
14 E. Nelson Street
Suite 100
Lexington, VA, 24450
Charles V. Hardenbergh, PC
139 Monroe Street
2nd Floor
Petersburg, VA, 23803
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Attentive Staff
I spoke with Joshua about options available to me regarding a reckless driving situation. What is absolutely outstanding is the time and consideration made available to me. I left the conversation better able to make an informed decision.
Posted by Ben | November 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Returning Home
While driving home to New England I was given a citation for speeding in Virginia.I hired Attorney Hardenbergh. He along with Mr. Paul Creasey did a fantastic job in my defense resulting in reduced charges. Thank you both.
Posted by Mitchell | August 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very good law firm
I would recommend Charles V Hardenbergh's law firm to everyone. The law firm is very professional. Everytime I called the firm someone answer the phone. If you call and they do not answer the phone they will call you back the very same day. The law firm will let you know everything you need to do as far as paperwork. I got a reckless driving ticket and it was put down to improper equipment.
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Posted by Cheryl | July 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Personal Service with Outstanding Staff
I spoke with 6 law offices to represent me for a Reckless Op Speeding Ticket in VA. Circumstances of the situation were heard in our phone conversation and good questions were asked. The professional and personable nature of Attorney Hardenbergh and staff member Ms. Blakely was very honest, supportive of my concerns and helped me feel comfortable about the process moving forward. After a thorough 30 minute consultation with Ms. Blakely, member of his legal staff, I immediately felt the connection I was seeking and hired this firm. 30 minutes later, Charles Hardenbergh called me back himself for a brief introduction and to begin his assistance. I will post a final review after my case is complete.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2022
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Would never hire again
The worst attorney I have ever dealt with. He is dishonest and will string you along. Very rude and unprofessional!! He takes your money and then abandons your case. Leaves important legal matters to his assistant who does not have a law degree. Hiring him was one of the biggest mistakes I've made!


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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2005.

Admonition issued in VA, 2005
updated on 01/28/2013

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.


  • University of Virginia
  • M.S.
  • 2005
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (13)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A few years ago when I had a trial scheduled a few blocks from Charles's/ Van's office, a lawyer I respect steered me Van's way when I was looking for the lay of that courthouse's land. Van called me soon after I left him a message, and gave me an on-the-money -- almost prescient -- reply about how to steer my client clear of a jailable conviction. That both shows his good read of dealing with the prosecutors and judges he appears before, and his generosity with his time with fellow criminal defense lawyers. I recommend Van's services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Van is the smartest traffic defense lawyer I know. He is a leader in his field and there are a multitude of satisfied clients who agree with me."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Other
"I have known Van since the 1980's and I can attest to his being not only THE BEST reckless driving attorney in Virginia, he is one of the most honest and principled men I have ever met. Van became an attorney a number of years before I did, and he has served as one of my primary mentors. I have referred my own family members' to Van in the past, and I will not hesitate to do so in the future. Judges hire this guy for representation. That fact alone says everything you need to know about how much other attorneys trust Van's legal knowledge and litigation skills."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Van in the area of traffic defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you get arrested for DUI I'd highly recommend Van. He does a terrific job, has a great reputation and a very, very good staff."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I regularly refer Criminal, DUI & Traffic cases to Van in the Lexington, Virginia area. He has an excellent reputation for successfully resolving criminal/dui/traffic issues for his clients. He is a respected member of the bar and is an effective litigator."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You definitely can not go wrong in selecting Van as your attorney. He cares about his clients and always goes the extra mile to detect and fight any issues that may be present. I have been lucky enough to spend time discussing DUI issues with him at various NCDD seminars. He is also only a phone call or email away if I ever need assistance. His support staff is second to none and you could not be in better hands. He strives to give clients a fair shake in an area where the odds are often stacked against him from the beginning, yet he is still able to be a success! Hiring Van is the best decision you could ever make."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia Reckless Driving and DUI lawyer Van Hardenbergh has proven to be an aggressive and effective advocate for his clients. Van is dedicated to becoming the best possible lawyer he can be and has earned a reputation among his peers as a bright, hard-working lawyer. For example, he recently was able to apply a ruling by appeals courts in a DUI case to calibrations done in Reckless Driving Speeding cases. His intelligence and aggressiveness has led to outstanding results for his clients. I highly recommend Van Hardenbergh"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work with the highest regard. Van Hardenbergh is the top DUI Attorney in Southwestern Virginia. He runs his practice with a level of precision and discipline that is consistent with his miliary background. I am in Fairfax, almost 200 miles away, and I am just glad that Van isn't here to compete with me for clients. Nevertheless, he is always there when I need help with insight into the most technical legal issues. Van is a respected member of the National College for DUI Defense, and provides assistance to attorneys nationwide on a wide variety of legal issues."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"We refer clients to Van on a regular basis because we know he will take good care of them. Van works hard to be the best lawyer possible. Van joined the National College of DUI Defense and quickly became a contributing member. Van is an experienced lawyer who is always striving to become better."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years, I have come to know and trust Attorney Hardenbergh. I cannot help but to be impressed. He has emailed me and I him at various hours of the day, night and on the weekends where we discus details on trial strategy and the science of defending the citizen among us has been accused of a DUI. He evidences the very best in our profession. Eager to learn and to share, he uses his reputation, knowledge and experience to maximize the chances of obtaining a fair, just and ethical result. He has developed a fine reputation that far exceeds the bounds of his state as evidenced by this lawyer who is physically located in Central Pennsylvania who can positively attest to his fine legal acumen."
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Lexington DUI and DWI Lawyer Charles Vanevera Hardenbergh
Charles Vanevera Hardenbergh
DUI and DWI Attorney
Lexington, VA
Licensed for 27 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2005. See details