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Neill Averill Wente

DUI and DWI Attorney at Lexington, VA

5.0   34 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 20 years
    Kentucky - KY 20 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Neill

Learn Neill’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Trying cases since 2003. Felonies | Misdemeanors | Appeals | Litigation | Stop worrying, contact Neill today for a free consultation.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    If you have been charged with a DUI, you face harsh penalties under Virginia state law. You need a knowledgeable and professional attorney by your side. Call Neill now for aggressive representation.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    15%
    Neill can help you fight your speeding, reckless driving, or traffic violation. Call him today.

  4. Child custody
    10%
    Neill has successfully represented dozens of clients in child custody/visitation cases. Aggressive courtroom representation.

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%
    Having an excellent attorney on your side is critical to preserving your rights through the divorce process. Hire Neill to put your mind at ease.

  6. Domestic violence
    10%
    Being charged with domestic violence against someone you share a residence with can involve heartbreak and an extremely turbulent time in your life. You need an advocate that will be honest about your case and fight hard for you. Call now.

  7. Personal injury
    5%
    Neill has experience with personal injury cases.

Neill was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford County, Virginia. Following graduation from Washington and Lee University with a BA in Politics, he worked as an emergency services caseworker for Catholic Social Services in Mobile, Alabama.  In this position, Neill discovered his love for advocacy…helping clients to overcome difficulties which often seemed insurmountable, and decided to pursue a career in law.

 

Neill attended law school at the University of Kentucky, College of Law, where he graduated with his law degree in 2003.  During law school he clerked for the City of Lexington, Kentucky working in the Law Department, as well as the Planning and Zoning Department, where he became well versed in all facets of land use law and municipal law.

 

During his first three years as an attorney, Neill worked as a prosecutor in Lexington, Kentucky.  As a prosecutor, Neill managed a large docket, and gained valuable trial experience.  He became adept at the fundamentals of putting on a prima facie case, developed a mastery of evidence, and excelled at the art of argumentation and persuasion.

 

In 2006 Neill joined the Marine Corps, receiving his commission after 10 weeks of Officer Candidate School.  During more than eight years as an active duty judge advocate, Neill served in many exciting positions.   He deployed to Ramadi, Iraq with 6th Marine Regiment.  He worked for a Navy Command as a military Prosecutor.   His favorite billet was serving as a Military Defense Counsel at Camp Lejeune.  As a Defense Counsel he represented more than 200 Marines and sailors facing court martial or administrative separation.  

 

Neill left active duty in the summer of 2015 and currently lives with his wife and two young sons in Lexington, Virginia, where he opened his own law practice dedicated to serving clients in city of Lexington as well as the counties of Rockbridge, Bedford, Botetourt, Amherst and Alleghany.  

 

In his free time Neill enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.  He is a congregant at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lexington.

Location

Neill Averill Wente
14 East Nelson Street, Suite 102A
Lexington, VA, 24450-2230
Neill Averill Wente
4714 Forest Rd.
Bedford, VA, 24523
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Posted by L. Hunt | December 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Top Tier Lawyer
Mr. Wente is absolutely the real deal! It has taken me a few weeks to write my review because I want to post a review expressing his impressive work ethic. I also needed to reflect on how he turned a stressful and fearful situation into a calm process with an amazing outcome. Mr. Wente is a strong and straightforward communicator. The day I reached out to him for representation, he responded by the end of that day. He is available on several platforms. My review doesn’t give Mr. Wente the praise he deserves. He is professional and knowledgeable. He is not a new, inexperienced lawyer but a wise and clever lawyer. I promise you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Walid | July 13, 2021
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Reduce my ticket
I have reckless driving I was in panic situations. He took my case and he did amazing job . I was so happy that day ,he reduced from reckless to in proper lane . I recommend him to my entire family and friends. He really made magic in my case.I salute him by serving our great country United state of America
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless driving ticket dropped to normal speeding ticket
I am so glad that I hired attorney Neill for my reckless driving case. I was charged with a reckless driving ticket on I-81 for driving 80/60. I was afraid because reckless driving is a criminal offense in state of Virginia. He was so professional in handling my case. He kept good communication with me, gave the best advice and had my case dropped to a normal speeding ticket 70/60 with a monetary fine. I would recommend him 100% for a driving ticket.
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Posted by Robert | June 8, 2020
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Reduced My Ticket
Thanks to Neill who was able to reduce my ticket from reckless driving to improper driving which was a major benefit to me.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience with Neill Wente
I found Neill Wente through an online search after receiving my first speeding ticket in 20+ years. Unfortunately, I was going over 70 mph and was facing a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. I live 7 hours from VA, and I had no idea what to do. Neill got back to me within hours and talked me through my options. He was personable, calm and optimistic about my situation. I felt so much better after talking to him. Over the last few months, I’ve found Neill to be extremely responsive and quick to get back to me on questions I’ve had (and there have been many.) He followed up with phone calls and emails explaining what we would need to do. I felt confident and at-ease knowing Neill was representing me in court. I did not have to go back to VA, which saved me time and money. I felt his fees were fair, given the amount of work he put into my case. This week, after speaking with the prosecutor and going to court on my behalf, Neill got the charge was reduced to simple speeding. I can’t recommend Neill Wente highly enough. If you need someone to advocate for you and have your back, you won’t find a better attorney than Neill. I am grateful for his work on my behalf, and I think he’s a great lawyer and a good person.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2019
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Constance Hartley
I got a speeding ticket in Lexington going 89/70.Mr Wente got me reduced and was most appreciated.I was also able to keep my job.He is very reasonably priced.I am very satisfied by the outcome.I could not of gotten a great lawyer.
Posted by Joe | May 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mr
Neill Wente did a terrific job representing my son. Sharp, thoughtful and responsive, Neill explained the best strategy for us going forward and the steps we should take in order to get the desired outcome. We were very pleased with the outcome and would recommend Neill to anyone! Joe
Posted by Joe | March 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Money well spent~
I was pulled over and cited for reckless driving, 90 in a 70 zone. Neill, in preparation, was very thorough and informative with regard to what needed to be accomplished prior to my court date. His anticipated outcome of my situation was exceeded by the courts decision to my advantage! I couldn't be more pleased with my decision to secure his services and would recommend him without reservation. Thanks again.
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Posted by Doug | March 9, 2019
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best possible experience
While traveling on I-81 in Rockbridge county, I received a speeding ticket (93/70). The speedometer calibration test that Neill suggested resulted in a drop from 93mph to 90mph. By following this and other advice from him, I was able to get the best possible outcome. The reason I fully recommend Neill is because he is honest, positive and very prompt in responding to calls and emails.
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Posted by Mike | September 3, 2018
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Responsive, honest, and effective
I received a speeding ticket in Rockbridge County, VA last summer, 92 in a 70. Being from out of state I didn’t realize the significance of the reckless driving charge. When I got back home, I started researching and calling lawyers. A lot of attorneys I came across invested in a lot of marketing and made a lot of promises. I made some phone calls and spoke to some paralegals and associates, but when I called Neill and left him a message, he called me back himself to speak to me. In fact I only spoke to Neill, I was never handed off to an assistant. He was upfront and realistic about the charge and what expectations I should have, and his rates were very reasonable. Reducing the misdemeanor reckless driving charge was very important to me so I hired Neill, followed all of his advice, and even made the trip back to VA for the hearing. As the case was heard, Neill made a strong argument on my behalf and the judge even commented that I was lucky to have hired a good attorney. The charge was reduced to a standard speeding charge of 79 in a 70. Throughout the case, I found Neill to be responsive, honest, and effective. He had great local knowledge of the court system and the people involved and his fees were the most reasonable. Neill, I meant to write this review sooner, thank you for your help with this and best of luck in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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Very Helpful and Proactive - Possession with Intent case
I am from out of state and was charged with 7 counts of possession with intent to distribute in Buena Vista, VA. Neill was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the entire case. He worked with me on answering the many questions I had regarding the case as well as many other extraneous details involved with me being in school and out of state. He was proactive in dealing with the prosecutor and did a phenomenal job at negotiating my sentence. He managed to get me a first offenders agreement for an otherwise possibly very poor outcome. I am very grateful for his services. I would recommend him to anyone facing these sorts of charges in the area. His fees were also very reasonable for the services provided compared to many others in the area.
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Posted by Eric | June 9, 2018
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failure to maintain control
Neil explained to me what my options were in from best case to worst case scenario. He also told me what was likely to happen from his experience. He then went to court for me and fought for me Ultimately he got me a outcome i can live with better than expected that will result in a dismissal.
Posted by Ismael | January 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless driving
My lawyer from the start gave me options to help me reduce my chances of getting jail time in Virginia for reckless driving is considered a felony in that state. He was honest once the court date came and argued in my defense. He was very clear and determined in arguing in my matter and I got the charge reduced and had to pay a fine. I was more then happy. Very determined and honestly humble individual that love what he does. Couldn’t thank him enough about everything he has done went above and beyond
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Posted by Marcus | January 7, 2018
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Excellent job
After a previous attorney mass up my case in the District Court for reckless driving 86/70 the judge found me guilty, I decided to appeal for the Circuit Court and hired Neil Wente at this time , he told me exactly what to do and the Circuit Court reduce my ticket to regular violation and no criminal record I really recommend him to defend your case also he has affordable price compared to others attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2017
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Highly Recommended
Neill represented me in a Citizen Warrant Reckless Driving case. He was the only attorney in town I talked to who recommended the course of action which ultimately led to him being able to get the charge against me dropped. His fee was well worth it and very reasonable. Neill took great interest in my case from the beginning and was very easy to reach anytime I had a question.
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Posted by Paula | September 18, 2017
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Best Lawyer Ever
My son was driving through Virginia and was pulled over and given a speeding ticket (80/70). This was the first traffic ticket he's ever gotten and it would have caused a steep increase in my auto insurance not to mention points and negative history on his drivers license. I chose Attorney Neill Wente after reading his positive reviews. He was very honest with me from the beginning and let me know the odds of getting the ticket reduced. I went ahead and retained him, knowing the odds were against us. He was right, he wasn't able to get it reduced; he got it DISMISSED!! My son has to go to traffic school and maintain a clean history for a six month period. He is an amazing attorney who is quick to respond and has the highest degree of integrity. Thank you Neill for your professionalism and tenacity.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2017
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Excellent Representation
Neill responded to my initial call promptly. He took great care to document details of my case, was sensitive and respectful. Afterwards, he took great care to ensure my scheduling difficulties were addressed. Neill made sure to follow up with multiple phone calls and gave me good advice about how to proceed. I was very pleased with his representation and got the outcome I was hoping for. For these reasons, I highly recommend Neill Wente.
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Posted by Nikita | August 3, 2017
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Amazing Results - Reckless Driving 89/60!
I received a reckless speeding ticket in Botetourt County, one of the most strict counties in VA (89 in a 60.) I was very positive that my license was going to be revoked or worst, I was going to end up with a misdemeanor charge. I was recommended Neill and hiring him as my lawyer was the best thing I could have done. From the very start, he was proactive and consistently offered ideas he believed could help my case. He worked with my prosecutor to wave my appearance, so I didn't have to miss work or pay hotel and gas fees to drive four hours to appear in front of the judge. He was very easy to work with and was always readily available to answer any questions I had. Whatever he did in court worked because my almost 30 over reckless got reduced to improper driving and I was cleared of any criminal charges. I also only received 3 points for 3 years on my record vs. 6 points for 11 years on my record. I 100% percent recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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Excellent
Neill is personable, yet professional. At a very reasonable price, too. Neill and I had a few minute phone call about my traffic case and he told me to prepare a few documents. This was great advise, as the charge was completely dropped due to his suggestions. He is quick to respond to calls and answer emails.
Posted by William | June 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation!
Mr. Wente masterfully dissected what would normally be an unbeatable DUI charge and reached a settlement where I pled guilty to a mere Reckless Driving. If there is any chance of getting a charged dropped or reduced, Neill is the man for the job. I would recommend this lawyer to anyone who wants to get the best possible results in seemingly hopeless situations.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Neill Wente, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Prosecutor, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, MARFORCOM
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Defense Counsel
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Deputy Regimental Judge Advocate, RCT-6
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Prosecutor
  • Lexington/Fayette Kentucky
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk/Legal Department
  • Lexington/Fayette Kentucky
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Law clerk/ Zoning Department
  • Lexington/Fayette Kentucky
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Virginia, TJAGLCS
  • 2012
  • University of Virginia, TGJAGLCS
  • 2011
  • Naval Justice School
  • 2010
  • Universtiy of Virginia, TJAGLCS
  • 2008
  • Naval Justice School
  • 2007
  • Naval Justice School
  • 2007
  • Univesity of Kentucky Collge of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI 3rd Offense Felony
  • Reduced to midemeanor based on case law prohibiting one of the prior DUI convictions from out of state from being used to elevate this DUI to a felony.

Associations

  • Lexington Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Nave and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2015
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2010
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2009
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2009
  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Staff Judge Adovcate Course
  • Processing Officer Misconduct
  • 2014
  • Legal Officer Course
  • Administrative Separations Processing
  • 2014
  • Republic of Georgia Battalion Training Program
  • Law of War and Rules of Engagement
  • 2012
  • Deployment Training
  • Rules of Engagment and the Law of War
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Neill is a dependable, hardworking lawyer who takes a personal interest in his clients and making sure he achieves the best results possible. We have worked together on several matters and he always produces great results. My highest recommendation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neill Wente is the kind of attorney who can see the big picture all at once and who NEVER gives up! He doesn't care what it takes to get it done for you, he'll do it. Laid back but super smart, you can't go wrong with Neill!"
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Lexington DUI and DWI Lawyer Neill Averill Wente
Neill Averill Wente
DUI and DWI Attorney
Lexington, VA
Licensed for 20 years
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