Drunk Driving | Serving Newport News, VA
Representing clients with Drunk Driving issues in Virginia, Tillotson & Martin, LLC, a reputable law firm based in Newport News.
When it comes to DUI Law in Virginia, we wrote the book. Literally. Recognized as specialists in our field and backed by the expertise we’ve gained from handling thousands of previous cases, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the authority in legal publishing, asked us to write the book on Virginia DUI Law as part of their Virginia Practice Series. Filled with crucial information about field sobriety tests and breath test operations, along with our own legal insights as DUI specialists and a “Lawyer-Scientist,” this book has become a resource for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike. To date, it is one of our greatest accomplishments, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue enhancing Virginia’s DUI law and procedures in the future.With Tillotson & Martin on your side, you can feel confident knowing that you’ll be working with a legal team unlike any other in the business. Our expertise and specialized training don’t just come from our ongoing education and professional experience. They are a reflection of the level of dedication we commit to our practice and our clients, because we truly care about delivering the best defense possible—and the best results! Our approach is both compassionate and aggressive, applying the right strategy with the right amount of force to make the biggest impact in the courtroom. Not only that, but we make working with our team as easy for our clients as possible, offering same-day appointments, free consultations, and after-hours accessibility by phone.
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Michael C. Tillotson has dedicated his professional career to helping those in need. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Criminal Justice in 1986. He was awarded the Alpha Phi Sigma Award for graduating with the highest grade point average in Criminal Justice Studies. He graduated from William & Mary Law School in 1990.
Michael has continued his education in the area of DUI/DWI defense over the last 30 years. He has attended well over 100 seminars and courses focusing on all aspects of a DUI case. He is a trained operator on three separate breath test machines, including the EC/IR II. He received training in breath test machine maintenance and calibration. Michael hosted and spoke at two EC/IR II seminars in Virginia that were attended by attorneys from eight states, as well as some Virginia Judges. To his knowledge, he and his partner are the only attorneys in Virginia that have a working EC/IR in their office. Michael uses the EC/IR in his office to test clients and to do research on various issues involving breath testing. He has completed the NHTSA SFST Student Course which is the same course police officers go through. In addition, he completed the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Instructors Course. He helped teach the Field Sobriety student course in Atlanta and has been invited to help teach officers at the local police academy. He has learned about all aspects of blood testing in the context of DWI - drugs and alcohol.
In 2008, Michael was recognized by Thomson/Reuters (formerly West Publishing – the largest and oldest legal publishing company in America) as one of the premier experts on DUI/DWI defense in all of Virginia. Michael was honored to be selected to write the book for DUI/DWI defense as part of the Virginia Practice Series. The book is titled, “Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological, and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case (Vol. 16, Virginia Practice Series)”. He and his law partner, Jeff Martin, have revised the book every year since then. The book is sold to lawyers, judges, and prosecutors annually throughout all of Virginia. It is in law libraries across the state, and many judges have commented on having the book and using it for guidance.
Michael Tillotson & I started our firm with one simple goal: to be the best DWI/DUI attorneys in Virginia. Reaching our goal keeps us very busy in the courtroom and classroom.
Over a decade ago, we were asked by Thompson Reuters Westlaw to author an entirely new book in their authoritative series for Virginia judges and lawyers. We wrote Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological, and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case, (Vol. 16, Virginia Practice Series) and continue to update it every year as new laws and cases come out. The current edition is over 800 pages and sells to attorneys at more than $400. Being “Westlaw Authors” we have free and unlimited access to their massive digital library. Because it is free to us, all of our research for your case is also free.
I was the first and am currently one of only two attorneys in Virginia with an American Chemical Society (ACS) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of ACS. This training and designation means that I understand the science of blood testing for DUI, DUI-drug, and solid drug cases.
We train other attorneys in DUI Defense. We have been asked by Virginia CLE to teach Virginia attorneys DUI Testing: Breath, Blood, and Field Sobriety Tests. In addition, we host the only EC/IR II Breath Test Seminar in Virginia to educate judges and attorneys about the limitations of breath testing on the Intox EC/IR II.
I am trained on the EC/IR II and we own the Intox EC/IR. Recently, our firm discovered that Virginia’s EC/IR II has not been operating properly since 2015. I am also trained on the NHTSA Field Sobriety Tests and completed classes in NHTSA’s DRE training (Drug Recognition Expert).
Mr. Martin, thank you for caring and being the person you are. I appreciate you visiting with me. In life, there are people who make a difference in a tough situation, you and your staff have done that.
Mr. Martin, Your services for myself and my family have exceeded our expectations. When times got tough, you have helped us in ways we otherwise would have been in distress. Thank you so much for your knowledge, advice, and going out of your way to help with other issues aside from the case at hand.
Words cannot express my gratitude for all of your hard work in my case. You became more than just a lawyer, but a friend.
Mr. Tillotson and his team all became a part of my support system. I truly do not believe I could have ever shared the same experience anywhere else, nor the same perfect results. All the hard work paid off and it literally changed my life. You touch so many lives with your diligent efforts. Don’t forget that! I will forever thank you and think of you often.
Mr. Tillotson, you really are the best! I will refer you to everyone I know!
Mr. Tillotson provided the absolute best defense possible. He took the time to listen to how and why things happened. He made me laugh when I cried. He talked to me on the phone. He called me in the evening. He GENUINELY cares about his clients. I'm serious. He really does care.
I would recommend Mr. Tillotson to anybody with a DUI charge.
I am writing today to say thank you for all your support during this rough time that I had to endure. Your continuous dedication to my case showed me that you took time to prove my innocence.
The kindness of your staff, yourself, and the doctor shows me that there are good people out there in the world willing and ready to defend those that are truly innocent and made an honest mistake. My life would have been in shambles without your help.
You have given me a second chance at life without the thoughts of having to worry about my insurance going up, going to jail, losing my license, and sitting in an asap class. People like you are a true godsend, an angel at that.
Thank you again; there are not enough words in the dictionary that can express how I feel.
Jeff saved my job which probably saved my marriage! I would recommend him to everyone.