John M. Weiland

John Weiland is a fast-thinking trial attorney who focuses his practice on DUI, criminal and traffic defense. John has successfully represented thousands of reckless driving, DUI / DWI, underage possession of alcohol, and drug possession and distribution clients. In each of the years from 2018 – 2021, John has been the only attorney in the Central Virginia area to be recognized for DUI / DWI Defense by Super Lawyers. Before defending those accused of crimes and traffic violations, John litigated complex civil cases in Virginia and Federal courts. This research and writing-intensive background has provided John a unique analytical skill set for applying new, creative and successful legal arguments to otherwise extremely difficult criminal and traffic cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, John served as a Green Beret with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He maintains an ongoing promise to each of his clients to always fight to achieve the best possible outcome. He has been published by The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association regarding DUI / DWI defense. John has the necessary trial experience and fortitude to provide aggressive representation tailored to each specific client’s needs.

John defends individuals charged with any criminal offense or traffic infraction including: speeding, failure to obey a highway sign, reckless driving, DUI / DWI, hit and run, eluding a police officer, driving on a suspended license, underage possession of alcohol and drug possession.

Published Works

Defending the Practicalities of DUI in Virginia

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Defense
  • DUI / DWI Defense

Bar Admissions:

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


  • University of Richmond School of Law J.D., cum laude
    • Trial Advocacy Board member
    • CALI Awards (highest grade in class):
      • Advanced Trial Practice
      • Products Liability
      • Corporate Finance
      • Local Government
  • University of Virginia, B.A.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Virginia Bar Association – Present Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) – Present Member
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) – Present Member

John M. Weiland

  • phone (804) 355-8037
  • fax (804) 355-8875
  • email: Contact Me