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No matter what you're up against, I'll be straightforward about your case, and your options, every step of the way.

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I provide an aggressive approach and am committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for your case.

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Facing a legal issue is never easy, but I'll stay focused on what matters most to you and the success of your case.

Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer Serving Abingdon and Tazewell, Virginia

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Michael J. Letsen

Attorney at Law

I'm not one of those attorneys who always knew they wanted to be a lawyer. However, I've always been motivated to serve others and was previously a youth minister before changing careers. One day, I felt a calling to the legal profession and knew it was the right decision for me. After obtaining my law degree from the Appalachian School of Law, I initially started out as a prosecutor. With a desire to help others who may not be able to help themselves, I transitioned to become a criminal defense attorney for those accused of crimes. While criminal defense and DUI cases make up the majority of my clients, I also have the experience needed to benefit victims of car accidents as well. Whether you live in Bristol, Smyth County, Tazewell, or Russell County — whatever your legal needs may be, I want to help.


"I want to help you fight to achieve the best possible result in your case."

Michael J. Letsen

Let Me Steer Your Case in the Right Direction

Facing criminal charges is stressful and overwhelming, whether it's your first run-in with the law or not. Fighting for what's fair isn't easy, especially if you're trying to do it alone. Having an experienced legal advocate in your corner can make a big difference in the impact and outcome your case ultimately has on your life.

Whether you've just been arrested or are currently fighting to defend your rights, I can help you understand what to expect and what options you have available. I'm prepared to guide you through the legal system and ensure your side of the story is heard.

If you've been charged with a DUI/DWI in Virginia, you need a reliable attorney to avoid a conviction. While these crimes may be common, they carry serious consequences — especially for repeat offenders. From license suspension to jail time, your freedom and future could be in jeopardy if you don't have reliable legal counsel.

Fines are likely inevitable, but other penalties are subject to your defense. When you need help building a strong case, don't put off seeking the assistance you need. I can help you present your case clearly and efficiently in pursuit of the best possible outcome.

Practice Areas

I'll advocate for your rights through every stage of the legal process.

Criminal Defense

Criminal charges should never be taken lightly. I'll help you understand your rights and work hard on your behalf so that your future isn't ruined.

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DUI/DWI Defense

Virginia has some of the strictest DUI/DWI laws in the nation. I have experience you can rely on for your best chance at a successful defense.

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Car Accidents

Suffering injuries from a car accident can completely alter your life. If you're struggling after an accident, I'll fight for the compensation you deserve to help recover.

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Trucking Accident Attorney in Abingdon and Tazewell, Virginia

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Helping You Protect Your Rights & Freedom

The open road is a wonderful place to be, especially in rural Virginia, but it can be dangerous too. Countless reasons can lead to reckless driving accidents and DUI/DWI offenses, but when you find yourself facing the wrong side of the law, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

You don't want to risk the outcome of your case when your reputation, rights, and freedom are on the line. I have nearly a decade of experience working with individuals and families through tough legal situations. Both drivers and victims in Bristol, Smyth County, Tazewell, and Russell County trust my legal services to help them find a way to move forward.

From minor offenses like speeding tickets to major offenses like drug crimes or assault, I'm prepared to use my knowledge and skills to help you see that your future doesn't crumble away due to a stupid mistake. For victims of car accidents, I can also provide strong representation to meet their needs.

Regardless of what brings you to my law firm, my goal is to get to know you, the circumstances of your situation, and your goals for the future. With that understanding, I can craft a solid legal strategy to fight on your behalf and work hard for the most favorable outcome. Don't wait to seek the legal guidance and support you need. Contact me today!