Jessica Wildeus

Jessica Wildeus

Tingen & Williams, PLLC
  • Criminal Law, Family Law, Traffic Tickets...
  • Virginia
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Originally from Norfolk, I moved to Richmond in 2014 to attend the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, I spent my summers working in legal aid and public defender offices around the region and graduated with a Pro Bono Certification.

I currently work at Tingen & Williams as a criminal and family law attorney, where I help people with cases ranging from traffic offenses to divorce and child custody.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • DUI & DWI
  • Divorce
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Maritime Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Tingen & Williams, PLLC
- Current
Criminal Defense and Family Law
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D. (2018)
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar # 93850
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association
- Current
Articles & Publications
The Uncertain Status of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority: Working Towards a Uniform Arm-of-the-State Test
American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Newsletter
Websites & Blogs
Tingen & Williams Website
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. I am a military member who has previously lived in FL and I am registered to vote in FL. Can I file for divorce in FL?
A: You need to check with a Florida attorney to answer this question.
Q. Can my mother press charges for me taking my dog?
A: Probably not. Generally speaking, Virginia law treats animals as property, making theft of animals in Virginia a crime. Va. Code 18.2-97 defines this as larceny and a felony. In order for anyone to be prosecuted for this, a complaining witness must first establish that the animal in question was, in fact, theirs to begin with. In this situation, it sounds like you may have been living with your parents for some time with your dog in the same home. On one hand, your parents purchased the dog and have paperwork in their name. On the other, it seems the dog was meant for you, and you have ESA paperwork filed with your school. It seems likely that, should your mother file a complaint, a responding officer would consider this a domestic issue rather than a criminal one. However, if you are concerned, as an added measure you can make sure you have the proper documentation in order for the dog. For example, when you move, make sure the municipal pet license for the dog is in your name.
Q. I got pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign in va. The cop gave me a ticket with a court date on it.
A: The short answer to your question is no, this would not be grounds for having your case thrown out. Law enforcement officers can stop your vehicle to give you a citation when they notice you have broken the law in some way, such as by speeding or disregarding a traffic signal. While this isn't what we think of as an "arrest," it is temporary detention by an officer due to your infraction. What the ticket refers to as "arrest location" in this case just means the location where the officer stopped your car after noticing the infraction.
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Tingen & Williams, PLLC
1801 Bayberry Court
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone: (804) 477-1720