Charles V. Hardenbergh is a 1993 Distinguished Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). He holds a BA in Economics and Business, as well as a minor in History. In 1996, He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School with a JD and sat for the Virginia bar, where he is currently licensed. He served seven years as a JAG officer in the U.S. Army, during which time he taught criminal law classes, and another three years at VMI as a professor of law and accounting in the Economics and Business Department. In 2005, he earned an MS in Tax Accounting from the University of Virginia, and in 2007, he passed the CPA exam.
Van’s practice is dedicated to criminal traffic defense. He has been an outspoken critic of Reckless Driving by Speed laws as applied in Virginia, and he stridently opposes the imposition of any “mandatory minimum” prison time for alcohol-related and other substance offenses. With his experience as a JAG officer, professor of law at VMI, and federal prosecutor who has tried numerous speeding and DUI cases, Van Hardenbergh brings a sharp set of skills and a history of tenacious defense to the table.
Van and his wife, Mari, have been married for 15 years.