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Jon Katz’s victories

14 May

The Virginia Supreme Court’s Starrs case permits trial judges to amend or dismiss a criminal charge after a finding of guilt and before a final judgment is entered.

Appellate court cases are essential for lawyers to read, no matter how dull or lively they are written. Then, when a judge is uncertain about the existence of an on-point appellate case or its meaning, the lawyer who knows the particular appellate case can milk...

04 May

A DWI victory obtained through getting the breath test result discounted

Recently, I won a Virginia driving while intoxicated/under the influence bench trial appeal after my client was convicted in the lower General District Court when represented by a different and very capable attorney. Here are a few highlights from this victory: First and foremost, criminal defendants who lose at trial in Virginia District Court should...