Alexandria Federal Court & Beyond

Northern Virginia Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Defending against federal crimes
Pursuing the best defense

Because Jon Katz believes in lawyering without borders, he is ready to go to any court where he is licensed, to defend his clients’ liberty.

Jon is experienced defending clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. federal trial courts. He has argued for felony defendants before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit. Jon has sought United States Supreme Court review in several federal criminal cases.

Federal criminal defense needs to remember the particularly high quality of most federal prosecutors and many federal law enforcement agents, together with the particularly draconian pretrial bail and sentencing schemes in the federal felony law.

With the many federal agencies and parks in the capital area, all the more misdemeanor defendants in this region find themselves charged in federal court. Jon repeatedly defends such cases in the federal trial court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Federal felony defense often begins with law enforcement efforts to speak with suspects before any criminal charges have been filed. It is both critical for criminal suspects to assert their right to remain silent under the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, and to have a lawyer advocating for them early on to try to avoid a prosecution in the first place, and to minimize continually being behind the eight-ball in defending agains federal felony charges.

Whether the federal charge is a misdemeanor, DWI charge or felony, Jon is ready to defend his clients to the hilt.


PACER website for finding federal cases (not all federal misdemeanor cases are docketed)

Official website for United States District Court (Eastern District of Virginia)

18 U.S. Code § 3607 – Eligibility for first-time drug guilty finding ultimately to be dismissed


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On the Obama Administration’s misguided trashing of PCAST’s forensic evidence report

8000 pot plants get federal probation, and no jail

What to expect from Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

FBI director shortlist includes head of Reagan’s pornography commission

Federal judge keeps teeth in SCOTUS’s McNeely DWI blood draw cases

SCOTUS bars Due Process vagueness challenges to voluntary sentencing guidelines

My visit today to Supreme Court criminal oral arguments

Federal criminal defense – Trump’s attorney general goes full throttle for the highest sentencing ranges

Criminal Defense- Beware Executive Liability And The Two-Inference Jury Instruction