Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun County & Beyond

Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney

Highly-Rated Fairfax Criminal Lawyer / Northern Virginia DWI Attorney .
Finding the way to your best defense, since 1991.

The vast majority of criminal prosecutions proceed in state court rather than federal court.

All criminal defendants can feel daunted by the risk of their loss of liberty and adverse collateral consequences in the event of a conviction. Jon Katz fights tooth and nail every step of the way to enhance his client’s chances of victory, through the three-pronged approach of thorough trial preparation, skilled negotiations backed up by readiness to go to trial when his client does not accept a negotiated settlement, and thorough preparation for potential sentencing.

Criminal defense is war, and Jon defends each client fully with his experience advocating for thousands of clients in court since 1991.


Virginia Code

Virginia Courts’ website – Including dockets and court forms

Maximum punishment for felony cases

Maximum punishment for misdemeanor cases

Maximum penalties for a conspiracy conviction

Bail statute, including circumstances for presuming no bail


­Beware having criminal defendants testify  Criminal defense clients have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, but sometimes they are likely to be convicted if they do not testify. Cases in point include numerous assault trials and marijuana cultivation trials (where testimony by my client in one such case got a simple marijuana possession conviction rather than a felony conviction for the many seized marijuana plants). Of course, if the criminal defendant’s testimony is going to strengthen the prosecutor’s likelihood of obtaining a conviction, the defendant should stay off the witness stand.

Criminal defense — Beware only using a thumbprint to secure your cellphone data  Recently, an unrepresented jail inmate appeared in a General District Court well outside Northern Virginia — where I, therefore, only infrequently appear — apparently for an arraignment. The prosecutor early on mentioned a motion he had filed that day or recently, seeking a court order for the defendant to provide his thumbprint — and not the phone’s password — to be able to unlock his phone (apparently seized on the arrest date or pursuant to a subsequent search warrant) that had been seized. It appears that the defendant may not have been handed…