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Jon Katz’s victories

04 May

Borbon (not bourbon) to the rescue

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. When I attended my first National Asssociation of Criminal Defense Lawyers Meeting in 1991 -- about to transition from corporate law to the Maryland Public Defender's Office three months later -- I wondered why so many highly talented...

12 Feb

Winning a DWI trial by suppressing the arrest

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. Sometimes criminal defendants win their cases by getting the evidence suppressed. That is how I won a recent DWI case. Where I practice, judges, not juries, decide evidentiary issues over suppressing stops, searches, seizures, arrests  and statements to the...

10 Feb

Winning a DWI on a 0.09 BAC result

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. Recently I met with a potential client charged with drunk driving. When I was addressing some of his case defenses with him, he replied: "I am guilty, so why should I be pleading not guilty?" Why, indeed. Because...

06 Oct

A win is a win

A great number of my clients probably have committed the crimes they are charged with committing. A large percentage of my trial acquittals has likely been for people who committed the alleged crimes. Whether my clients have or have not committed the alleged crimes, and...

27 Jun

Acquittal through storytelling from the scene

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. A critical part of persuasion is storytelling, including bringing the jury within the circle of the story. Of course, storytelling alone may not be persuasive enough, because trials ordinarily involve various versions of the truth and challenges to the...

16 May

Obtaining an acquittal after a blowout

Image from National Institute of Standards & Technology. It goes without saying that one cannot win a criminal trial without pleading innocent. Certainly, except for those who are idealists, whether to negotiate a guilty plea deal is a matter of realpolitik of hedging bets as to...