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Fairfax County Judge Names Unavailable Until Your GD Court Date

Fairfax County judge names for years were posted in advance for the week for General District Court DUI and misdemeanor cases. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I relied on that list to know my judge's name for each day of that week, while also knowing...

Developing a persuasive defense story- Virginia DUI lawyer

Developing a persuasive defense story is vital for criminal defendants in all trials. As a Virginia DUI lawyer, I know that police in DWI trials often testify from a menu of a defendant's committing one or more moving violations; having an odor of alcohol; having...

Navigating around potential Virginia DUI penalty pitfalls

Navigating around potential Virginia DUI sentencing pitfalls is essential for a criminal defense lawyer. As a Virginia DUI lawyer, I look not only at ways to obtain an acquittal, but also at the DWI sentencing risks in the event of a conviction. Those risks might...

Success at trial when outnumbered and judge-abandoned – Fairfax lawyer

Success in criminal court and elsewhere is not about winning with ideal and perfect circumstances. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that such success is about winning despite unanticipated hurdles, existing judges who run afoul of their oaths, police who don't accept that their...

Guilty Pleas in Virginia – Criminal Lawyer on Their Points of No Return

Guilty pleas in Virginia must only be the result of the defense's fully preparing for trial. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that this trial readiness approach to pleading guilty, no contest/nolo contendere, Alford, or facts sufficient to prove guilt (collectively for this article,...

Contested Sentencing is a Gamble, says Criminal Lawyer Jon Katz

Contested sentencing in Virginia is a gamble. Unless the criminal defendant and prosecutor enter a plea deal involving an agreed sentence that binds the judge, the only sentencing guarantee is that the judge is prohibited from sentencing beyond the statutory maximum.

The battle is about the battle, not about personalities

In court and beyond, we are offered many opportunities to react angrily to others' seeming trespasses and lack of consideration. Some police and prosecutors try to talk uncalled-for trash about my clients. Other cars cut us off on the road. Others at restaurants and elsewhere...