Criminal defendants charged with misdemeanors and felonies for the great percentage are prosecuted 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. Fairfax criminal lawyer Jon Katz fights tooth and nail every step of the way to enhance his clients’ 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 declines a negotiated settlement, and preparation for potential sentencing.
Criminal defense is war, and Jon Katz defends each client fully with his experience advocating for thousands of clients in court since 1991. For a confidential consultation with Jon, please call his staff for an appointment at (703) 383-1100.
Virginia Courts’ website – Including dockets and court forms
Bail statute, including circumstances for presuming no bail
-Beware having the accused testify Criminal defense clients have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, but under some circumstances 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. (Continued).
-Criminal defense — Beware only using a thumbprint to secure your cellphone data In 2017, an unrepresented jail inmate/criminal defendant appeared in a General District Court well outside Northern Virginia — where I 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. (Continued).