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Jon Katz

Jon Katz

Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes Lawyer
Jon Katz, P.C.
Fairfax, VA
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About Jon Katz

Attorney Biography

Pursuing your best defense against marijuana prosecutions from possession to dealing to growing. Many times I have worked with key grow cultivation expert Chris Conrad and medical marijuana expert David Bearman, and twice with marijuana smell expert Richard Doty. The marijuana legalization movement led me in 1991 to switch to criminal defense from corporate law. I was fed up reading that the chief New Orleans federal prosecutor had subpoenaed High Times's advertiser records. In protest, I subscribed to High Times -- and wrote to then attorney general Thornburgh about this protest subscription -- and there learned more about NORML. I broke bread with NORML national director Don Fiedler, a great criminal defense lawyer who helped me figure my path to marijuana, drug and criminal defense. (I later met Dick Thornburgh twice, and give him credit for believing in knowing how to disagree agreeably).

Medical marijuana, partial legalization and decriminalization have come a long way, but my state of Virginia is far behind that trend. We must continue fighting in the courts, through lobbying and in public for marijuana legalization. 

Practice Areas

Drug Crimes (35%)
Criminal Defense (35%)
DUI / DWI (30%)

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Bar Licenses

Virginia State Bar
Member in Good Standing

District of Columbia State Bar
District of Columbia
Member in Good Standing

Maryland State Bar
Member in Good Standing

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Work Experience

Jon Katz, P.C.
Owner- Criminal Defense Lawyer

Marks & Katz, LLC
Criminal Defense Law Partner

Chaikin & Sherman
Trial Lawyer

Maryland Public Defender's Office
Assistant Public Defender

Weiner, McCaffrey
Associate Attorney

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George Washington University Law School
George Washington University Law School

Tufts University
Tufts University

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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Awards & Honors

10.0 AVVO rating

5.0 peer review rated (AV)

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Commercial Recognitions

Jon Katz has earned Lawyer Legion's recognition for community involvement
Lawyer Legion

Case Results - Jon Katz

Not Guilty
Public intoxication prosecution
Mar 2019
Jury acquittal in a public intoxication trial https://katzjustice.com/public-intoxication-jury-v ictory-fairfax-criminal-lawyer

Not guilty
Marijuana felony jury trial
Jun 2013
Acquittal with eight pounds of marijuana found atop client's rear car seat. Smell expert Richard Doty testified. https://katzjustice.com/winning-a-jury-acquittal-o ver-eight-pounds-of-marijuana-in-the-...

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Contact Jon Katz

Jon Katz
Jon Katz, P.C.
10509 Judicial Drive Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030
Office: 703-383-1100
Fax: 703-383-0800

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Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.