Mr. King received his juris docturate cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in 2003. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. King worked at the Alexandria Office of Public Defender for over four years. Like Mr. Campbell, he attended the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He has also earned a Masters Degree in History from George Mason University in 1996 and a B.S. in Physics from Mary Washington College in 1992.
Washingtonian magazine, in its December 2011 and December 2013 issues, recognized Mr. King as one of the Washington areas’ best criminal defense attorneys. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a rising star by Virginia Super Lawyers. He is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia (2009-2013).
Federal and State Criminal Defense
Mr. King represents clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases at both the trial court and appellate levels. He has represented clients charged with first degree murder, manslaughter, robbery, firearms offenses, felony sex charges, malicious wounding, gun charges, drug conspiracy, distribution, and possession, grand larceny auto, embezzlement, forgery, uttering, identity fraud, obstruction of justice, domestic assault, and other criminal matters. He practices in Virginia state courts and handles federal matters in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
DUI and Traffic Defense
Mr. King has represented hundreds of clients charged with criminal traffic matters such as driving under the influence as well as other traffic offenses, including allegations of DUI related manslaughter, felony DUI, felony eluding, felony hit & run, reckless driving resulting in death, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.
Teaching DUI, Traffic and Criminal Defense
Mr. King has been a speaker at recent continuing legal education courses for DUI and traffic defense (2011-2013) as well criminal defense (2012-2013) on behalf of the Alexandria Bar Association. He has developed a defense outline for Virginia DUI and traffic law and addressed traditional and innovative defenses, recent case law, use of experts, and constitutional challenges.
He has served as counsel or co-counsel in over two hundred trials, including cases involving allegations of first degree murder, robbery, felony child neglect, felony assault, felony sex charges and other felonies as well as numerous misdemeanor matters such as DUI, assault, larceny, marijuana possession, identity fraud, trespassing, and other criminal allegations.
An experienced appellate lawyer, Mr. King has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia Supreme Court, and the Virginia Court of Appeals. He has argued cases on brief both before the Virginia Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals. In preparing appellate briefs, he believes it is important to thoroughly review the trial court record, conduct detailed research on relevant authority, and write organized and clear briefs in order to be persuasive.
Published decisions involving Mr. King include Cypress/Briscoe v. Commonwealth, 280 Va. 305 (2010), Briscoe v. Virginia, 559 U.S. __ (2010), and Little v. Commonwealth, __ Va. App. __ (2012).
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School
- M.A., History, George Mason University
- B.S., Physics, Mary Washington College
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Supreme Court
Joseph King, Chris Leibig & Kristen Clardy, Melendez-Diaz and Briscoe: Return of Constitutional Guarantees Worth the Cost to the System, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Spring 2010).
Joseph King, Melendez-Diaz v. MA and Briscoe v. VA, Alexandria Bar Association Oyez, Vol. 28, No. 3 (June 2010).