Joe’s criminal defense portfolio includes defending some of the area’s most significant murder cases (including Commonwealth v. Charles Severance and Commonwealth v. Craig Patterson) as well as defending federal white collar matters, federal and state drug offenses, and DUI/DWI allegations. His work in criminal defense has been recognized by top regional publications The Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine as well as Virginia Super Lawyers. Prior to establishing his private legal practice in 2008, Joe worked as an attorney at the Alexandria Office of the Public Defender (2004-2008), which has a number of alumni recognized among the Washington DC metro area’s top trial lawyers. During his time as a public defender, Joe diligently worked on behalf of his indigent clients and attended the respected Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. Joe received his juris docturate cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in 2003. He earned a masters degree in History from George Mason University in 1996 and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Mary Washington College in 1992. Joe is a fluent Spanish speaker.
- Washingtonian Magazine’s best criminal defense lawyers – December 2017, 2015, 2013, and 2011 issues.
- Northern Virginia Magazine’s best criminal defense lawyers – December 2016 and 2014 issues.
- National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia – 2009-2017.
- Virginia Super Lawyers 2017.
Joe is a veteran trial attorney that has served as counsel or co-counsel in over two hundred trials. He has defended allegations of capital and first degree murder, federal drug conspiracy charges, armed 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, and other criminal allegations. (DISCLAIMER: CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE AND PAST CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE) He and/or his trial teams have secured acquittals, dismissals, or reduced charges in dozens of litigated criminal matters, including charges of murder, federal drug conspiracy charges, armed robbery, felony child neglect, felony assault, felony sex charges, and many DUI and other misdemeanor matters.
DUI and Traffic Defense
Joe has represented hundreds of clients charged with criminal traffic matters such as DUI/DWI as well as other traffic offenses, including allegations of DUI related manslaughter, felony DUI, felony eluding, felony hit & run, reckless driving, and other traffic matters. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense.
Teaching DUI, Traffic and Criminal Defense
Joe teaches continuing legal education courses to other lawyers on behalf of the Alexandria Bar Association where he has presented on topics related to DUI and traffic defense (2011-2014), criminal defense (2012-2013) as well as appellate and post-conviction advocacy (2016 x2) . In 2015, he also presented on the topic of DUI defense before the Arlington Bar Association. He has developed a defense outline for Virginia DUI and traffic law that addresses traditional and innovative defenses, recent case law, use of experts, and constitutional challenges in this constantly developing area of the law.
An experienced appellate lawyer, Joe has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Virginia Supreme Court, and the 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. He is the author of Developing an Appeals Strategy for Criminal Convictions and Assessing Effective Assistance of Counsel, in Navigating Post-Conviction Appeals, pp. 61-99 (Aspatore Books, 2015). His notable cases include Cypress/Briscoe v. Commonwealth, 280 Va. 305 (2010), Briscoe v. Virginia, 559 U.S. __ (2010), Little v. Commonwealth, 59 Va. App. 725 (2012), and United States v. William Andrew Clarke, ___ F.3d ___ (4th Cir. 2016).
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Joseph King, Developing an Appeals Strategy for Criminal Convictions and Assessing Effective Assistance of Counsel, in Navigating Post-Conviction Appeals, pp. 61-99 (Aspatore Books, 2015). 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).
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