Prior to entering private practice in 2003, DC criminal lawyer Andrew V. Jezic served as a Maryland prosecutor for nearly eight years. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Jezic prosecuted some of the most serious felony cases in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties. Now as a Maryland & DC criminal defense attorney, Mr. Jezic aggressively represents defendants around the state and in Washington, D.C. facing such serious charges as murder, rape and armed robbery. He has handled approximately 87 jury trials in his career and over 25 homicide cases.
In 2011 and 2013 Mr Jezic was selected to the very exclusive list of best DC criminal attorneys by Washingtonian magazine . From 2011-2014, Mr. Jezic has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, an accolade that goes to only the top 5% of attorneys in the area, and has been recognized among the best 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Jezic also has a perfect 10/10 rating on AVVO.
He is a co-author of the widely respected book, Maryland Law of Confessions, first published in 2003 by Thompson/West and now in its tenth edition. Mr. Jezic’s book has been cited or quoted in nine reported opinions by Maryland’s highest and intermediate appellate courts.
Mr. Jezic has won many acquittals and dismissals in high-profile cases. For a small sample of these success stories, please see the link to recent news. In 2010, Mr. Jezic argued two significant criminal cases before Maryland’s highest court. In 2011, the State’s highest Court, on the same day, reversed two other complex cases handled by Mr. Jezic at the trial level, thereby giving Mr. Jezic’s clients a new chance at freedom. The State’s highest Court reversed yet another of Jezic’s cases in 2011, giving his client a new trial in a murder case. Mr. Jezic argued another case before Maryland’s top Court in June, 2012.
In 2010, prosecutors in two separate jurisdictions dismissed the cases against Mr. Jezic’s clients, after the jury in each case had heard Mr. Jezic’s winning cross-examination of the complaining witnesses. Remarkably, yet again in 2012, prosecutors dismissed all murder charges on the third day of a jury trial in Prince Georges County, after the Jezic team’s vigorous investigation and opening defense.
In 2010 and 2011, Maryland & DC criminal attorney Andrew V. Jezic convinced judges in two separate cases to vacate his clients’ guilty pleas entered with another lawyer, whereby both clients would have been deported after serving lengthy prison sentences. In both cases, Mr. Jezic’s clients were eventually exonerated after jury trials and are now free of any threat of jail or deportation. In one of those cases in 2011, State v. Cuque, the jury acquitted Mr. Jezic’s client of all charges despite having viewed a videotaped confession by the client.
Mr. Jezic has an extraordinary record of achieving outstanding results in jury trials. Regarding his jury trials which are not presently on appeal, Mr. Jezic has achieved a winning result in 39 out of 44 jury trials as a defense attorney: a Not Guilty verdict, a dismissal in the middle of trial, a mistrial, a Motion for New Trial, a hung jury, a windfall compromise in the middle of trial, or a reversal on appeal. With the few jury trials that did not end successfully, Mr. Jezic fought to the bitter end, filing pro bono appeals in the State’s highest courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Jezic continues to look for ways to get a new trial for these clients.
In 2014 Mr. Jezic was a featured speaker for the fourth year in a row at the Alan Goldstein criminal law lecture in Prince George’s County, the premier criminal law seminar for lawyers in Maryland. In 2010 Mr. Jezic was a featured speaker at the annual Law Day seminar in Montgomery County, and was asked to speak at a Cross-Examination Workshop for the Montgomery County Bar’s Criminal Law Section in October, 2008, as well as at the Office of the Public Defender’s state-wide Training Seminar in May, 2008.
Mr. Jezic was one of the featured presenters from 2006-2008 for “Back to Court Night,” a gathering of many of the Circuit and District Court judges and lawyers in Montgomery County. In 2001, he was a featured speaker at the annual convention for all Maryland prosecutors held in Ocean City. He has taught numerous seminars for detectives around the state including the criminal investigators school for the Maryland State Police. As a Maryland & dc criminal attorney Mr. Jezic has taught full semesters at the Law School of American University and also at Montgomery College.
He is the former co-Chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section. As Chair of the Maryland Hispanic Bar’s Judicial Interviewing Committee for eight years, he was responsible for interviewing all applicants in the state for any judicial vacancy, including the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court. Mr. Jezic was appointed by two Governors from different parties in 2006 and 2007 to be one of five members to serve on the State Board of Elections in Annapolis.
Mr. Jezic is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar Association, as well as the Bar Associations of Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties. He is an active member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Jezic is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Jezic received his J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School, and his B.A. from Georgetown University. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States District Courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.