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27 years, 1,000 cases
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Criminal Defense: Washington, DC||Superlawyers||2016|
|Top Attorneys, Washington D.C. Metro Area||D.C. Top Attorneys||2016|
|Criminal Defense||Baltimore and Washington, DC's Top Attorneys. The Washington Post||2016|
|Criminal defense||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Top Criminal Defense Attorney, White Collar and Non-White Collar||Corporate Counsel Magazine||2014|
|Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and White-Collar||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Top North East Attorney||Arrive||2011|
|Top Attorneys: Criminal Defense||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2009|
|Top Attorneys: Criminal Defense||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2008|
|Top Attorneys: Criminal Defense||District of Columbia Super Lawyers||2007|
|Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award||The Southern Center for Human Rights||2007|
|Washington's Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense||Washingtonian Magazine||2004|
|N/A||Law Offices of Jon W. Norris||2000 - Present|
|Deputy Trial Chief, Lead Attorney for Homicide||Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia||1990 - 2000|
|N/A||Criminal Defense Investigator||1985 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DC Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section||Steering Committee||2009 - Present|
|District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (DCACDL)||Member||2000 - Present|
|DC Bar, Criminal Law & Individual Rights Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers(NACDL)||Member||1987 - Present|
|ABA, Criminal Justice Section||Member||1987 - Present|
|U.S. v. K. Bonds||Dismissed with Predjudice|
|U.S. v. Ricardo Johnson||Not Guilty all counts.|
|United States v. James Morgan||Not Guilty|
|See all legal cases|
|The Washington Post||The Police couldn't Hide their lying eyes||2010|
|Letter of Apology: A White-Collar Blog||One Columnist’s View Of DC Jury Duty||2010|
|The Washington Post||Cash and Cocaine, but No Conviction!||2007|
|The Legal Times||Courts Checking Jurors Histories More Frequently||2007|
|University of Maryland School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Criminal Justice, Criminology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|CLE||DCACDL:Subpoena Power and Responsibility||2011|
|SPDTC-Summer Institue||Southern Public Defender Training Center, Faculty:Cross Examination||2010|
|Fox 5, Commentary Robert Wone case||Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice & Tamper with Evidence||2010|
|Public Defender Service Summer Series||Taking Advantage of Underused Evidence at Trial: Inovative Uses and Creative Attacks||2009|
|DCACDL,Rights of Spring:CLE||Investigation and Motions Practice||2009|
|Criminal Justice Clinic||Sustaining a Career as a Public Defender||2009|
|Wrongful Convictions & The Death Penalty||Innefective Assistance of Counsel(What should have been Done)||2008|
|Drugs and Behavior||The Law & Behavior||2007|
|Criminal Practice Institute,||Homicide, Forensics, Investigation||2004|
|Southern Center for Human Rights||Criminal Defense Investigation in Capital Cases||2000|
|Law Students in Court||Criminal Defense Investigation||1997|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Mr. Norris to help me when the DC govt. tried to make me register as a sex offender.
I has pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure in another jurisdiction and when I moved my probation case to DC, where I reside, the DC probation office (CSOSA) said I needed to register, despite the fact that I was not made to register in Maryland where the offense occurred and where I stood trial.
Mr. Norris took on my case and immediately reached out to the DC general counsel, arguing the facts of my conviction did not support DC's contention that it was a registration-level offense. He argued that the information from court documents and the original police report was not sufficient to conclude it was a registration offense in DC. While DC sought a trial transcript from my case in Maryland to see if it would support me having to register in DC, the case appeared to have dropped as neither Mr. Norris nor myself heard from DC -- for three years! In the intervening time, I had completed my probation and my original conviction was thrown out in the form of a probation before judgement (PBJ) granted by the court in Maryland.
Three years later, after I had moved on with my life and put my legal troubles behind me, I was contacted by CSOSA telling me I still needed to register and if I failed to do so an arrest warrant would be issued. The fact that they sat on this for so long before revisiting the issue and telling me I needed to register remains something of a mystery. I it was a bureaucratic snag and miscommunication on CSOSA's end that resulted in such a protracted delay before the dredged the case back up (since the ball was left in their court 3 years prior and they never responded).
I reached back out to Mr. Norris who immediately recalled the details of my case and took action. I did have to report to register in order to avoid arrest, but Mr. Norris filed a motion to challenge the registration, arguing that A) the charge I initially pleaded guilty to did not meet the standards of a registration-level offense in DC and that B) regardless of the plea, the conviction that was the basis of any registration requirement had since been rendered nonexistent upon my PBJ determination - and DC Code is clear that if a conviction is reversed or vacated a person cannot be made to register. The DC general counsel ultimately agreed with Mr. Norris's motion, just days before our scheduled hearing. CSOSA was instructed to remove the registration (which never went public pending our challenge) from their database.
Even when I was subsequently called by CSOSA to sign a letter that I didn't have to register, Mr. Norris insisted that - before I sign it - a paragraph be removed from the letter which stated I still needed to check in with local officials in other jurisdictions if I ever moved, went to school or visited for more than 3 days. CSOSA quickly obliged and removed the paragraph from the letter.
Bottom line: my experience is that Mr. Norris fights hard for his clients. He takes the time to understand the situation and do the research to build a strong case on his clients' behalf. In my case, he showed himself to be a savvy, strong lawyer who is an unrelenting advocate for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows his stuff when it comes to DC criminal law and the ins and outs of the DC legal system. If one is looking for an attorney who will aggressively defend them in DC, I would absolutely recommend Mr. Norris - he's the right person to hire.
Posted by anonymous
I don't know how Mr.Norris did it, but I definitely know he was able to prove my innocence in a possible vehicular manslaughter charge and a DUI charge. I spoke with multiple lawyers before finding Mr.Norris and I knew from the moment we spoke over the phone to us meeting in person that I needed him on my side. I had never ever been in trouble with the law in my life and all of that changed over night. Mr.Norris was able to reassure me that he was going to fight for my innocence and that is exactly what he did. It was a long 6 months, but a few days before trial when Mr.Norris called he told me the unbelievable...That my charges were dropped by the government. Between Mr.Norris and his talks with the government I definitely know for sure he was able to prove my innocence. Mr.Norris and his team were amazing throughout the entire process and when I thought the entire world was against me, I always knew that Mr.Norris and his team had my back the entire time. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MR.NORRIS AS THE BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY.
Posted by anonymous
Alright let's just be straight up honest. The first thing you will notice about Jon is his "hippy" haircut. But after speaking to him, you are fully reinforced in your decision to hire him..
I was being falsely accessed of a sex crime, which in many states even an accusation can ruin your life. He stood up for me the first day of preliminary trial and said " Y'know what, this is a bunch of lies and if we lose we'll go straight to appeals" .
The prosecutor was intimidated by such words. Didn't know how to react But he tried it anyway. To save you the whole story...a judge determined I was absolutely and beyond a doubt innocent. The prosecution rested their heads in shame, while I celebrated. Thank you Jon.
Todd Baldwin, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Norris for many years and he has always struck me as an incredible knowledgable advocate for his clients. He is highly respected by the courts and by the legal community as a whole. He works extremely hard for his clients. If I were ever in trouble, he is the first one I would call.
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