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John Joseph Pikulski IV

Criminal defense Attorney at Upper Marlboro, MD

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Simply being accused of a crime can change your life. The penalties of a conviction can haunt you for years after you’ve served your sentence and may affect what kinds of jobs you’re able to obtain and even where you’re allowed to live. Call now.

    19 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Are facing jail time as the result of multiple drunk driving convictions? Did you lose your license after being charged with DUI? Attorney Pikulski will work hard to help you avoid jail, keep your license and keep all charges off your record.

    19 years

  3. Sex crime
    Attorney Pikulski provides effective legal counsel and civil court representation for victims of sexual assault. He seeks fair settlements in claims involving inadequate security and other workplace issues.

  4. Violent crime
    Murder | Attempted murder | Aggravated assault | Manslaugher | Armed robbery | Gun crime | Hit & run | Kidnapping | Car jacking | If you have been charged with any crime, you need to call Attorney Pikulski today.

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Expungement

    19 years

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket

Contact today for a free no risk consultation, I prefer for my clients to really know me than to just know about me. 

I graduated College from the University of Delaware and proceeded directly to the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. I focused on litigation and trial strategy during my time there. I also served as research assistant for one of my favorite professors, as an intern at the Attorney Generals office in Delaware, as well as at the Office of Consumer protection in Harrisburg PA. 

My passion for trial work and sticking up for the little guy led me to a small criminal defense firm in Upper Marlboro, where I spend 8 years learning an incredible amount about criminal defense. I tried dozens and dozens of cases ranging from a speeding ticket to a Murder, and most things in between. 

The time came, and I branched off on my own to form the Law Offices of John J. Pikulski IV, LLC. My firm only represents those charged with criminal, DUI/DWI and traffic offenses. I continue to stick up for the little guy and fight the good fight. 


My office is directly across the street fromt the Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, which helps me maintain the personal relationships I have had for years with the staff there. 

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Law Offices of John J. Pikulski IV LLC
5407 Water St
Suite 104
Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

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Posted by Sami | May 17, 2022
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Outstanding Job!!!
John was absolutely amazing! He was very patient and took his time with my case… I’m very grateful for John and would recommend him to anyone! Affordable and really did a great job! Me and my family are grateful!
Posted by Dan | June 29, 2021
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Affordable and Great!
John Pikulski did an exceptional job with my legal problem. Very confident attorney, treated me with the utmost respect. If you have any legal woes I would urge you to contact his office. One of the best attorneys I've ever seen in court. He is always looking out for his clients! Thank you,John!
Posted by Vanetta | April 13, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Plikulski has been a great lawyer to my family when I felt very limited on how we would make it through. He was very calm in his demeanor and understanding, let me know from the start that everything would work out for the best. My child and I are so grateful for his service and recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2021
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Excellent and Committed Attorney
Pikulski is the cornerstone of a devoted and committed attorney. His attention to detail and guidance throughout the process was clear and concise. He puts all worries and anxiety to rest as he provided excellent communication throughout the entire process. I will definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Necole | January 6, 2021
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Great Attorney!
A very close friend of mine was arrested over the holiday season. There was a great deal of red tape surrounding the case, because it involved two different states, which added complexity and confusion. I don't have any experience with criminal law and had no idea what to do. I started a google search and calling down a directory of MD attorneys just praying someone would be able to help me the night before NYE! I came across amazing reviews for John. I called right away and he picked up. He quickly searched out my friend's case and not only gave me quick and professional advice, but hope that he could help him first thing Monday morning when everything opened back up again. I was in his office Monday morning, by Monday evening he had identified the appropriate contacts in MD, prepared paperwork and the case was dismissed! John cares about the people he serves and that came across immediately. He is knowledgeable with a great reputation and established network in MD and his rates are reasonable. Call him if you ever need help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Handled my case with great care and professionalism both inside and outside of the courtroom. He took time to answer any questions I had along the way and displayed an in depth knowledge of legal procedure. I would not hesitate to recommend him for anyone in need of legal representation.
Posted by Omar | January 26, 2018
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Good lawyer
John”s one of the best lawyers in PG county, good guy, handles any case I happen to get in PG county, I’ve walked on 3 outta 3. Prices are reasonable also
Posted by Tasha | August 7, 2017
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Best Lawyer around
I hired John for a criminal case and he was GREAT!!!! From the first call I made to him to for consult to the end of the case the whole process was amazing. When I called to make an apt John answered the phone no call center or operator but the lawyer himself. During that first call he answered every single question that I had and not once did I ever feel rushed I felt more at ease that everything would be okay. I knew I wanted him to take my case. The price he quoted me for the case was affordable and decent. I am a worrier and every time I called John he was available to answer any question even the silly ones. My case was dismissed thankfully and it was because of my lawyer John. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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Representation for Harasssment Charges
I first consulted with Mr. Pikulski via telephone concerning an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor telephone harassment charges filed in a state other than the one in which I currently reside. Mr. Pikulski listened intently as I explained the circumstances of my case and my concerns about how the charges would affect me personally and professionally. He then offered legal advice as to how to proceed. Throughout the consultation, Mr. Pikulski's demeanor was friendly, personable, and comforting. He was extremely knowledgeable of the law and professional at all times. By the end of the consultation, I was confident in Mr. Pikulski's ability to handle my case, so I hired him immediately. Within less than twelve hours after receiving my retainer agreement and payment, Mr. Pikulski managed to get the warrant recalled. He then continued to keep me abreast of the status of my case by making himself available to me by telephone and email and answering my many requests in a timely manner. My case was nol prossed by the State, and I could not have asked for a more favorable outcome. However, had the outcome been less than favorable, I would still be typing this positive review. Many of life's circumstances are often centered around relationships. To me, what separates a good lawyer from a great one is his ability to build relationships with his clients, with his peers, and with pivotal members of the legal community. In my humble opinion, Mr. Pikulski's competence in navigating the justice system in his clients' best interests is a direct result of his impeccable relationship-building skills. I would recommend Mr. Pikulski to anyone who is facing criminal charges without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2014
Attorney for Traffic Case
When you're in need of an attorney, you want one that communicates confidence and competence. John exceeded these expectations and made me feel I was in good hands from our very first phone conversation. His calm demeanor helped reassure me during a difficult time. John knew all of the relevant players in Prince George's County District Court system and could tell me with relative certainty how things were going to proceed. The relationships and reputation he has established will be invaluable to your case. I will, without hesitation, recommend John Pikulski to anyone I know seeking representation and I suggest you do the same.
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Posted by Jermaine | May 14, 2013
thanks Mr Pikulski
He slaved my life point blank an me an my family are forever thankful
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2013
John was referred from a local area attorney as well versed in the type of case we needed assistance with. Having never spoken with him before he quickly revealed his expertise and willingness to help us when we live in VA and the case was in MD. He made it easy to handle his fees and was responsive to my emails and texts during all times of his busy daily schedule, plus when I called to get verbal updates or to explain any issues I was concerned with. His fees seemed reasonable for handling the levels of courts required to resolve the case and for a set fee. We are thankful for his experience to handle the different issues with the case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2013
Excellent Traffic Lawyer
I used Attorney Pikulski to handle a traffic citation. He kept me informed throughout the case, and did a great job in the courtroom. My fees were lowered and I was able to not receive points on my license. Overall, I was extremely satisfied with his work. I have since referred him to two of my friends who were in need of an attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owiner
  • Law Offices of John J. Pikulski IV LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas C. Mooney
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Delaware Attorney General
  • 2003 - 2003


  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Cousar
  • appeal


  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Prince George's County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Exceptional and outstanding client service
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an extremely professional and knowledgeable attorney. I've had the pleasure to observe him in court several times and have always been impressed with his demeanor and representation of clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pikulski is an outstanding attorney who is very knowledgeable of the law, fights hard for his clients, and maintains a good relationship with the local bar and bench. I recently conferred with him regarding a matter in Baltimore County, and was very impressed with his overall legal knowledge and skill. I also commend him for the many knowledgeable and thorough answers that he has provided to folks on the Avvo Q&A Boards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pikulski is generous with his time and expertise. His contributions to this site demonstrate a nuanced understanding of complex legal issues, and an awareness of the practical implications of criminal proceedings on peoples' lives."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John because I see him in Court in PG and Montgomery every week if not every day, and he is always working hard for his clients. He has a great relationship with the prosecutors and judges, and is very knowledgeable about criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great guy and a great attorney. He has a great reputation in our legal community. He cares deeply about his clients. The results speak for themselves. You can't go wrong with him on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John fights to win, and he gets the results. Great Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pikulski is a highly skilled defense attorney who is very well respected by the prosecutors and judges he that he encounters daily in courtrooms around the state. I would refer a friend or family member to him without hesitation."
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Upper Marlboro Criminal defense Lawyer John Joseph Pikulski IV
John Joseph Pikulski IV
Criminal defense Attorney
Upper Marlboro, MD
Licensed for 19 years
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