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Justin Amaechi Okezie

Criminal defense Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 22 years
    Maryland - MD 23 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 1,650 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    7%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 95 cases

  3. Expungement
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie has been handled numerous expungement matters who value their privacy and who wish to have every detail of the process handled by a professional. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 46 cases

  4. Federal crime
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 52 cases

  5. Personal injury
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie has handled a wide variety of personal injury matters, including automobile accidents, professional malpractice, police brutality, and injuries that occur on the premises of a business due to the business’ negligence. His in-court trial experience and knowledge of the litigation process enables him to zealously represent his clients in an effort to make those who are negligent compensate victims for their injuries.

    23 years, 85 cases

  6. Sex crime
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 41 cases

  7. Violent crime
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 422 cases

  8. White collar crime
    5%
    Justin A. Okezie is an aggressive, dedicated, creative, and experienced criminal defense attorney who has represented clients in over 100 jury and non-jury trials. He is available 24-7 to speak with you about your case.

    23 years, 39 cases

  9. Car accident
    3%
    Justin A. Okezie has handled a wide variety of personal injury matters, including automobile accidents, professional malpractice, police brutality, and injuries that occur on the premises of a business due to the business’ negligence. His in-court tr

    23 years, 36 cases

Justin A. Okezie, Esq. is an aggressive, creative, dedicated, and experienced attorney who represents clients in local and federal courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's Counties) who have been charged with criminal offenses or who have suffered serious personal injuries.

 

Mr. Okezie is honored to have earned an AV® Preeminent Rating - the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence; he or she has practiced law for a number of years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

 

Mr. Okezie was selected by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.

 

Mr. Okezie received his Bachelor’s Degree (with High Honors)in History/Political Science from Rutgers University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from DukeUniversityLawSchool in 1999.

 

After graduating from law school, Mr. Okezie accepted a position as an associate at Covington & Burling, one of the most prestigious law firms in the United States, where he worked with renowned criminal defense attorneys in the field of “white collar” criminal defense. Mr. Okezie then worked at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, a boutique litigation law firm, where he worked on civil rights, criminal defense, and commercial civil litigation cases.

 

Mr. Okezie started his own law practice in 2002. He represents clients facing a variety of criminal charges, including murder, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, narcotics possession and distribution, gun possession, driving while intoxicated, and “white collar” criminal offenses such as Medicaid fraud and embezzlement. He also represents clients who need to be fairly compensated for their serious personal injuries.

 

Mr. Okezie is client-focused, in that he approaches each case individually, always focusing on each client’s personal needs and goals. He provides his clients with quality legal services in a cost-efficient manner in order to try to meet each client’s particular needs and goals.

 

Mr. Okezie is result-oriented, in that he searches for and considers a wide array of potential outcomes and ways to achieve them, whether this entails moving to suppress and exclude unlawfully-obtained evidence and statements, moving to dismiss a case at an early juncture, obtaining an agreement that substantially reduces the likely sentence that a client may face and that might ultimately result in dismissal of a case, or taking any other legal recourse that is appropriate based on the circumstances of a specific case.

 

Of course, when a trial is necessary to achieve a client’s interests, Mr. Okezie is prepared to proceed to trial and aggressively challenge the prosecution in open court. To accomplish this, Mr. Okezie utilizes an experienced criminal investigator, who helps him thoroughly investigate the actual facts that underlie the case (rather than merely accepting the police department’s often biased view of the facts), presents arguments to undermine the prosecutor’s evidence and, when appropriate, offers evidence and testimony, all in an effort to achieve a verdict of “not guilty” on behalf of his client.

 

Mr. Okezie has been lead defense counsel in over 100 criminal trials and has represented well over 1,000 clients facing criminal charges. He has also litigated numerous cases for clients who have suffered serious personal injuries in order obtain fair compensation for his clients. 

 

Mr. Okezie is on the cutting-edge of new developments in the ever-changing field of criminal law, criminal procedure, and litigation strategy. He contributes to the legal community with his expertise and experience and has been invited to participate in numerous judicial committees, as well as legal education courses and seminars, where he has lectured Judges on recent legal developments in the criminal field and trained attorneys in trial practice, criminal law, and criminal procedure. Mr. Okezie is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Location

Justin Amaechi Okezie
4938 Hampden Lane
Suite 325
Bethesda, MD, 20814-4858

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kathleen | August 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic lawyer - professional, prompt, and effective
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Okezie with regards to getting my record expunged. Mr. Okezie kept in constant contact, leading me through my options and making sure I understood the process. When it came time for my hearing, Mr. Okezie was involved with a jury trial. Instead of pushing the date out again and forcing me to wait longer for an outcome, he sent another lawyer in his place to ensure that the matter was handled. My record was expunged and I could not be more pleased. I highly recommend Mr. Okezie and will certainly consult with him again if the need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, thorough, effective and kind.
I had the good fortune of being represented by Mr. Okezie on a case that lasted about a year and a half. During that time, I was continuously impressed by Mr. Okezie's knowledge, efficiency and desire to achieve the best and most just outcome for our case. Though I hope I won't need to, I would hire Mr. Okezie again in a minute, and highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great, experienced attorney - would highly recommend
I recently found myself in an unfortunate situation that made me concerned about my future, and Justin was extremely patient and willing to make sure I understood my options. I contacted him off of the recommendation of another attorney in D.C. and the results he was able to achieve for me were better than I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend Justin to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Ray | August 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
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Phenomenal lawyer! My car was involved in a shooting in DC and the police were trying to keep my vehicle as quote on quote "evidence" even though the case was closed. Long story short, at the time I had a lawyer who claimed to do everything in their power to get my vehicle back. Didn't happen. A friend of mines recommended Okezie. Went in for my interview, could clearly tell the man knew what he was talking about. I hired Okezie, went to court and immediately got my vehicle back. I was so mad I dealt with the first lawyer for so long when if I would have had Okezie I would of had my vehicle back months ago. Okezie is definitely my go to lawyer in case I ever need one again.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2014
Grateful
I would use and recommend this Attorney / Gentleman again. My family was in a situation that was scary and upsetting to us. We had no money and no knowledge about how to deal with this. He was patient and very informative. We met, disscused the situation and we discussed our financial situation. He showed us how to do our research, he didn't leave us unaware of the answers that he had researched, and he put us in touch with some very good people on his team. Now there were times that we cried about those answers and even got mad at those findings but as a professional and gentleman he never left us. He didn't just say do because I am the attorney he made us feel like we were working the case together. We exchanged calls on the weekends, during work hours and after. He helped us set up a payment plan and worked out a budget for us. I know this sounds like things that a good attorne should have been doing anyway but his calmness met a lot. We were really scared, my family member was looking at some jail time for an assult charge. Mr. Okezie worked hard for us, no jail time and he was able to get it expunged from the record. Great Job and Thank You to You and your team. We are so ever Greatfull !!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2014
Satisfied Client
I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Okezie on several matters. The first time, Mr. Okezie was able to help me resolve a personal injury claim resulting from a car accident. During the process, Mr. Okezie always kept me informed of the progress of my case. He was available to answer all my questions and made sure that I understood what was going on and what my options were. He got me a good settlement and was able to do so quickly considering how long these things can run. It was a stressful time and I felt that he actually cared about my case and the outcome. I was really happy with not only the results, but also the level of service I recieved and didn't hesitate to conact Mr. Okezie to help me with an immigration matter and later on, another issue that required negotiation. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for competent, thorough representation by someone who cares about their clients and doing a good job.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
A Lawyer That Truly Cares
there is a difference between a lawyer, a person that is just doing a job & taking home a check. Mr. Okezie is neither he is a Lawyer with a passion, a Lawyer, who fights for his clients rights, no matter the circumstances. Mr.Okezie is an advocate for the people. Simply Stated
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2014
Un abogado de confianza
Desde el momento en que llamé al Abogado Okezie acerca de mi problema, él se hizo cargo de la situación. El se ocupó de toda comunicación con la policia, investigó y me explicó las leyes que aplicarían en mi caso, y me informó detalladamente de las posibles defensas que él presentaría si el caso llegara al tribunal. Sin embargo, gracias al trabajo firme y dedicado del Abogado Okezie, en ningún momento se pusieron cargos en mi contra.
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Posted by Robert | July 26, 2014
Attorneys that I trust.
To all that are in needed of an honest, hard working, above and beyond attorney that really cares about each case. My name is RM I have been represented by Justin Okezie, Esq. in many legal manners from immigration, to collection, to a car accident, family, business legal representation, and always Justin Okezie, Esq. provides me a top notch legal representation. I have very positive honorable views of Justin Okezie, Esq., specifically being an immigrant I didn't know the law back in the days and I was glad Justin Okezie, Esq. worked with me and gave me peace of mind in setting-up and managing issues related to my businesses. There are tons of attorneys in the USA today but how many of them will really look at the client and treat him with care, respect, honesty, and give you updates of what the situation is. This review is to truly recommend Justin Okezie, Esq. to people who are in need of an attorney that will really fight for you, go to war for you and bring you peace of mind. Believe me, you shall have no fear if you choose The Law Office of Justin A. Okezie RM
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Posted by Quintel | June 16, 2014
Excellent review from Quintel Harcum
Mr. Okezie was recommended to me by a long time friend. He was patient, accommodating and he kept me and my family very informed on the court process and all the steps we needed to take. He and his team did everything they could to be proactive on my defense. He was very sharp in the court room the one time we faced the judge and the prosecution. Our case was dismissed and without Mr. Okezie and his team I'm pretty sure the case would've dragged on.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2014
Couldn't have found a better lawyer!
Mr. Okezie is an outstanding defense lawyer. He keeps an open mind about all cases and is honest with his client regarding all the possible outcomes. He is a negotiator and puts a lot of dedication and hard work into getting the best possible out for his client on a case. I trusted Justin to fight and make the best decisions for me regarding my case. He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive to all my questions and concerns and kept me informed about any changes regarding my case in a timely manner. Without hesitation, I would recommend Justin to anyone in need of a defense lawyer.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Office of Justin A. Okezie, PC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Brown Goldstein & Levy
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Covington & Burling
  • 1999 - 2000

Education

  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (Cum Laude)
  • 1999
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (High Honors)
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. W.E.
  • Not Guilty
  • United States v. C.R.
  • Not Guilty
  • United States v. P.G.
  • Case Dismissed Prior to Trial Based Upon Motion to Suppress Evidence
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Associations

  • Advisory Committee to Judicial Committee on District of Columbia Superior Court Criminal Justice Act Panel Admissions
  • Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • D.C. Superior Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of the District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • D.C. Criminal Law Steering Committee, Elected Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • District of Columbia Judicial and Bar Conference
  • Delegate Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • District of Columbia Judicial and Bar Conference
  • Delegate Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • District of Columbia Superior Court Attorney Practice Standards for Criminal Defense
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Advisory Committee to Judicial Committee on District of Columbia Superior Court Criminal Justice Act Panel Admissions
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 10.0
  • AVVO.com
  • 2014
  • Duke Law Certificate for Accomplishment of Pro Bono Service Goal
  • Duke University School of Law
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Trial counsel in case where arguments to trial judge helped lay foundation for appellate reversal of trial judge’s factual findings for attempted cruelty to children conviction based upon inherent incredibility doctrine.
  • Slater-El v. United States, 142 A.3d 530 (D.C. 2016)
  • 2016
  • Trial counsel in case where cross-examination, arguments, and requests for specific findings under Rule 23(c) resulted in appellate court remanding case for finding regarding defense of property.
  • Saidi v. United States, 110 A.3d 606 (D.C. 2015)
  • 2015
  • Trial counsel in case where client acquitted of all charges but arguments and requests for exculpatory materials at trial level laid foundation for reversals of co-defendants’ convictions due to Brady v. Maryland violation by the government.
  • Vaughn v. United States, 93 A.3d 1237 (D.C. 2014)
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Intensive Litigation Skills Training
  • Criminal Defense & Trial Skills Practice
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
Endorse Justin
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Okezie is a great attorney. I have had co-defendant matters with him. He is always well prepared and very knowledgeable. I have ha"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin Okezie is an excellent lawyer. I have had codefendant cases with him and seen him in court numerous times representing criminal defendants. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Okezie is a colleague of mine. I have known him for 7 years. I have always found him a highly competent, thorough and committed advocate for his clients. His competency and intelligence are well known by other lawyers and judges at the DC Superior Court. He has presented Continuing Legal Education seminars not just for his peers but also for DC Superior Court judges. Were I to need an attorney, I would not hesitate to retain him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin Okezie is a fantastic attorney- I highly recommend him. He will zealously represent you and will ensure your rights are protected. He's smart, knowledgeable, diligent, hard working, and experienced. What more can you ask for in your attorney?"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an excellent litigation attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Intelligent, innovative legal representation. Justin is miles ahead of the opposition! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Okezie is a top-shelf criminal defense attorney in DC who is regularly sought out for advice by many legal professionals. He is a highly skilled courtroom litigator who provides excellent representation on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Justin for many years. Aside from his extraordinary legal acumen, Justin is very personable and easy to work with. I hereby endorse Justin wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Justin Okezie is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is very smart and hardworking, and he gets excellent results for his clients. I highly recommend Justin Okezie."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Okezie is an attorney of the highest caliber. I strongly endorse him in the area of Criminal Defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a first rate advocate who is smart in the courtroom and fights hard for his clients. It is without hesitation or equivocation that I endorse him in the field of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney. Very agressive, knowledgeable, and skilled."
Litigation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin is a tough negotiator, who is truly dedicated to his clients. He is detailed oriented, sharp, and an excellent attorney. He is also a true gentleman."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Okezie is one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know. He is an aggressive attorney who will stand up for the rights of his clients. Without hesitation I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Okezie is an extremely talented attorney. He knows the law. But perhaps more important, he knows the intricacies of D.C. Superior Court: the judges, the prosecutors, the rules of procedure. He can guide you through this complex mains, because he knows where the quicksand is."
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