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John A. Boneta graduated from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, magna cum laude (1993). He also has a Masters degree in criminal justice from American University (1984). Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. Boneta was a K-9 Police Officer in Arlington County from 1985-1994.

He was a Field Training Officer from 1988-1990, providing individualized training for recruit officers and local training on DWI laws and defensive tactics. During law school, Mr. Boneta completed internships at both the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, DC and the Office of the U.S. Marshal.

Mr. Boneta was an Assistant Commonwealth 's Attorney in Arlington from 1994 to 1996. He prosecuted criminal, traffic, and juvenile cases in General District Court, and conducted jury trials on Felonies in Circuit Court. He responded to motions and prepared grand jury indictments. He was in charge of handling all Habitual Offender cases (civil and criminal) and teaching DWI law and procedure for the Police Department. He was also a member of the critical and fatal accident prosecution team.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Boneta was of Counsel to the national law firm of Speiser Krause, one of the oldest and more prestigious mass disaster and aviation accident firms in the country. He has also been a partner in the Fairfax law firm of Phillips, Beckwith, Hall and Boneta; and the associate attorney responsible for handling criminal cases for Baskin, Jackson, and Hansbarger.

Mr. Boneta has taught a variety of courses at Marymount University since 1997, including Racial and Ethnic Relations, Correctional Institutions, Cultural Anthropology, and Policing in America. Since 1994 he has taught at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Police Academy. Mr. Boneta has also taught numerous continuing legal education courses for the Virginia Bar on topics ranging from ethical issues in the practice of Criminal Law to DUI Defense, and the Use of Expert Witnesses. He was also appointed to the Falls Church City Commission on Public Safety and Human Relations in Falls Church, Virginia, in 1998.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    23 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    23 years
  3. Car Accident: 5%
    23 years



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  • David Wayne Deane

    I have known John for many years and he fights hard for his clients and gets good results. I have no hesitation in highly recommending John as an Attorney.


    David Deane DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Susan Frances Fremit

    John Boneta fights for his clients to be defended to the full extent of the law. He is very creative in his arguments which works to the benefit of his clients. I strongly endorse John Boneta.


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Contact info

John A Boneta & Associates

258 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA, 22046


DCActive 199507/10/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199403/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Appointment to The Criminal Justice Services BoardVirginia Governor2014
Attorney with the mostestArlington County Bar Association2010
Valor AwardUS Police Canine Association1993
Craven Cup Moot Court ChampionCatholic University1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorGeorge Mason University School Of Law2010 - Present
OwnerJohn A. Boneta & Associates, PLLC2001 - Present
ProfessorGeorge Mason Law School2011 - 2016
PartnerPhillips, Beckwith, Hall & Boneta2001 - 2001
Of CounselSpeiser Krause, PC1998 - 2001
Adjunct ProfessorMarymount University1997 - 2014
Associate AttorneyBaskin, Jackson & Hansbargar1996 - 1998
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyCommonwealth Of Virginia Arlington County1994 - 1996
K-9 Police OfficerArlington County Police Department1985 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fairfax Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMember1997 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationFederal Bar1997 - Present
Arlington County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1994 - Present
Region three USPCACanine Association1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Comm. V. FournierNot guilty
Comm v. NuvenReckless driving
Comm. v. Hall arl GDCCharge DISMISSED
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arlington County Bar AssociationSuccessful representation in dwi cases2014
Lorman Education Services publicationStrategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases in Virginia2005
Arlington County Bar AssociationDWI: Update on the New Sanctions2004
Arlington Bar AssociationEthical Considerations In Practicing Criminal Law2003
State Bar CLE BooksSuccessful DWI Defense1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of District Attorney s Career Prosectuor CourseCriminal LawCertification1996
National association of District Attorney'sLitigationCareer Prosecutor Course1996
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Fairfax County Police Canine AcademyPoliceCertified K-9 Handler1990
Northern VA Police AcademyCriminal justicePolice certification1985
American UniversityCriminal JusticeMA - Masters1984
Gettysburg CollegeHistory and EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Northern Virginia Police AcademyMoot Court for Police Recruits2014
Marymount UniversityCybercrime2014
George Mason Law SchoolTrial advocacy2014
Arlington County Bar annual CLEDWI litigation2014
Marymount UniversityPolicing in America2011
Virginia DWI SeminarStrategies in handling DWI/DUI Cases in Virginia2005
Arlington Bar CLEDWI: The New Sanctions2004
Annual Arlington Bar Association CLEEthical Considerations In Practicing Criminal Law2002