5.0 stars 28 totalReview John Boneta
Posted by C J
I was found sleeping in a parked car in Arlington County and was subsequently charged with a DWI, the second of my history. Even though the vehicle was parked, the officer had probable cause for the stop due to an expired inspection sticker and the fact that I was parked in a permit-only parking residential area. Ultimately, I didn't do so hot on the sobriety tests and blew .11, so I was charged with a DWI 2nd in 10 years, which carries a penalty of a mandatory minimum 10 days in jail plus a 3 year license suspension and 3 year probationary period. Needless to say, my situation was extremely dire, especially considering that Arlington County is one of the toughest, if not THE toughest jurisdictions on DWI in the Commonwealth.
I did some research online and met with several attorneys, all of whom told me that my case was hopeless and that I should pay them anyway, which ultimately seemed like a waste of time. My last meeting was with Mr. Boneta, and I immediately felt like if I was going to have a chance at winning this case with anyone, it would be with him. He gave me a list of mitigation activities to complete prior to my court date, which included community service, an alcohol counseling assessment, online traffic school, and the collection of letters of recommendation from professional and personal sources. I completed all of them before my court date, as I knew that this would help my case at least in the sentencing portion of the situation.
Once court arrived, I was expecting the worst and made plans as such. I had faith in John, but I knew also that the odds were stacked against me and that the prosecution had a pretty solid case to prove the DWI. However, before court even began, Mr. Boneta was able to negotiate with the prosecutor to count my DWI as a first offense, as my prior had occurred in a different state and thus it was not acceptable to be counted as a first offense. Ultimately, Mr. Boneta got me the absolutely best possible outcome considering the circumstances, which included a single night in jail (180 days sentenced, 176 suspended, 2 total served including the day of arrest), a $500 fine ($1000 suspended), enrollment in the ASAP program, a one year license suspension as opposed to a three year suspension. Upon completion of the suspension there will be no ignition interlock.
Mr. Boneta seemed very well-connected at the courthouse and had a good rapport with staff and officials in the courtroom. If you want the best result for your case in Arlington County, go with John Boneta. If you want a lot of possible jail time, high fines, and long-lasting punitive measures thanks to the severity of Arlington County judicial processes, go with pretty much anyone else. John was a fantastic counsel and I am eternally grateful for his help!
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I was charged with a DUI in Falls Church City with a .08 and it was looking like it would be unlikely to plea down. In his free consultation Mr. Boneta was very professional and gave me a to-do list of things to do before Court that would help increase the odds of a good outcome. I did all of it (you should too!) I knew I chose the right attorney when he told me he is a former police officer and prosecutor and specializes in DUI in Falls Church City. This is important because this means everybody in Court knows him and his proximity to the Courthouse makes it easy for him to do his job. He even went out of his way to get my police report to review for my free consultation, before I even decided on him!
On the morning of my court date on 10/19 Mr. Boneta was busy meeting with the charging officer, and the County Prosecutor and was able to plea down my DUI to Reckless Driving with only a 6-month restricted license, no ignition interlock, $300 fine ($1200 suspended) and my agreement to do ASAP. That's a lot better than a DUI by far! All that without my case having to go to trial which if it did, and the video was played of my field sobriety test in which I had terrible balance, I would have surely been convicted of the DUI.
Mr. Boneta's knowledge, experience and good rapport with everyone in FC City Court saved me. His rate is competitive with other attornies in the area who are also public defenders (although they don't advertise that). If you think you can fight a DUI without a good attorney you will lose. You need John Boneta by your side. Your best chances are with him, particularly in Falls Church City! Thank you, Mr. Boneta!
Anonymous review posted on
John absolutely pulled a rabbit out of a hat for me. I was charged with DUI in Falls Church city. John is a former cop and prosecutor in Falls Church City and Arlington. He knows the legal process inside and out from every angle. I learned that this is incredibly important as Falls Church City literally outsources its legal services to Arlington (Arlington judges and prosecutors trudge out to Falls Church City once a week to act as their judges and prosecutors). When he walks into the courthouse he is on a first name basis with all of the judges and cops in there. They love him. They seem to generally dislike most of the other defense attorneys.
When you have a court date in Falls Church you are forced to sit there all day and watch the parade of cases. I saw so many bad defense attorneys that got run over by judges and prosecutors. Arlington judges and prosecutors are notoriously tough and that's what I saw all day long. They are especially unrelenting when it comes to DUI cases. The only two cases that had anything less than the maximum penalties were John's cases (my case and one other that was thrown out on a technicality). He used every maneuver he knew and every personal connection he had and I was eventually able to plead me down to a (much) lesser charge. As John says, there might be (a few) lawyers who could get you a similar outcome, but no one will get you a better outcome. You might save a little bit of money at the front end by getting a cheaper attorney, but you will absolutely regret it and pay more over the long term with someone less experienced and less respected. It is absolutely worth every penny to hire John and get the best result possible from the get go.
Posted by Tom
I made a horrible mistake of drinking and driving after going to a Christmas dinner on December 21, 2015. I was initially pulled over for speeding, but after cop smelled alcohol and conducted the field sobriety test. I was booked soon thereafter and charged with DUI in Fairfax County with a BAC of 0.10 and 0.11. I was miserable because I had gotten arrested 5 years ago in Arlington County for DUI, but since I only blew 0.05 BAC they gave me a nolle prosequi and amended the charge to a Reckless Driving. I vowed to then never drink and drive ever again. Five years later, here I am getting arrested again with the same offense. I knew I was in trouble and hated myself for it.
John was referred to me by a cop in Arlington County, ironically enough. After meeting John and Andrew; the latter attorney is one of his associates at the firm, my initial impression of them were mostly positive. I was impressed with Andrew’s attention to detail and his methodical approach towards strengthening my case. John was a former cop and prosecutor, so I was confident he has the expertise to get the best possible outcome. But I still wasn’t 100% sure they will fight for me all the way. After consulting a few DUI attorneys, I concluded John and Andrew were the best team and retained them as my counsels.
After retaining them I made some lifestyle changes and committed to being a good citizen. They advised I be patient during the waiting period, but having a DUI charge lingering over your head made it very challenging. During this time period, John assured me that he was the best DUI lawyer and would do everything in his power to get a favorable outcome and this provided peace and comfort. They advised I start on their mitigation package, which I completed before my court date, but I still didn’t know what was going to happen. The Prosecutor assigned was Fairfax County’s best DUI prosecutor and would not offer a plea deal at all, so my case got continued 3 times. I, unfortunately, ended up getting the same prosecutor again. So we went to trial and the rest is history.
John was exceptional once the case went to trial. His opening statement was brilliant, and this really set the tone for the entirety of the trial. I felt like John was a surgeon, knowing the ins and outs about legal elements to suppress and discredit the arresting officer’s testimony. John continued to tear apart officer’s testimony and his report, given that the arrest video contradicted officer’s claims. John fought tooth and nails with the prosecutor about every evidence presented and discredited them. It almost felt the jostling between John and the prosecutor was a heavy weight title fight, but John was clearly the better attorney in that court room. To put it simply, John was more eloquent, detailed oriented, and delivered objections which led him to controlling the momentum of the trial. As the trial progressed, I felt good about my chances but still wasn’t sure how things would pan out. When the judge read the verdict and stated that Prosecutor did not prove beyond reasonable doubt and dismissed my case, I started crying. I was so elated and hugged John and Andrew. John and Andrew, I want to thank you for your exceptional work. You guys make an exceptional team. John is truly a brilliant trial lawyer and even a better person. I am truly blessed they both were my attorneys. I will give John and Andrew my highest recommendations!
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I was in a really tough spot and Mr. Boneta and his associates were highly recommended. First offense DUI with BAC under .15. Both times we appeared in court, the prosecution wasn't willing to negotiate and would only offer the standard: 12 months restricted license, ignition interlock device, ASAP program, etc etc. Considering this was a first offense with zero prior offenses and a perfect driving record, this was extremely scary as I've never even done so much as hurt a fly before. Second court appearance, Mr. Boneta presented my case through trial before the judge. He argued with complete professionalism and without backing down. Every time the prosecutor tried to prove meeting the state's burden for conviction, Mr. Boneta knew exactly how to counter and demonstrated that he was thorough and obviously does his homework. With huge relief, the judge ruled in my favor and I was found not guilty. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend he and his associates in the future!
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Mr. Boneta was my attorney when I was arrested for the first time and charged with a felony of intent to harm. Mr. Boneta and his team were able to knock my charge down to a misdemeanor. This time in my life was very terrifying and what helped me through was Mr. Boneta and his team advising me with my chances, and that I had the chance to not let this ruin my life. I served probation for one year and in this time, I got myself back together, and did all of the requirements for having my charge dismissed. I am forever grateful for this attorney and I have learned from my mistake.
Anonymous review posted on
I was charged with a class 5 felony Hit and Run along with DWI (drug-related) and blood test refusal. I consulted with a number of lawyers to get advice and to shop price. I used John for a previous DUI case (.06 BAC + reckless speed) which he helped me reduce to a reckless + 14-19 speeding. That said, I was inclined to work with him again, however, given that I had a felony charge this time, and was broke, I wanted to get as much advise and as many quotes as possible. My biggest concern was the felony charge which he seemed confident could be reduced, especially after determining the victim who went to the hospital did not sustain any injury- but of course it was no guarentee. It was enough for me, and the fee was among the more reasonable ones that I could find (but not the cheapest). Despite the fact that the victim showed up irate, the witnesses showed up, along with all 3 officers involved, he was able to get the felony H&R and refusal charges dropped (Nolle Prosequi) for a DWI 1st offense guilty plea and 12 months of jailtime (6 month suspended, 90 days served). I consider this to be an excellent outcome considering how much worse it could have been. It was clear that the judges at Fairfax GDC knew John which gave me a good feeling. He and Andrew were a pleasure to work with through this ordeal as well as my previous one in 2014.
Posted by Sean
I met with several lawyers before meeting with Mr. Boneta and as soon as I met with him I knew that he made me the most comfortable about my case and had a certain confidence that spoke louder than words. We were up a difficult case that involved a DWI 1st Offence >.20 charge. Mr. Boneta had confidence through the whole process that we would be able to drop down the charge to include as little jail time as possible since Virginia has mandatory minimums. He asked me to perform some mitigation such as community service, a safe driver's course, and on my part participation in AA. These steps helped not only the case, but helped me fully realize the gravity of my actions and the things I needed to do to atone for them. On the day of court the prosecutor came in guns blazing with three officers involved and security camera footage of the entire incident. Upon seeing the tape the prosecutor wanted to rescind his previous offer to drop the BAC below .2. However, Mr. Boneta stepped up again and said that was not going to happen. He had found several evidentiary errors and privately brought these to the attention of the prosecutor. In the end, the prosecutor agreed to drop the charge to regular DWI with a BAC of .14 which included no mandatory minimum and would help greatly in terms of insurance.
I cannot thank Mr. Boneta enough for going to bat for me personally and for taking the risk of asking to reduce jail time even in the face of such evidence as the recording of the incident.
I would recommend him to anyone and would not hesitate to go to him again.
Posted by Phillip
When you need results go to John. Don't let the calm demeanor fool you, he is an articulate professional with keen insight on the law, the opponent, and those intangibles that matter. He safeguarded my reputation and had fun doing it as well. John and his staff have earned my recommendation.