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John David Mayoras

Criminal defense Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

5.0   8 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors | Felonies | Expungements | Juvenile Court | General District Court | Circuit Court | Virginia Court of Appeals | Virginia Supreme Court | The knowledgeable and aggressive Attorney Mayoras can defend you, call him for a free consult.

    20 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Virginia takes DUIs very seriously. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need an experienced attorney to help you through this time. Contact Attorney Mayoras today for a free consultation.

    20 years

  3. Domestic violence
    Domestic violence | Child abuse | Child neglect | Violent crimes | Stop worrying, call Attorney Mayoras today for a free consultation.

    20 years

  4. Violent crime
    Assault | Battery | Sex crimes | Aggravated assault | Aggravated sexual battery | Murder | Malicious wounding | Unlawful wounding | If you are charged with a violent crime, contact Attorney Mayoras right now.

    20 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Reckless Driving | Speeding | Driving without a license | Driving without insurance | Driving while suspended | Driving while revoked | Contact Attorney Mayoras now for any speeding or traffic ticket you want to dispute for a free consultation.

    20 years

  6. White collar crime
    Call today to have your white collar crime case reviewed by Attorney Mayoras.

    20 years


I have been practicing Criminal Defense since 2004.  My firm and I are dedicated to the defense of anyone who has been charged with a crime, be it a relatively minor traffic offense to serious felonies.  It is my deep pleasure to help people and to protect thier rights in and out of the courtroom.  Though I have been in many courtrooms in central and northern Virginia, primarily I practice in Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, King George County, and the City of Fredericksburg.

When not in the courtroom, my intersts include, spending time with my family, reading, rooting for my favorite sports teams, and playing with our two dogs. 


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John D. Mayoras, Attorney at Law, PLC
614 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Rob Abbott | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive and Professional
We had a great experience with John defending our teenage daughter’s speeding charge. I spoke with several attorneys I had found on the Internet and felt the most comfortable with John’s straightforward, honest, matter-of-fact approach. In addition, I found his rates to be very reasonable. Throughout the process John was extremely responsive and helpful – replying to emails promptly, even late at night. If more attorneys were like John there would be no place for lawyers jokes. I highly recommend him and he will be my first call should I need assistance in the future. As for the speeding ticket: DISMISSED.
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Posted by Shelton Richards | October 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Enthusiastically endorse Mr. Mayoras as a solid criminal defense attorney
Mr. Mayoras is a rock solid attorney. If you want representation in a Northern Virginia criminal case, trust me, you will have no regrets if you select Mr. Mayoras as your Defense Attorney. In August 2015, my daughter was a victim of assault and pressed charges against her aggressor. The aggressor counter-charged my daughter. Mr. Mayoras was selected as her public defender. Prior to the hearing, Mr. Mayoras engaged with the prosecutor and maintained contact with us. On the day of the trial I observed other cases prior to ours being heard, I saw weak defense attorneys lose repeatedly to the tough prosecutor. As my daughter was called forward I started to worry. Mr. Mayoras was a rock solid attorney as he cross-examined the defendant who counter-charged my daughter capitalizing on every weakness and inconsistency. He not only had my daughter’s counter-charge dismissed but his piercing argument ensured that the aggressor received a conviction. I was absolutely impressed. A year later my son broke up with his girlfriend. In her anger, in March 2016, she chose to file charges of strangulation, assault, and battery saying that my son tried to kill her. A felony warrant was issued for the strangulation and a misdemeanor warrant was issued for the assault and battery. At that moment our lives changed forever. If convicted, my son, a United States Marine, was facing a five-year prison sentence and discharge from the military with no hope of ever finding decent employment in the United States. Life as he knew it would be over for the rest of his life. I called Mr. Mayoras to take the case even though I knew he only practiced in Northern Virginia. Although he warned me that he had no insight into the Norfolk courts, based on my previous observations, I believed that if anyone could save my son, it would be Mr. Mayoras. Upon taking the case, he did extensive research and kept us informed of his strategy to win. With months of preparation we went to trial in October 2016. Like my previous encounter in court a year earlier I observed multiple weak defense attorneys lose to the tough prosecutors leading to multiple convictions. At the end of the day, the last case to be heard, my son was called to trial. I started to get concerned as the prosecutor started to build a case against my son. However, as every prosecuting witness was brought forward, Mr. Mayoras processed every word that was stated exploiting every weakness and inconsistency in their testimony through cross-examination. He even challenged the relevance of certain witnesses who as a result did not even get to testify. Then it was the time for the defense to take action. Short, straight, and to the point he built a bullet-proof defense with only two witnesses and the defendant. Sharp, smart, and one step ahead of the game, he even recalled one of the prosecuting witnesses and manipulated the individual to testify in favor of my son. The strength in the prosecutor’s case had dwindled by the end of the trial through the skill and mental agility of Mr. Mayoras. The judge dismissed both charges and my son was a free man with a life ahead of him. Think about it, Mr. Mayoras won this case despite having never entered the Norfolk courthouse previous to this. I challenge you not just to take my word for it. You have one chance to win or lose a case. Call him and find out when he is next in court. It will cost you nothing to see him first hand in action as he handles his case. I promise that you will be absolutely impressed. You don’t have to choose him, but please make your selection only after seeing him handle a case in court. I am in the military and am due to rotate to Florida next year. My only regret is that Mr. Mayoras is not bar certified in Florida! Good luck to you. Choose your defense attorney wisely.
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Posted by Sandy | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
John helped my family through a very tough time. He was knowledgeable and honest with us from the very beginning. Even the initial consultation gave me a positive feeling. John was great in communicating with us and always answered every question that we had. Seeing him in court was inspiring; he gets the job done! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Jessica P | August 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Pleased
Mr. Mayoras was exceptional!!! i am extremely pleased with his representation on my case. Not only did he respond to emails & calls in a timely manner, i felt that he actually cared about my case. He was awesome!! Second probation violation & i have zero complaints. I will be recommending him to anyone who needs a lawyer in the future!! Nothing but positive experience
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Posted by Vince | October 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Lawyer
I was dead and buried! John pulled me out of ash's to give me my life back, You can do no better than John Mayoras. Other lawyer talk a great game but he plays it, i had lawyers that wanted $10,000 and $350 just for an initial consultation, John did it for much less and NO consultation Highly Highly Recommended
Posted by Priscilla Miller | April 23, 2015
John Mayoras is an amazing attorney.
Hands down I would recomend John Mayoras to a friend/family memember any day! Ive had my fair share of experiences with attorneys in the Stafford Virgina region, to say the least, John ran cicrcles around many of the lawyers ive met. He handled our case very responsibley and professionally. He is knowledgeable and has great experience in his field. After having John Moyoras as our attorney I would not consider using anyone else! His compassion was extraodniary!
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Posted by Thelma | February 25, 2014
A Caring Compassionate Knowledgeable Lawyer
My grandson had been charged with some felonies recently.. He was supposed to be represented by the public defender, but they excused themselves. Then he was supposed to be represented by another court appointed attorney. At the last minute he excused himself. I believe God had his hand in all of this because the next attorney appointed was John Mayoras. What a blessing ! John gave my grandson great representation. He reviewed all the facts and went over everthing before the trial. He patiently explained the consequences of my grandson charges to me and my grandson. When young people are over the age of 21 most lawyers don't care to speak with anyone else except the client. People ignore the family member that is distraught because of everything that is happening to a person they care very much about. John took the time to speak with me. For that I am forever grateful. I can't begin to tell you how much this was appreciated. John is a great representative for all lawyers. I highly reccomend John to anyone that needs a really good lawyer. He may have been court appointed , but we couldn't have gotten better representation if we had hired a lawyer. Thank You John Mayoras, God Bless You
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Posted by Jeremy | August 15, 2013
Glad to have Mr. Mayoras represent me.
Mr. Mayoras handled my case very professionally and was able to secure the best outcome. He prepared me with a variety of possible scenarios going into court. He is familiar with the judges and attorneys in Spotsylvania. I was never caught off guard during the proceedings; which was comforting.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • John D, Mayoras, Attorney at Law, PLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Spencer, Mayoras, Koch, Cornick & Meyer, PLC
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender, Fredericksburg, Va
  • 2004 - 2009


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Boley v. Commonwealth
  • Remand


  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • University of Mary Washington Pre-Law/Mock Trial Advisory Board
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Criminal law section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Certified Counsel
  • Virginia Indigent Defense Commision
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Taking Control of your Legal Future
  • Law School Advice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (13)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mayoras has a deep knowledge of criminal law, and often finds unique solutions for his clients. He is quite experienced, and well liked by the bar and bench."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse this lawyer. John is an excellent criminal defense attorney that believes every client deserves the strongest defense. When I have questions of criminal law, John always has the answer I need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is hardworking, thorough, and diligent to his craft of criminal defense. He's as cool as the other side of the pillow."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. There is no better criminal defense attorney in Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a smart and capable attorney who will leave no stone unturned to represent his clients. I have known him for almost 10 years. He can handle everything."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Mayoras is a professional and caring attorney that always strives to meet the needs of his clients and is willing to fight for them in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a very dedicated attorney that will take the time and effort to assist the client through the entire judicial process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Mayoras is highly skilled and knows the law as well as anyone. He is prepared, knowledgeable, and has a very convincing courtroom presence. I would recommend without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a highly competent attorney, knowledgeable, and friendly."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"He is a smart lawyer with the experience to effectively advise his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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