Jonathan M. Lanyi, Esq. (Licensed in Maryland and D.C.) (Habla Español) -- Call Jon directly at (202) 320-1703


Mr. Lanyi has practiced law in Maryland and D.C. 2006. Before handling Spanish-language clients with Cleckner LLC, Jonathan worked with the Vine Law Firm in Rockville, MD where he focused on collections, guardianship and began to learn criminal defense. Since 2013 he has been handling mostly criminal and serious traffic cases. He also handles guardianship cases, collection matters and during tax season prepares taxes for low-income residents of Baltimore.


Mr. Lanyi studied law at Syracuse University College of Law.


Mr. Lanyi focuses most of his practice on criminal and jailable traffic defense, which are litigated in the same way as criminal matters, typically in District Court. He has represented clients with crimes as diverse as disorderly conduct, drug crimes, CDS distribution, handgun offenses, malicious destruction of property, theft offenses,burglary, robbery, asault and attempted murder. If you are charged with any citation, misdemeanor, or felony, he can help get you the best possible result, whether at a jury trial, bench trial, in the case of a dismissal, or Stet, or a plea agreement. He also has experience negotiating with the police, State's Attorneys and judges to get the right result. He has always had a great working relationship with the Assistant State's Attorneys in all Maryland counties and Baltimore City.


Whether it's a driving suspended, driving revoked, driving without license, driving an unisured vehicle, hit-and-run, fleeing and eluding or even just a speeding or reckless driving citation, Mr. Lanyi has experience in all types of traffic matters. He can negotiate with prosecutors and police officers, and has extensive experience with handling hundreds of hearings in the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).


DUI defense can be a complicated matter. From suppressing evidence due to illegal traffic stops, to destroying the SFST (standardized field sobriety test) officers on the witness stand, to cross-examining DRE's (drug recognition experts), to keeping blood, breath and urine tests out of evidence, Mr. Lanyi has done it all. Plus, he has vast experience in representing licensees facing DUI related issues both before and after their Court appearance at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MD) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DC) when license suspension is an issue.


A peace or protective order can have significant impact on your life, freedom of movement, and employment, not to mention have a great effect on a pending criminal case. Mr. Lanyi has successfully defended (and prosecuted) many peace and protective orders.


Maryland has expungement options for many different types of cases Whether it was a probation before judgment, dismissal, stet or not guilty, or one of several other options, Mr. Lanyi has the experience to get your eligible case expunged. And if you aren't eligible for an expungement now, he can help reopen your case with post-conviction tools to try and make you eligible for expungement.