On reasonable suspicion in Funderburk

October 23, 2021
D.C. skyline

Police had the requisite legal basis – reasonable suspicion – to assume that one of four people present after gunshots were heard was the shooter.

People are contrarian

October 21, 2021
U.S. Capitol building

People are, I believe, naturally contrarian. The question is how to use this phenomenon to your advantage at trial.

On Judicial Notice and Mejia-Cortez

September 20, 2021
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Although a court may take “judicial notice” of commonly known facts, the government must still prove every element of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

Criminal Division to expand operations

August 30, 2021
DC Superior Court front

The Criminal Division of D.C. Superior Court will expand in-person operations beginning on Tuesday, September 7.  

On the importance of being heard

August 11, 2021
Francie Hester art

The Zulu greeting “Sawubona” translated literally means “I see you.” Because it is important to be seen.

Is it a ledger? Or is it an address book?

July 23, 2021
Baltimore graffiti

One man’s address book is another person’s ledger.

Reaching out to clients during the pandemic

July 11, 2021
Baltimore graffiti

Reaching out to clients during the pandemic: Sometimes what I need to do is just listen.

Civil asset forfeiture in D.C.

June 4, 2021

Property seized by police during an arrest is often subject to civil forfeiture proceedings whether or not the person is ever convicted of a crime.

Anti-Stalking Orders in D.C.

May 31, 2021
D.C. Flag

The Intrafamily Offenses and Anti-Stalking Orders Amendment Act of 2020 created a new process — an Anti-Stalking Order (ASO) — to deal with allegations of stalking in Washington, D.C. in which the parties are not related or in a domestic relationship. Violation of an ASO is punishable as criminal contempt.

No room for the boy

May 28, 2021
Baltimore graffiti

Representing the bad guys: Criminal defense lawyers sometimes make tradeoffs when we take on domestic violence cases