Is spitting on someone simple assault in D.C.?

July 11, 2019
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Spitting on someone would satisfy the definition of an “offensive touching” provided that the government could prove that the defendant’s actions were intentional and not by mistake or accident.

Can you go to jail for a protective order?

July 10, 2019
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Although a civil protection order (CPO) is a civil matter, not a criminal one, being the subject of a CPO can lead to criminal charges if you are accused of violating the order.

Excessive force is still the standard for self-defense in an APO case

July 9, 2019
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The standard for asserting self-defense in an assault case involving a police officer is still whether or not the police officer used excessive force during the arrest.

Open season on police officers?

July 8, 2019
D.C. criminal defense attorney

According to a plain reading of D.C.’s new resisting arrest statute, you can lawfully resist your own Terry stop.

Can a CPO be denied?

July 7, 2019
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The court may not have “jurisdiction” (i.e., power) to issue the order. Or the court may decide, after holding a hearing, that there is not “good cause” to believe a crime was committed.

“This is great. We’ll take it.”

July 2, 2019
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My wife and I have gone full circle. We started off our lives together in a small rental apartment in D.C. Three kids, four cities, six houses and a lifetime later, we are now back in a small rental apartment in D.C.

What should I do after receiving a hit-and-run letter from D.C. police?

June 25, 2019
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The letter from the Metropolitan Police Department sounds ominous. Your car has been involved in a hit-and-run accident in D.C. You should come in for an interview at a specific time and place.

PDS offers help with criminal appeals

June 22, 2019
PDS appeals

I am sitting with Jimmy Klein and Alice Wang in Klein’s office on the third floor of 633 Indiana Avenue, NW. Samia Fam and Jackie Frankfurter stopped in earlier. This is the dream team of appellate lawyers in D.C. and they are all offering input on an appellate brief I have been struggling with.

Prostitution arrests rise in D.C.

June 12, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

There is good news for D.C. criminal defense lawyers: Prostitution-related arrests can be expected to rise in the coming months.

Trial transcript: impeaching lying witness

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Q: Ms. Jones. You realize that when the police interviewed you, they were wearing body worn cameras? A: Actually I didn’t know that. That’s not something I was aware of.