Cross-examining a pro se petitioner in a CPO case

May 20, 2021
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Trying a case — in this case, a CPO hearing — against an unrepresented party is always an experience.

Overwhelming clients with communication

May 18, 2021
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Although we may take the most pride in our skills in the courtroom, clients tend to care far more about how well we communicate with them over the life of the case.

Criminal threat requires ability to follow through

May 17, 2021
DC Court of Appeals

Telling someone that you will “slap” his/her “bitch ass” is threatening on its face. But criminal threats require the ability to follow through.

New CPO law takes effect in D.C.

May 4, 2021
Restraining Order

D.C.’s new law on civil protection orders (CPOs) redefines the category of people eligible for protection. It also extends coverage to animals, minors and victims of sex trafficking.

Assessing attorney fees in CPO cases in D.C.

April 28, 2021
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Parties who prevail in a CPO hearing can file a motion asking the court to assess legal fees against the other party. Respondents must prove “bad faith.”

D.C. Superior Court extends judicial emergency

March 31, 2021
Jefferson Memorial

D.C. Superior Court has again extended the judicial emergency, this time through May 10, 2021. The Court will expand some operations.

Navigating D.C. Superior Court

March 27, 2021
Jefferson Memorial

Everything you need to know (webpages, emails and phone numbers) to navigate your way around D.C. Superior Court’s Criminal Division during the pandemic.

Meet Bob

March 21, 2021
criminal defense attorney

Meet my new investigator Bob. I think you will like him. Because every defendant deserves a good defense.

I don’t want to be that guy

March 4, 2021
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I have to be careful — as I grow more experienced and continue to age –that I don’t turn into the stereotype of the cranky old criminal defense lawyer.

On the right to testify in Graves v. U.S.

March 1, 2021
DC Superior Court front

It is reversible error for the trial judge to prohibit the defendant from testifying that he was acting in self-defense when the court had already concluded that the arresting officer had not used excessive force.