Starting a criminal defense practice after Covid

June 16, 2020
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The changes now being effected in response to the pandemic — specifically the trend toward on-line hearings — could pose challenges for new lawyers seeking to start criminal defense practices in D.C.

Criminal defense in the Covid era

June 15, 2020
DC Superior Court

We will learn. We will adapt. But as with so many other things in our lives, there will be the pre- and the post-Covid eras. Things will never be the same.

Expunging marijuana arrest/conviction in D.C.

June 2, 2020
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Offenses that have been decriminalized (for example, the possession of a small amount of marijuana) present one of the most promising options for sealing or expunging a criminal record in Washington, D.C.

Unlawful Entry in D.C.: Odumn v. United States

June 1, 2020
Unlawful Entry D.C. graffiti on building

According to D.C. Court of Appeals decision in Odumn v. United States, “a landlord may not prohibit a tenant from inviting a third party onto leased premises for a lawful purpose, nor may the landlord prohibit such third party from entering or exiting the property through the property’s common space.”

A “no-lose” question at a CPO hearing

May 22, 2020
CPO in DC Court

You have to love the “no-lose” questions on cross-examination. Yes or no. You win no matter how the witness responds.

Writing about Covid-19 and the D.C. jail

April 21, 2020

How do you write about COVID-19 and the D.C. jail without resorting to hyperbole? How do you ask the judge to bend the rules?

The stupefied police officer

February 15, 2020
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Police officers have all the answers on direct examination. The clarity and animation disappear when it comes time to answer questions from the defense.

Judges are human

February 1, 2020
D.C. criminal defense attorney

The judge does not say: I am not willing to take your word for this, and I need to have a law clerk check this out. What he says instead: It is time for lunch. We will pass this matter until 2:00 pm.

White men, on the margin

January 29, 2020
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

My mother once said that the hardest part about getting old was the fear of being marginalized. She felt this particularly acutely as an older woman. She complained about feeling invisible.

Dealing with the crazies in C10

January 22, 2020
Graffiti used to demonstrate expungements from a D.C. criminal defense attorney

With almost 100 people making their way through arraignment court every day, it is inevitable that there will be a melt-down or two. After all, we are dealing with people who are finishing what for many of them will be the worst day of their lives.