Aggravated Assault and DUI Charged in Adams Morgan Crash

The woman who ran into two pedestrians before her car crashed into an Adams Morgan restaurant last night has, according to the Washington Post, been charged with aggravated assault as well as driving under the influence. Both pedestrians… Read More

D.C.’s Criminal Gang Statute To Be Tested

Trial begins today in D.C. Superior Court on a case that will test D.C.’s new criminal gang statute.  According to the Washington Post, five men who are allegedly members of the Todd Place crew are charged with killing… Read More

When The Complaining Witness Refuses To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case

A couple of weeks ago, I described a number of myths about the U.S. criminal justice system. One popular misconception I did not address was the question of who actually prosecutes a criminal case. You often hear people… Read More

Spoof on “Bubbles Cop”

A couple of days ago, I posted a YouTube of a Toronto police officer arresting a demonstrator for blowing bubbles in his general direction.  “If a bubble touches me,” the officer warns the demonstrator, “you are going to… Read More

Toronto Woman Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer With Bubbles

With thanks to Jonathan Turley of the Res Ipsa Loquitur Blog, here is a video of a Toronto woman apparently being arrested for assaulting a police officer with bubbles. If this had happened in Philadelphia (at least under… Read More

On Simple Assault in Washington, D.C.

[While on vacation, I am reposting some of my favorite entries from the past year.] Your client works downtown.  He and his wife commute together every morning into town on the metro.  The two of them are boarding… Read More

Congressman Etheridge and Simple Assault in D.C.

While the YouTube video is now posted all over the Internet, I first found out about Congressman Etheridge’s altercation with two students when checking out my website stats through Google Analytics.  I found that visits to the Simple… Read More

Self-Defense in a D.C. Assault Case

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Self-defense is an affirmative defense to simple assault and other assault charges in D.C. Self-defense is the use of force to protect oneself, one’s family or one’s property from a real or threatened attack.  It is an affirmative… Read More

When Police Officers Commit Assault

It’s a little blurb on page two of today’s Washington Post sports page, so you know it’s not real news. It begins with a quote by the defendant’s public defender:  “It’s probable he consumed too much alcohol.”  Then… Read More

Simple Assault and Deferred Sentencing Agreements (DSAs) in Washington, DC

The standard diversion program for a first-time offender of simple assault is a “deferred sentencing agreement.”  According to this agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant, the defendant agrees to plead guilty to the charged offense. The defendant then… Read More