On Ashe v. Swenson: Double Jeopardy and Collateral Estoppel

Many laypersons suffer from misconceptions about the protections offered by the Double Jeopardy Clause contained in the 5th Amendment to the Constitution. As Blonde Justice pointed out in one of her funnier posts, for example, double jeopardy does not… Read More

On the Concept of Estoppel

We are having trouble with the sliding door on our mini-van. I take it back to the Toyota dealership shop a couple of times and spend a fortune to get it fixed but there still seems to be… Read More

“Defense of Others” in D.C.

Most people are familiar with the concept of self defense. They know, for example, that if someone attacks you, you are justified in using a reasonable amount of force to protect yourself.  People may be less familiar with… Read More

A Police Officer In Your Rearview Mirror

Your client is driving along late one night on a deserted highway in Virginia. He is not speeding or swerving. He isn’t driving on the shoulder of the road or into opposing lanes of traffic. He is obeying… 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