Should my CPO hearing “trail” my criminal case?

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Although the usual practice is for the CPO hearing to “trail” the criminal case, the defendant/respondent might want the CPO hearing to go first.

Should I file a cross-petition in a CPO case in D.C.?

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If you have been served with a civil protection order (CPO) petition in D.C. and you yourself are the victim of abuse, you can file for a CPO of your own.

Do I need a lawyer for a CPO hearing in D.C.?

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Although many people proceed without legal representation, a good lawyer can serve as your advisor and advocate, particularly if you decide to litigate the CPO.

Finding reasonable doubt in a domestic violence case

There is always a defense in domestic violence cases in Washington, D.C.

Difference between domestic violence and simple assault in D.C.

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A specific crime (e.g., simple assault) should not be confused with a general category of crimes (e.g., domestic violence).

Can you get in trouble for sending dirty pictures of someone?

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Yes.  Most jurisdictions now have some form of a law to deal with the issue of “nonsensual pornography” (also known as “revenge porn”). There are three forms of the criminal offense in Washington, D.C.

Should I enter into a “CPO without admissions” in D.C.?

CPO without admission in D.C.

A person who has been served with a CPO petition in D.C. can enter into a “consent CPO without admissions.” The CPO is granted to the petitioner without a hearing. In exchange, there is no adverse finding of facts against the respondent.

Keeping Score in Room 113

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God Comes Before a Good Defense

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Sizing Up Opposing Counsel

Opposing counsel’s praecipe arrives in the mail.  I am representing the respondent in a civil protection order hearing; he the petitioner. I google the lawyer’s name to find a self-made website and a less than professional photograph of… Read More