On the Criminal Defenses of “Justification” and “Excuse”

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  How can you not love the criminal defenses? With the government burdened with proving every element of an offense beyond a reasonable doubt, one criminal defense strategy is to challenge the identity of the perpetrator. Yes, says… Read More

Innocent Possession of a Firearm in D.C.

The innocent or momentary possession of a firearm or any other type of contraband is a valid defense in Washington, D.C.

On Challenging a Prostitution/Sexual Solicitation Case in D.C.

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A couple of years ago, I was representing a client on a prostitution solicitation charge in Philadelphia. I had worked out a deferred prosecution agreement with the government according to which the assistant district attorney would postpone prosecution… Read More

Disorderly Conduct: D.C. Court Narrows The Scope

  Disorderly conduct is a really annoying charge. The first problem is that the offense is usually so broad and poorly defined that it is too easy for police to charge and too easy for the government to… Read More

Self-Defense in a D.C. Assault Case

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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