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Understanding D.C. Gun Laws…FAQs: Part 1

The District of Columbia has some of the strictest and complicated gun laws in the country.  Since the 2008 Supreme Court Heller decision struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975, there has been a lot of confusion and questions about who can own a gun, the types of guns and ammunition […]

Don’t Ruin Your Holidays with a D.C. DUI

‘Tis the season for holiday parties!  The period between Thanksgiving and New Years is the busiest party time of the year, with family and friend get-togethers, as well as office and business holiday functions.  And with celebrations usually come alcoholic drinks.  According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40% of traffic-related […]

Can You Smoke Marijuana in Public in DC?

  The short answer is no. It remains illegal to smoke marijuana in the District of Columbia under both local and federal law. The District has seen a sea change in marijuana laws over the last few years but smoking in public remains illegal. It started in 2014 when the City Council passed a bill […]

Behind Enemy Lines: Voluntary Police Interviews in Sexual Assault Investigations

It’s up there with one of the worst phone calls you can get—a detective from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) informs you that you’re under investigation for a sexual assault. You believe you haven’t done anything wrong, but someone has accused you of an inappropriate sexual touching or worse. And now the detective […]

Washington D.C. Civil Protective Orders

In the District of Columbia, a civil protection order (“CPO”) requires that the person who is subject to the order (the respondent) stay away from the petitioner – the person requesting protection. A protection order is issued by the court and directs the respondent to refrain from abusing, harassing, threatening, committing a crime, or having […]

Understanding Assault in the District of Columbia

When most people think of “assault”, they imagine a fistfight or some other similar very violent behavior, often with weapons. However, that is not always the case. In the District of Columbia, you can be charged with assault without actually striking or even touching someone. D.C. defines assault as the threat or use of force […]

What Happens If You Have Been Drinking and Get Stopped by a Cop Part II

Our previous blog posting covered what typically happens in the District of Columbia when you get pulled over by police and have been drinking.  This post is the second part of the two-part series that discusses what usually happens when you get to the police station after the police arrest you for DUI.  Remember, no […]

What Happens When You Have Been Drinking and Get Stopped by a Cop

Police in the District of Columbia take a tough approach to DUI enforcement. While each individual case is different, there are certain patterns police officers follow when making a DUI stop in DC. A typical DUI stop involves pulling someone over for a traffic violation. It could be something serious like speeding or driving recklessly […]

Get the Facts About DUI Laws in the District of Columbia

Drunk driving offenses are aggressively prosecuted in the District of Columbia. Even a first-time offense can result in harsh financial penalties, possible jail time, and loss of driving privileges, as well as several other negative consequences. If you have made a bad decision which resulted in a DUI arrest, don’t compound your error by neglecting […]