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Drinking and Driving this Holiday Season

Every November and December, we look forward to attending family gatherings, office parties and business affairs, and many other holiday celebrations with friends and neighbors.  But, with the holidays comes drinking, and law enforcement is out in force and hyper-vigilant when it comes to drunk driving stops and sobriety check points in the District of […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence in DC

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Let’s look at what exactly domestic violence is, how is it charged in the District of Columbia, and what penalties are included in a domestic violence conviction. What is the legal definition of domestic violence in DC? Domestic violence is a specific type of assault and considered an “intrafamily” […]

How do I File a Civil Protection Order in DC?

In the District of Columbia, the process for getting a restraining order (or as how it’s called here, a Civil Protection Order or “CPO”), can be difficult without having an experienced attorney to help guide you through the process.  However, the court does have resources available for filing CPOs without an attorney.  And we’ve put […]

I Just Got a DUI and I Have Questions

Drunk driving is aggressively prosecuted in the District of Columbia.  Even a first time offense may result in significant fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and other negative consequences.  A DUI conviction may impact your ability to find a job or maintain employment, and you can expect your car insurance to increase significantly or […]

D.C. Council Considers Truce on Prostitution, MPD Stays in the Trenches

Apparently, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department didn’t get the memo. Because, while the D.C. Council considers a measure that would legalize prostitution in the District of Columbia, MPD’s prostitution sting operations are continuing at full throttle. Once again, arrests for solicitation of prostitution appear to be up in D.C. This, despite the fact that […]

Will My License Be Suspended? An Incredibly Complicated Answer to a Very Simple Question

My Washington, D.C. DUI clients’ second biggest concern, right behind jail, is whether their driver’s license will be suspended as a result of their DUI arrest. When they ask me that question, I give them the same answer I give my kids when they ask me how babies are made: It’s complicated, who wants ice […]

Simple Assault: More Complicated Than You Think

The word “assault” usually conjures images of punches, kicks, and slaps. In other words, violence. But if you’ve been charged with assault in the District of Columbia, the definition of assault is much broader and often surprising to defendants. Because you can be charged with assault in Washington, D.C., simply for laying your hands on […]

Hindsight is 20/20: Advice I’d Give Washington, D.C. and Virginia DUI Clients if I Had a Time Machine

Yes, I’m aware that you aren’t reading this because you’re thinking about doing some drinking and driving this weekend, and you’d like some advice on how to avoid getting pulled over and arrested for DUI or DWI. Or maybe you’re a planner. But it’s more likely that you’ve already been arrested, and are trying to figure out […]

It’s Out of Your Hands: The Myth of Pressing Charges in Virginia Domestic Violence Cases

I’m not sure where the idea came from, probably T.V. or movies, but many of my Arlington, and Alexandria domestic assault clients often believe that their case will go away if their spouse simply tells the prosecutor that they don’t want to press charges. But nothing could be farther from the truth. While prosecutors will […]

Easy Targets: Is MPD Targeting Uber and Taxi Drivers in Solicitation of Prostitution Cases?

In a disturbing trend, I’ve seen a large rise in solicitation of prostitution arrests among those who pick up and drive customers for a living. It’s that time of year again, when MPD decides to devote a tremendous amount of resources to stamping out sex among consenting adults. Washington D.C. police have seemed, in recent […]

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