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What NOT to do When Arrested in the District of Columbia

Most people don’t get up in the morning expecting to be arrested that day.  But if you are arrested, it’s important that you don’t compound the problem and make an already stressful situation even worse.  Regardless of whether there’s a legitimate reason for the arrest, it’s a mistake, or you’re just at the wrong place […]

Do I Need a DC Criminal Defense Attorney?

The police come to your home or your place of business.  They say that they need to speak with you, or maybe casually ask if they can “take a look around.”  They’re friendly, non-threatening, and tell you they have a few questions and just want your help clearing up a few things.  They may even […]

How Do Police Get An Arrest Warrant for Assault in DC?

For police to make an arrest, they must have probable cause that a criminal offense occurred.  For most misdemeanors, like DUI, the officers usually witness the crime occur in person.  Because they witness the offense, they can make a warrantless arrest.  However, not all offenses are likely to occur in the officer’s presence. Imagine a […]

Marijuana DUI lawyer in Washington DC

Can I be Charged with a Marijuana DUI in DC? Let’s begin with a little history.  Personal use of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 was legalized in the District of Columbia in 2015 under local law.  This means that as long as there is no intent to sell, you can possess and […]

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 […]