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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DC’s New APO Law Gives Defendants A Fighting Chance

Until recently, the District of Columbia’s Assault on a Police Officer (APO) statute was broadly applied to include, not only physical assault, but also resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with a police officer.  Raising your voice to an officer, wiggling while being handcuffed, or refusing to move because you believe the police stopped you […]

Oops: The Defense of Accident or Mistake in D.C. Assault Cases

In the District of Columbia, if you are arrested for any type of assault crime, the government must prove that you acted intentionally.  While the government does not have to prove that you intended to injure the alleged victim, it does have to prove that you intended to commit the threatening act. Fortunately, the law […]

Bad Words and Where They Often Lead: D.C. Threats & Simple Assault

Stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. While that may be true on the playground, Washington, D.C. lawmakers see things a little differently. In the District of Columbia, the law recognizes that words have power, and words that threaten others can be very powerful. Consequently, when you use words […]

The Wide Variety of D.C. Assault Crimes

Did you hear about the peanut who walked into a bar?  He was assaulted. In all seriousness, Washington, D.C. assault charges are no laughing matter. Being charged with an assault can have serious legal implications.  Being convicted of assault may land you in jail. Under D.C. law, there are at least 10 ways you can […]

Fight or Flight? Defense of Others in DC Assault Cases

In any threatening situation—whether it be a threat against you, a loved one, or a complete stranger—you are faced with the choice to either fight the threat or flee the situation.  Fortunately, District of Columbia law recognizes, not only a right to defend yourself from harm, but also the right to defend others from harm. […]

Breaking Bad: Self-Defense in Washington, D.C. Assault Cases

While there is no such thing as a typical D.C. assault, “victims” are rarely bystanders who are randomly assaulted by strangers. No, most clients looking for a Washington, D.C. assault lawyer were 1) involved in a domestic situation, or 2) in a bar or club fight. While a domestic assault, by definition, involves people who […]