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Abracadabra: Lost Video Appears in D.C. Simple Assault Case

Sometimes cops are lazy. Sometimes they are sloppy. Washington, D.C criminal defense lawyers have to be prepared to deal with both. Case in point: my client was charged with two counts of assault and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon. The total maximum penalty if convicted of all four charges would be up […]

Playing Nice: Judge Confirms That D.C. Bouncers Must Keep Their Hands to Themselves

At 6’ 3” and weighing in at 415 pounds, the bouncer needed every inch of the witness box. To say that he was a big guy doesn’t nearly paint the picture, but I’m a D.C. criminal defense lawyer, not a novelist. So, he was a big guy. But don’t call him a bouncer, because as […]

The Use of Hearsay in Domestic Assault Trials

Like DUIs and DWIs, a domestic violence charge is often a client’s first exposure to the criminal justice system. There are wide variations of what is considered a domestic assault—from striking someone to knocking something out of his or her hand—but each type can land you in court if the police are involved. For one […]