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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Washington D.C. DUI Diversion: The Cost of a Clean Slate

If  you’ve been arrested for DUI in Washington, D.C., you probably started worrying about the consequences as soon as the handcuffs went on. Will I go to jail? Will I lose my driver’s license? Will this be on my record? If you are a Legal Permanent Resident, or have some other non-citizen immigration status, you […]

Video Killed the Radio Star: Court Tells Prosecutors They Must Preserve Video in Washington, D.C. DUI Cases

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently issued an important decision for Washington, D.C. DUI lawyers and their clients. In the case of Koonce v. District of Columbia, the Court put the D.C. Attorney General’s Office on notice that failing to preserve station house video of a DUI defendant will constitute a discovery violation […]

The Devil is in the Details: Deferred Sentencing Agreements in Washington, D.C. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Cases

In general, plea offers made in Washington, D.C. DUI cases aren’t worth the paper they‘re printed on. They essentially consist of inviting the DUI defendant to plead guilty to DUI. For a first offense without an elevated blood alcohol content or the presence of illegal drugs, the prosecutor almost always indicates that they will be […]

Ins, Outs, and What Have Yous: Collateral Consequences of a Washington, D.C. DUI Conviction

Being arrested for DUI in Washington, D.C. is a miserable experience. It usually starts with a night in jail, followed by a trip to the impound lot to retrieve your car. Next comes your first trip to court, (maybe ever, for some) during which you are confused and perhaps a little frightened. Depending on your […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Video Evidence in Washington, D.C. DUI Cases

Police reports rarely paint a flattering picture of a D.C. DUI defendant. They usually describe a stumbling drunk who can’t keep his or her balance while walking from point A to point B. The officer will also highlight all the things the defendant did wrong during the one-legged stand and walk and turn tests, including […]