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Common Questions If You’ve Been Arrested For Washington, D.C. DUI, Part II

You have a lot of questions if you’ve been arrested for DUI in Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia. This is Part II of the answers I hope will help alleviate the confusion. Will medications cause me to “fail” the breath test? Generally, no. The breath test only measures the amount of alcohol in your blood, […]

What Now: Common Questions If You’ve Been Arrested for Washington, D.C. DUI, Part I

Getting arrested and charged with a DUI in Washington, D.C. can be a scary and confusing experience. You may be wondering whether you need a D.C. DUI lawyer, or if you can handle this by yourself. Either way, you’ve got questions, and these answers will hopefully help you make an informed decision. I’ve Been Arrested […]

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 […]

“Bitch Set Me Up:” Entrapment and Prostitution Stings in Washington, D.C.

Marion Barry’s now infamous quote stemming from his 1990 drug possession case has been echoed by many of his fellow Washington, D.C. neighbors, albeit in a different context. These unfortunate defendants have found themselves caught up in one of the many prostitution stings conducted by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. In their infinite wisdom, the […]

Know Your Rights: The Fourth Amendment and DUI Defense

You were stopped by the police in D.C. or Northern Virginia at 3 in the morning, given Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs), and arrested. Back at the station you took the breath test, blew a .08 or above, and spent most of the night in a cell. You’re charged with DUI, you have a trial, and […]

The Devil is in the Details: Proving (or not) DUI at Trial

“I observed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the driver, and he had bloodshot, glassy eyes.” If I had a dollar for every time I read that quote in a DUI police report, I wouldn’t have to spend my time writing blog posts. Life for Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia DUI lawyers is nothing […]

Silence is Golden: Complying with Domestic Violence Pre-trial Release Conditions

Time and time again in Washington D.C. domestic assault cases, I find myself standing in court with my client, trying to explain to the judge why he or she shouldn’t go to jail while we are waiting for trial. It’s frustrating, because this conversation is completely avoidable. But let’s back up. . . Washington D.C. […]

Up in Smoke? Marijuana Decriminalization and DUI

As of Thursday, July 17, 2014, it is no longer a criminal offense to possess an ounce or less of marijuana in the District of Columbia. Perhaps more importantly, police can no longer claim that they have reasonable suspicion to stop and search a person based on the smell of burnt or unburnt marijuana. Prior […]

Sleeping With the Enemy? An Interesting Stalking Argument

I just finished a Civil Protection Order (CPO) trial in D.C., in which the petitioner’s lawyer (provided by the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office) argued that my client had been stalking the petitioner. For a little background, the parties were in an on-again, off-again relationship for about 7 months. They would break up, get […]

Defending your Washington, D.C. DUI Charge

If you look around the next time you are at a restaurant, bar, party, your office, or even your church, chances are you’ll see someone there who has been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, young or old, making the choice to drive after one or […]