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Arrested in DC? What to Expect, Part II

This is the second of a two part series on what to expect if you are arrested in Washington, D.C. Part I, outlined the journey of your case if you have been charged with a misdemeanor. If you have been charged with a felony in D.C. your case will proceed somewhat differently. First, if charged […]

Arrested in DC? What to Expect, Part I

Getting caught up in the criminal justice system can be frightening and confusing. Knowing what to expect won’t make the process any easier, but it can decrease your anxiety, and help you make better informed decisions about your case, and about hiring a DC criminal lawyer. This is the first in a two-part series that […]

Shield or Sword: Civil Protection Orders in the District of Columbia

If a judge finds that there is “good cause,” to believe that a person (the respondent) has committed or threatened to commit a crime against another (the petitioner), a judge may issue a Civil Protection Order against that person. D.C. Code 16-1005(c) Most often issued in the context of a domestic violence situation, a Protection Order […]

Misunderstood Miranda: What Being “Read Your Rights” Really Means

Everyone who watches television or goes to the movies has heard it: “You have the right to remain silent. If you give up that right, anything you say can and will be used against you. . .” But as I have discovered from experience, not everyone understands what the Miranda rights actually mean, or what […]

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 […]

To Blow or Not to Blow: Implied Consent and DUI Arrests

As a DC and Virginia DUI lawyer, one of the most common questions I get from clients charged with drunk driving is whether they should have agreed to take the breath test, after they are arrested. “To blow,” as it is commonly referred to, means to submit two breath samples to the police by blowing […]