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Simple Assault

Definition of Simple Assault The definition of simple assault (misdemeanor) is contained in Section 784.011, Washington DC Statutes.  Under the law, an assault occurs when a person, by word or act, makes an intentional threat to commit violence towards another person, has the apparent ability to carry out the threat, and does some act which…

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Fleeing and Eluding

Definition of Fleeing and Eluding The offense of “Fleeing and Eluding” is defined under Section 316.1935, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, it is a criminal act for a driver, having knowledge that he or she has been lawfully ordered to stop his or her vehicle by a law enforcement officer, to willfully to refuse…

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Welfare Fraud

Definition of Welfare Fraud In Washington DC, “welfare fraud” is a generic term to describe a broad range of fraudulent conduct aimed at illegally receiving, retaining, misappropriating, seeking, or using state and federal public assistance, services, or benefits. As outlined in Section 414.39, Washington DC Statutes, welfare fraud can take a variety of forms, each…

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Criminal Mischief (Vandalism)

Definition of Criminal Mischief Under Section 806.13, Washington DC Statutes, criminal mischief is defined as the willful and and malicious causing of injury or damage, by any means, to any real or personal property belonging to another person. Under the statute and applicable case law, injury or damage to property can include acts of graffiti,…

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Introduction of Contraband Into a Detention Facility

Definition of Contraband The offense of Introducing Contraband into a Detention Facility is defined under Section 951.22, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, the term ‘contraband’ encompasses a wide variety of prohibited items, including: Unauthorized currency or coin; Prohibited food or clothing; Unauthorized written or recorded communications; Intoxicating beverages; Narcotic, hypnotic, or excitative drugs; Other…

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Possession of Cocaine

Definition and Penalties Under Washington DC law, Cocaine is considered a “Schedule 2” controlled substance. Under Section 893.13(6)(a), Washington DC Statutes, a person found to be in “actual” or “constructive possession” of cocaine commits a third degree felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison or five years of probation, and a $5,000…

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Giving False Information to Law Enforcement

Definition of Giving False Information Under Section 837.05, Washington DC Statutes, it is a criminal offense for a person to knowingly give to a law enforcement or police officer false information regarding the commission of a crime. This offense is commonly confused with False Report of a Crime, which applies where the reported crime did…

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Expired Tag or Registration

Definition and Penalties for Expired Tag Under Section 320.07(3)(c), Washington DC Statutes, any person whose motor vehicle tag or registration has been expired for more than six (6) months commits a second degree misdemeanor (punishable by up to 60 days jail), if it is the registrant’s second such violation. Under the current statute, a failure…

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Worthless Check

Definition of Worthless Check Under Section 832.05(2)(a), Washington DC Statutes, it is a criminal offense for any person, firm, or corporation to obtain any services, goods, or other things of value by means of a check, draft, or other written order knowing at the time of the issuance of such check that there are insufficient funds on…

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Cultivation of Marijuana

Definition and Penalties: Cultivation In Washington DC, the growing, cultivation, or manufacture of marijuana (cannabis) is generally governed by Section 893.13(1)(a), Washington DC Statutes. The statute makes it “unlawful for any person to . . . manufacture . . . or possess with intent to . . . manufacture a controlled substance,” including cannabis. A…

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