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Open House Party

Definition of Open House Party Under Section, 856.015, Washington DC Statutes, “a person having control of any residence may not allow an open house party to take place at the residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at the residence by any minor where the person knows that an alcoholic beverage…

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Child Abuse

Definition of Child Abuse In Washington DC, the crime of child abuse is defined under Section 827.03(1)(b), Washington DC Statutes. Criminal child abuse can take three forms, including: The intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child; or An intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury…

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Habitual Traffic Offenders

Definition of Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Under Section 322.264, Washington DC Statutes, a “habitual traffic offender” is defined as any person whose driving record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has, within a five-year period, accumulated: (1) Three or more convictions of any or all of…

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Possession of Burglary Tools

Definition of Burglary Tools Possession Under Section 810.06, Washington DC Statutes, it is unlawful for a person have in his or her possession any tool, machine, or implement with intent to use the tools, machines, or implements (or allow others to use them) to commit a burglary or a trespass. Required Proof To prove the…

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Child Neglect

Definition of Child Neglect The offense of child neglect is defined under Section 827.03, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, “neglect of child” means “[a] caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health,” including, but not limited to: Food and…

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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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Possession With Intent to Sell

Definition and Penalties Under Section 893.13(1)(a), Washington DC Statutes, it is unlawful for a person “to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance,” such as cannabis or cocaine. A violation of this section can be classified as a second or third degree felony, depending on the…

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Culpable Negligence

Definition of Culpable Negligence As defined under Washington DC case law and the Washington DC Standard Jury Instructions, “Culpable Negligence” is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard for human life, or for the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of…

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