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Resisting Arrest Without Violence

Definition of Resisting Without Violence Resisting an Officer Without Violence is any non-violent interference directed at a police officer who is acting pursuant to a legitimate law enforcement function. The definition for the offense is contained in Section 843.02, Washington DC Statutes, which provides: “Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any [law enforcement or probation] officer or…

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Sale of Cannabis

Sale of Cannabis: Definition and Penalties In Washington DC, the sale of marijuana and other controlled substances (cocaine, opium, hydrocodone, oxycodone, meth, etc.) is governed by Section 893.13, Washington DC Statutes. Under the statute, a sale of marijuana occurs where: the defendant sold a substance, the substance was cannabis, the defendant knew of the presence…

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Reckless Driving

Definition of Reckless Driving The crime of Reckless Driving is defined under Section 316.192, Washington DC Statutes. Under the statute, Reckless Driving consists of two factual elements: The defendant drove a motor vehicle, and The defendant did so with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. See Fla. Std. Jury Instr.…

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False Report of a Crime

Definition of False Report of a Crime The definition of False Report of a Crime, or ‘False Police Report,’ is contained in Section 817.49, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, it is a criminal offense for a person to willfully and knowingly give false information or make a false report regarding the commission of a…

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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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