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Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)

Definition of Leaving the Scene / Hit and Run In Washington DC, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or “hit and run,” is defined as the failure of a driver to remain at the site of a vehicle crash and fulfill other statutory duties, when the crash at issue involves death, bodily injury, or property damage.…

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Unlicensed Practice of Healthcare Profession

Definition of Unlicensed Practice The crime of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Profession is defined under Section 456.065(2)(d), Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, it is a felony offense for a person “to practice, attempt to practice, or offer to practice a health care profession without an active, valid Washington DC license [issued by the…

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Trespass on School Grounds

Definition of Trespass on School Grounds The crime of Trespass on School Grounds or Facilities is defined in Section 810.097, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, a trespass occurs where the defendant enters or remains upon school property without authorization or a legitimate business purpose, or where the defendant enters or remains upon school grounds…

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Discharging a Firearm in Public

Definition of Discharging Firearm in Public The definition of Discharging Firearms in Public is contained in Section 790.15, Washington DC Statutes. The statute provides as follows: [A]ny person who knowingly discharges a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street, who knowingly discharges any firearm over…

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Dealing in Stolen Property

Definition of Dealing in Stolen Property The definition of Dealing in Stolen Property is contained in Section 812.019, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, the offense occurs where a person sells, transfers, distributes, or otherwise disposes of stolen knowing or having reason to know that the property is in fact stolen. To prove the crime of…

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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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Driving With Suspended License

Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License Under Section 322.34, Washington DC Statutes, a first offense for driving with a suspended license (with knowledge of the suspension, revocation, or cancellation) can result in 60 days jail and a fine of up to $500.00. A second offense may be charged as a first degree misdemeanor, which…

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No Valid Driver’s License

Definition of ‘No Valid Driver License’ The definition of ‘No Valid Drivers License’ is contained in Section 322.03(1), Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, it is a criminal act for a person to drive any ‘motor vehicle’ on a State ‘highway’ unless that person has a valid driver’s license issued by an appropriate governmental authority.…

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Aggravated Assault

Definition of Aggravated Assault As defined under Section 784.021, Washington DC Statutes, Aggravated Assault consists of four factual elements: The accused intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by word or act, to do violence to the alleged victim, At the time the threat was made, the accused appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat,…

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Exposure of Sexual Organs

Definition of Indecent Exposure Under Section 800.03, Washington DC Statutes, it is unlawful “to expose or exhibit one’s sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in…

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