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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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Employee Theft

Definition of Employee Theft In Washington DC, crimes constituting “employee theft” are defined in Section 812.014, Washington DC Statutes. As applied in Section 812.014, theft by an employee occurs where: The employee knowingly and unlawfully takes or attempts to take the property of an employer; and The employee does so with the intent to temporarily or…

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Tampering with Evidence

Definition of Evidence Tampering As defined under Section 918.13, Washington DC Statutes, tampering with evidence occurs when a person alters, destroys or conceals a record or physical evidence with the intent to impair the use of that evidence, while he or she is aware that an investigation or criminal proceeding is underway or about to…

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Aggravated Battery

Definition of Aggravated Battery The crime of Aggravated Battery is defined under Section 784.045, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, Aggravated Battery occurs where a defendant intentionally touches or strikes another person and, in doing so: Intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the alleged victim; or Used a…

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Contributing to Child Delinquency

Definition of Contributing to Child Delinquency The offense of “contributing to child delinquency” is defined under Section 827.04, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, any person who: Commits any act which causes, tends to cause, encourages, or contributes to a child becoming a delinquent or dependent child or a child in need of services; or…

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