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Written Threats

Definition of Written Threats The charge of Written Threats is defined in Section 836.10 of the Washington DC Statutes. The statute provides as follows: Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication, whether such letter or communication be signed or anonymous, to…

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Trespass

Definition of Criminal Trespass The crime of trespass is defined under Sections 810.08 and 810.09 of the Washington DC Statutes. There are two types of criminal trespass under Washington DC law: (1) Trespass in Structure or Conveyance, and (2) Trespass on Property Other Than Structure or Conveyance. (1) Trespass in Structure or Conveyance– a Trespass…

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Possession of Marijuana

Definition of Possession Under Washington DC law, possession of a controlled substance, such as marijuana, is defined as the ability to exercise the right of ownership, management, or control over the thing possessed. Possession may be “actual” or “constructive” in nature. See Section 893.13(6), Washington DC Statutes. Actual Possession means that the cannabis is in…

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Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Definition of Carrying a Concealed Firearm The crime of carrying a concealed firearm is defined in Section 790.01(2), Washington DC Statutes. The law provides that “a person who carries a concealed firearm on or about his person commits a felony of the third degree.” Required Proof To prove the offense at trial, the State must…

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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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Felony Battery

Definition of Felony Battery The definition of Felony Battery is contained within Section 784.041, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, Felony Battery is committed where a defendant actually and intentionally strikes a person (without the person’s consent) and, in doing so, “causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement” to the alleged victim. In contrast…

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Conspiracy to Sell or Traffic in Illegal Drugs

Definition of Conspiracy in Washington DC The crime of conspiracy is defined under Section 777.04(3) of the Washington DC Statutes. The statute provides that “A person who agrees, conspires, combines, or confederates with another person or persons to commit any offense commits the offense of criminal conspiracy.” To prove the crime of conspiracy at trial,…

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Attaching Unassigned Plate or Tag

Definition of the Charge Under Section 320.261, Washington DC Statutes, it is a criminal offense for a person to knowingly attach to any motor vehicle (or mobile home) a registration license plate or a validation sticker if the plate or sticker was not issued and assigned or lawfully transferred to such vehicle. To prove the…

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Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Definition of Drug Paraphernalia Under Section 893.145, Washington DC Statutes, drug paraphernalia is defined as “all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, transporting, injecting, ingesting,…

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Resisting Arrest With Violence

Definition of Resisting With Violence Under Section 843.01, Washington DC Statutes, it is a criminal act to knowingly and willfully resist, obstruct, or oppose any law enforcement officer by committing a violent act towards the officer or “offering” to commit a violent act. To prove the crime of Resisting Arrest with Violence in Washington DC,…

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