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Grand Theft

Definition of Grand Theft The crime of Grand Theft is defined in Section 812.014, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, Grand Theft occurs where: The defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained or used or endeavored to obtain or use the property of another, The defendant did so with the intent to temporarily or permanently (a) deprive…

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Violations of Restricted Driver’s Licenses

Definition of Violating a License Restriction A violation of a restricted driver’s license is defined as driving in a manner that is inconsistent with a restriction imposed by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). The basis for this criminal charge is Section 322.16, Washington DC Statutes, which empowers the DHSMV to impose…

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Burglary

Definition of Burglary- Washington DC The definition of burglary of a dwelling. structure, or conveyance is contained in Section 810.02, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, a burglary can occur where: The defendant enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance owned by or in possession of another person and, at the time of entering, the defendant had…

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Contempt of Court

Definition of Contempt of Court Contempt has been defined by the Washington DC Supreme Court as “Any act which is calculated to embarrass, hinder, or obstruct the court in the administration of justice, or which is calculated to lessen its authority or its dignity.” The test is not the physical propinquity of the act to…

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Racing on Highways

Definition of ‘Racing on Highways’ The offense of Racing on Highways, or ‘Street Racing,’ is defined in Section 316.191, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, ‘Racing’ can include four categories of conduct: Racing, Competitions, and Exhibitions– driving any vehicle (including motorcycles) in any race, speed competition, speed contest, drag race, acceleration contest, test of physical…

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Stopping Payment on a Check

Definition of Stopping Payment on a Check Under Section 832.041, Washington DC Statutes, stopping payment on a check, draft, or other written payment order can be charged as a criminal offense if the check was issued and payment was stopped with the intent to defraud the other party to the transaction. To prove the crime…

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Failure to Return Leased Property

Definition of Failure to Return As defined under Section 812.155(3), Washington DC Statutes, a Failure to Return Leased or Rented Property occurs where a defendant knowingly refuses to return personal property at the expiration of a lease or rental period, and does so without the consent of the property owner and in contravention of the…

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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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