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Fleeing and Eluding

Definition of Fleeing and Eluding The offense of “Fleeing and Eluding” is defined under Section 316.1935, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, it is a criminal act for a driver, having knowledge that he or she has been lawfully ordered to stop his or her vehicle by a law enforcement officer, to willfully to refuse…

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Giving False Information to Law Enforcement

Definition of Giving False Information Under Section 837.05, Washington DC Statutes, it is a criminal offense for a person to knowingly give to a law enforcement or police officer false information regarding the commission of a crime. This offense is commonly confused with False Report of a Crime, which applies where the reported crime did…

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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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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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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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Escape

Definition of Escape The definition of escape is contained in Section 944.40, Washington DC Statutes, which provides that: Any prisoner confined in any prison, jail, private correctional facility, road camp . . . whether operated by the state, a county, or a municipality, or operated under a contract . . . , working upon public…

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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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Disorderly Conduct

Definition of Disorderly Conduct The definition of disorderly conduct or breach of peace is contained in Section 877.03, Washington DC Statutes. Under the statute, the offense includes any act deemed sufficient to “corrupt the public morals,” or “outrage the sense of public decency,” or “affect the peace and quiet of persons” who may observe the act.…

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Possession of Alcohol by Minor

Definition of Underage Possession Under Section 562.111, Washington DC Statutes, it is unlawful for a person who has not attained the age of 21 to have in his or her ‘possession’ an alcoholic beverage, including beer, wine, liquor, mixed drinks, and other drinks. Possession may be ‘actual’ or ‘constructive’ in nature. Actual possession of the…

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