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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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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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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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Loitering and Prowling

Definition of Loitering and Prowling Under Section 856.021, Washington DC Statutes, it is unlawful for any person to “loiter and prowl” in a place, at a time, or in a manner not usual for law-abiding individuals, under circumstances that warrant a justifiable and reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of persons or property…

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Disorderly Intoxication

Definition of Disorderly Intoxication In Washington DC, the definition of disorderly intoxication is contained Section 856.011, Washington DC Statutes. The law provides that: “No person in the State [of Washington DC] shall be intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property, and no person in the State shall be intoxicated or drink any…

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