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Simple Assault

Definition of Simple Assault The definition of simple assault (misdemeanor) is contained in Section 784.011, Washington DC Statutes.  Under the law, an assault occurs when a person, by word or act, makes an intentional threat to commit violence towards another person, has the apparent ability to carry out the threat, and does some act which…

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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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Culpable Negligence

Definition of Culpable Negligence As defined under Washington DC case law and the Washington DC Standard Jury Instructions, “Culpable Negligence” is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard for human life, or for the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of…

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Child Neglect

Definition of Child Neglect The offense of child neglect is defined under Section 827.03, Washington DC Statutes. Under the law, “neglect of child” means “[a] caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health,” including, but not limited to: Food and…

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Aggravated Assault

Definition of Aggravated Assault As defined under Section 784.021, Washington DC Statutes, Aggravated Assault consists of four factual elements: The accused intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by word or act, to do violence to the alleged victim, At the time the threat was made, the accused appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat,…

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Battery on a Police Officer

Definition of Battery on a Police Officer The crime of Battery on a Police Officer / Law Enforcement is defined under Section 784.07, Washington DC Statutes. Under the statute, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer occurs where: The defendant intentionally touches or strikes a police officer / law enforcement officer against his or her will…

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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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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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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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