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DC Criminal Lawyers | DC Defense lawyers | Rollins and Chan – Washington, DC  is a criminal defense firm.  Our practice focuses on Misdemeanors, Felonies & Traffic cases in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. 

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Washington, DC Criminal Lawyers


Criminal Law is a body of law that relates to criminal offenses and how society deals with those offenses.  Criminal prosecution involves the government deciding whether to punish an individual for either an act or an omission.   

Criminal Lawyer Washington, DC

With that understanding if you are charged with a criminal offense in the District of Columbia, you need to hire a criminal lawyer.  A criminal lawyer is a lawyer that dedicates a substantial part of their practice to the area of criminal law.   You should hire a criminal law that regular practices in the jurisdiction where the offense took place.    At Rollins and Chan, we have been handling criminal cases in DC and Maryland for over 20 years.   We are Criminal Lawyers and DUI Lawyers in DC.  We are the best because we strive for the best in our representation. 

District of Columbia and Maryland Criminal and DUI lawyers

Criminal Attorneys

If you are facing criminal charges, you stand to lose your liberty, life-time criminal record and personal assets.   Protect your freedom and reputation by hiring the best criminal lawyers in the District of Columbia.  Hire a criminal attorney to safeguard your rights.

At Rollins and Chan Law Firm we have been providing dedicated legal counsel in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland for decades.   Our law firm in Washington, DC  is licensed in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland and Federal Courts (DC and Maryland). For over 22 years we have represented our clients in all matters criminal law services. We take time and dedication to explain the legal process to achieve your desired results. Call our Washington, DC criminal lawyers for a free consultation.  Criminal Lawyer and DUI Lawyers in DC

Whether you are facing a District of Columbia, the State of Maryland or Federal charges for white-collar or violent crime, Rollins and Chan Law Firm, criminal defense attorney have the skills, experience, and judgment needed to help you avoid the experience of facing a guilty verdict and an extensive prison sentence.   To start your free consultation please call our DC lawyers today.   There is essentially no criminal case our District of Columbia Attorneys can’t help with.   Mark Rollins and Ada Chan are an excellent team of attorneys in Washington, DC.   

Washington, DC Criminal Defense Attorney

Our philosophy is simple, each client deserves vigorous representation with a personal touch.   We have dedicated our law practice to criminal defense and have over twenty-two years of experience.   We understand that if you or a loved one is facing either a criminal investigation or charges, it is very stressful and often a confusing situation.   Criminal Defense lawyers in Washington, DC  will strive on your behalf to aggressively defend your case and devote the time necessary to resolve the case.   We perform a detailed analysis of your case by speaking with you, investigate your situation, and review the prosecutor’s evidence in order to thoroughly analyze your case compared to the law.  

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We have changed with the times and we streamlined the process for communication.   Unlike traditional law firms, we take a different approach by providing our clients with 24-hour access to their case files.  So you know what is happening every step of the way with your criminal case.   We give straightforward legal advice, keeping you informed and prepared.  We will fight to protect your rights. Our DC attorneys and criminal lawyers understand the complexities of the law and will uncover facts and details to achieve the best possible results for your case.  Remember if you need a Criminal Lawyer and DUI Lawyers in DC give us a call.  

DUI Lawyer in the District of Columbia

DUI is treated as a criminal charge in the District of Columbia, not just a traffic violation.  You are entitled to have a trial.     You will need an experienced DUI lawyer to handle your DUI arrest in DC Superior Court.   

DWI Lawyer in Washington, DC

The  DUI lawyers at Rollins and Chan, Attorneys at Law dedicate a good portion of the criminal practice to DUI in Washington, DC. This dedication gives us an edge in the courtroom due to our familiarity with the local courts and our thorough understanding of DC DUI laws.   From the minute your case comes into our office we start putting together your defense.  

What are some ways you challenge my DUI case?

The police are required to have probable cause to pull you over before your DUI arrest,  We can file a motion to suppress evidence.    What can help support a motion to suppress? Witnesses to your driving can help establish what your driving behavior was like. These can include both passengers or other drivers or pedestrians who may have seen you driving. In rarer cases, security or traffic footage may be used to dispute behavior the officer claims to have seen you conduct before the arrest occurred.

What Should I do If I am charged with DUI?

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Washington, DC. There is always a risk of possible jail time, and other potentially life-changing consequences could cost you more than you might realize.  We believe we can help you and it will be to your advantage to seek the legal expertise of a DUI that regularly practices in Washington, DC.   

Prostitution in the District of Columbia - The Law

Washington, DC has laws against both buying and selling sex.   Pursuant to DC Code § 22–2701  a person commits the crime of prostitution by engaging in (or offering or agreeing to engage in) any sex act in return for a fee.    Solicitation for prostitution is inviting, offering, persuading, or agreeing to engage in a sexual act for money.

Punishment for Sexual Solicitation in DC

1st Offense: The first offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 90 days and/or $500.00 dollar fine.

2nd Offense: The second offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 180 days and/or $1000.00 dollar fine.

Defending Prostitution cases in the District of Columbia

In the District of Columbia, Sexual Solicitation charge (SLIP) occurs when someone is asked or directed to exchange money for sexual activity. This type of charge often arises as a result of police ” sting” operations, where a female officer will disguise herself as a prostitute in order to lure victims into committing solicitation of sex.

The actual exchange of money is not required in order for someone to be charged with solicitation of prostitution here in the District.  In fact, without even having any physical evidence, it is possible for someone to be convicted for solicitation based on their statements alone.  District of Columbia Metropolitan police officers are constantly monitoring websites such as Craigslist and Adult Friend Finder in search of prostitution.

DC Domestic Violence Lawyer


Have you been arrested on a domestic violence charge?  In the District of Columbia Domestic Violence are criminal charges with the added element of intrafamily.   An intrafamily offense is a criminal act against another person who is related by blood, adoption, marriage, domestic partnership or a child in common.    

How do I defend a Domestic violence charge

There are many ways to defend against a domestic violence charge.   Understand that domestic violence are different than other misdemeanors in that the consequences can be far greater.  In fact, Domestic violence  can have deportation consequences as well as a permanent criminal record.   Therefore,  you need to hire a domestic violence attorney that is skilled in litigation.     

Assault Charges in DC

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In the District of Columbia, there are essentially two types of assault:  Misdemeanor Simple Assault and Felony Assault.  


Misdemeanor Simple Assault

The District of Columbia statute states that whoever “assaults, or threatens another in a menacing manner, shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or be imprisoned not more than 180 days, or both.”  So basically any unwanted contact with force or violence against another person can be considered an assault in the District of Columbia.


Felony Assault

If you are charged with felony assault in the District of Columbia, it can be one of two charges.  Assault with Significant Bodily Injury or Aggravated Assault.   There are also other charges that the prosecutor can charge if there was a weapon involved.   Assault with Significant Bodily Injury carries a maximum exposure of up to 3 years in jail.   Aggravated Assault carries up to 10 years in jail.  


What is a Civil Protection Order?

A civil protection order (CPO) the District of Columbia is a court order that says you must stay away from another individual for a period of one year. It is also referred to as a restraining order. At Rollins and Chan Law Firm we aggressively defend or pursue civil protection orders in the District of Columbia.

Served with Temporary Protective Order? What Happens Next

A temporary protection order (TPO) is issued by a Judge in DC Superior Court after the Petitioner makes an allegation of domestic violence. You the respondent will not be at that hearing. You must be served with the Petition. Also referred to as a restraining order.

Consequences of a CPO

Other Consequences of a Civil Protection Order in the District of Columbia. Although a civil protection order is civil in nature, it may have criminal consequences.  For example, if the respondent is on probation or parole, allegations contained in the petition if proven in an evidentiary hearing have criminal elements to it, it may impact the respondent’s probation/parole status. In addition, such an order is relevant in any future custody case. In the District of Columbia, there is a presumption of joint custody. It is presumed that both parents are fit and capable of assuming custody of any minor children. However, if there is a Civil Protection Order entered against one party, the presumption is rebutted. That means the respondent will never stand equal footing with the Petitioner relating to the custody of the children. If the Civil Protection Order was consented to, this presumption is not rebutted. The respondent maintains his ability to seek joint and legal custody of the children.

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Mark Rollins and Ada Chan have made it their primary objective to be the best criminal defense attorneys who have the dedication and experience in helping those accused of a crime in Washington, DC and Maryland. They want you to get the best legal defense possible at an affordable price.    To get the best help with your case call today or complete the free consultation form.

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