Can the police stop and search me

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Stopped by the police, can they search me and my bag? As we discussed in another blog, when you are dealing with the police there are three levels to police intrusion – Contacts, Stops, and Arrest.   Understanding what level the person is at will make the decision of whether the police can search you or your bag.   Please …

Sentenced to Probation in DC, Now what?

Mark Rollins Criminal Law

Probation in a Criminal Case If a defendant is found guilty in DC Superior Court, the defendant may be afforded the opportunity to be placed on probation.   Probation basically gives you a second chance before incarceration.   Probation is an available sentencing option for any offense not requiring a mandatory prison term.    In order to be placed on probation you …

Breathalyzer in DC

More Testing Problems in DC for DUI

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  Breathalyzer and Toxicology Lab Problems in the District of Columbia On August 27, 2015, the Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) sent a letter to the President of Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association and to the Chief Judge of DC Superior Court indicating that the breath program was deactivated because of the resignation of Office …

Enhanced Penalties DUI in DC

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Enhancement penalties for DUI in the District of Columbia A question that comes up often is whether a prior DUI where you received a deferred sentencing agreement (DSA) or probation before Judgement (PBJ) will count as enhancement to your new DUI in the District of Columbia? Prior DUI outside of the District of Columbia? Under the District of Columbia law …

Prior Inconsistent Statement

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  Prior Inconsistent Statement One of the most used tools by a criminal defense lawyer is cross examination.  During cross examination the criminal lawyer will use prior inconsistent statements.    Prior Inconsistent statement requires the criminal lawyer to get the witness to commit, credit and confront. During a criminal trial a good criminal lawyer will use prior inconsistent statements to …

Traffic and Misdemeanor case diversion in DC

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Traffic and Misdemeanor case diversion in DC Rollins and Chan Law Firm LET US HELP YOU  Help Me CONTACT US TODAY Please fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly. Traffic and Misdemeanor case diversion in DC Want to know about diversion works in the District of Columbia.  This article discusses Traffic and Misdemeanor case diversion in …