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B. Hicks Law believes that clients in the District of Columbia should be apprised of their rights, provided with accurate and timely information about their options, and supported while they navigate the complexities of the law.


Whether facing minor misdemeanors or serious felonies, having a criminal defense attorney is pivotal to safeguarding your rights, securing fair treatment, and striving for the most favorable outcome possible in your case.


Washington, DC sets a legal limit of 0.08% for blood alcohol content (BAC) for non-commercial drivers aged 21 or older. For commercial drivers, the limit is lower at 0.04%, while for drivers under 21, any trace of alcohol in their system can lead to DUI charges.

What is the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Washington, D.C.?

The penalties for DUI convictions in Washington, DC are stringent. For first-time offenders, penalties may include fines, probation, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, and possible imprisonment. Subsequent offenses result in harsher consequences, such as longer license suspensions, higher fines, and extended jail time.

What are the potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Washington, D.C.?

Refusing to take a breathalyzer or blood test can result in automatic license suspension, as DC operates under implied consent laws.

Can I refuse a breathalyzer or field sobriety tests in Washington, D.C.?


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The potential penalties for drug possession in Washington, D.C. can vary based on factors such as the type and quantity of the drug, any prior criminal history, and whether the possession occurred near certain locations (e.g., schools or parks). Penalties can range from fines and probation to incarceration. Washington, D.C. has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

What are the potential penalties for drug possession in Washington, D.C.?

The severity of drug charges in Washington, D.C. often depends on the type of drug involved. Generally, more dangerous or controlled substances may lead to more serious charges. For instance, possession of a small amount of marijuana might result in a lesser charge compared to possession of a larger amount of a controlled substance like cocaine or heroin.

How does the severity of drug charges vary based on the type of drug involved in Washington, D.C.?

Possession: refers to having control over a controlled substance, either on your person or in a location under your control.
Distribution: involves selling, giving, or otherwise sharing drugs with others.

Trafficking: involves larger quantities of drugs and more organized activity, and it can result in more severe penalties than possession or distribution.

What's the difference between possession, distribution, and trafficking of drugs in Washington, D.C.?


Washington, DC's carrying a pistol without a license law, codified under D.C. Official Code § 22-4504, strictly regulates the possession of firearms in public places. According to this statute, individuals may not carry a pistol, firearm, or any dangerous weapon within the District without a valid license issued by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

What are the common types of gun charges individuals may face in Washington, D.C.?

Carrying a pistol without a valid license is a serious offense in Washington, DC, and those found in violation of this law can face severe consequences. Individuals caught without a proper permit may be charged with a felony, leading to imprisonment, hefty fines, or both. The judicial system takes such cases seriously, and a conviction can have long-lasting effects on one's personal and professional life.

What are the potential penalties for illegal possession of a firearm in Washington, D.C.?

Washington, D.C. has strict gun control laws. Generally, individuals are not allowed to carry concealed weapons without a permit. However, there might be limited exceptions for certain law enforcement officers and individuals with special permissions. It's important to note that the laws can vary and may change, so you should consult local law enforcement or legal experts for the most current information.

Can I carry a concealed weapon in Washington, D.C. without a permit in certain situations?


Assault in Washington, DC is broadly defined as the intentional act of causing apprehension of harmful or offensive contact with another person. It is important to note that actual physical contact is not necessary for an assault charge; the victim only needs to have feared or perceived an imminent threat of harm.

How is assault defined legally in Washington, D.C.?

Washington, DC categorizes assault into various degrees, each with its own set of elements and penalties. Simple assault, often charged as a misdemeanor, involves minor injuries or threats. Aggravated assault, on the other hand, is a more serious offense, often involving a deadly weapon or causing significant bodily harm.

Are there different degrees of assault charges based on the severity of the incident in Washington, D.C.?

The penalties for assault convictions in Washington, DC vary depending on the degree of the offense and other factors. Simple assault convictions can lead to fines and/or imprisonment for up to 180 days, while aggravated assault can result in more extended prison sentences and heavier fines.

What are the penalties for assault charges in Washington, D.C.?





Under Washington, DC law, domestic violence is broadly defined as an act or threatened act of violence against a person with whom the offender shares or has shared a close relationship. This relationship may involve spouses, former spouses, domestic partners, individuals who share a child, dating partners, or cohabitating individuals.

What constitutes domestic violence under the law in Washington, D.C.?

To safeguard victims of domestic violence, Washington, DC allows for the issuance of protective orders. A victim can obtain a Civil Protection Order (CPO) to restrict the alleged abuser's contact and proximity to them. CPOs are temporary at first but can be extended for more extended periods based on the circumstances.

What protective orders or restraining orders can be issued in domestic violence cases in Washington, D.C.?

Consequences can include:

  • Criminal penalties, such as fines and jail time.

  • Protective orders or restraining orders.

  • Impact on child custody and visitation arrangements.

  • Damage to personal and professional reputation.

  • Limitations on gun ownership.

  • Immigration consequences for non-citizens.

  • Enrollment in anger management or counseling programs.

What are the potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction in Washington, D.C.?


The Sexual Abuse Statute covers various offenses, including rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child molestation, and possession of child pornography. These laws are designed to be all-encompassing, ensuring that no sexual misconduct goes unpunished and protecting the most vulnerable members of society.

How are sex crimes defined in Washington, D.C.?

The District enforces mandatory reporting laws to ensure prompt action when a sex crime is suspected or witnessed. Certain professionals, such as teachers, medical personnel, and social workers, are obligated to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect, which includes sexual abuse. This proactive measure aims to swiftly intervene in cases of abuse and protect potential victims from further harm.

What is Mandatory Reporting in Washington, D.C.?

Washington, DC takes a firm stance against sex crimes, implementing a robust legal framework to punish offenders and protect the rights of all parties involved. The city's sex crime laws emphasize consent, age of consent, mandatory reporting, and the importance of providing legal representation to those facing allegations. If you or someone you know is facing sex crime charges, it is crucial to seek the guidance of a seasoned criminal defense attorney to ensure a fair and just legal process.

What are the potential consequences of a conviction related to sex crimes in Washington, D.C.?


In D.C. theft is defined as the unlawful taking of someone else's property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. This can encompass a wide range of actions, from shoplifting and petty theft to grand larceny, burglary, and embezzlement. 

How is theft in Washington, D.C. defined? 

The penalties for theft in Washington, DC depend on the value of the stolen property and the circumstances surrounding the crime. Generally, theft is classified into two categories: Misdemeanor Theft: When the value of the stolen property is less than $1,000, it is considered misdemeanor theft. Conviction may result in up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. Felony Theft: If the stolen property's value exceeds $1,000, the offense is elevated to felony theft.

Are there different degrees of theft charges in Washington, D.C.?

  • Remain calm and cooperate with law enforcement.

  • Avoid making any self-incriminating statements.

  • Invoke your right to remain silent and request an attorney.

  • Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and receive guidance on how to proceed.

What should I do if I'm arrested or charged with theft in Washington, D.C.?


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