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Criminal defense attorney serving Washington, DC, Virginia & Maryland

A. Clarke Law takes pride in standing up for the rights of clients throughout the Metro Washington, DC area, Virginia and Maryland. When you need legal representation you can count on, turn to us for support. Attorney Clarke handles a wide range of cases, including theft and traffic cases. He'll gather all of the evidence needed to develop a strong defense.

Call our office in Washington, DC or Fairfax, VA today to schedule an appointment with a traffic or theft attorney. We serve clients throughout Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.

Take a closer look at AC Law's other practice areas

Take a closer look at AC Law's other practice areas

AC Law will protect your rights if you've been charged with a crime in Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland. Attorney Clarke tackles criminal cases that involve:

  • Theft charges-if you've been charged with any type of theft, such as robbery, burglary, larceny or embezzlement, talk to a theft attorney today. AC Law can help you fight these charges.
  • Assault charges-don't let a criminal conviction ruin your future. AC Law represents clients faced with misdemeanor or felony assault charges.
  • Traffic violations-traffic tickets might not seem like a big deal, but they can carry serious penalties. Retain a traffic attorney today if you're fighting a traffic violation, such as reckless driving.


Put your case in capable hands. Reach out to AC Law now to speak with a theft, assault or traffic attorney in Washington, DC. We also represent clients in Virginia and Maryland.

3 COMMON DEFENSES TO CRIMINAL CHARGES

IN WASHINGTON DC, Virginia, and Maryland

If you have been charged with a crime in Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland you may have defenses. Defenses may mean that you could be found not guilty at trial, have your charges dropped, or receive a favorable plea agreement. Keep in mind that results vary and this is not intended to provide you with legal advice. Seek advice from a licensed Criminal Defense attorney in Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland and DO NOT represent yourself.

SELF DEFENSE
Self Defense is probably the most frequently used defense to the charge of Simple Assault. In Washington, DC, a theory of self-defense has to be refuted by the government. To do this, the government must use evidence to show the facts and circumstances couldn't lead to a theory of self-defense. If the government can meet its burden, the Defense must show that the defendant could have reasonable acted in self-defense.

Here is an example:
Mark gets into a fight with Aaron in a nightclub. Aaron could be seen taunting Mark moments before the fight has taken place. Mark felt as though the taunting and the aggressiveness of Aaron was such as to leave Mark no choice but to strike Aaron. Mark is charged for Simple Assault in the District of Columbia. It then becomes the jury's decision whether to believe whether Mark acted in self-defense or if Mark was the aggressor.

ALIBI
An alibi defense is another popular defense used to prove someone's innocence. In Washington, DC an alibi defense has to be made known to the government before trial so they have time to investigate it. Here is an example. A witness stated they saw someone who looked like Mark use a firearm to rob a Domino's Pizza store in NW Washington DC. They provide the police with a description of Mark and claim they know its Mark because they went to high school with him. Mark is later charged with Robbery, Robbery While Armed, and Possession of a Firearm.

Mark provides his attorney with time stamped photographs from a Broccoli City Concert he was at across the District in Southeast. After investigating the alibi, the defense lets the government know that it plans to assert an alibi defense at trial. The government also investigates and realizes they have the wrong person and drop the charges against Mark before trial.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY/ IDENTITY THEFT
Mistaken identity, similar to the alibi defense, is a defense that calls into question the credibility of an adverse witness's testimony about what happened.

Here is an example:
Aaron gets pulled over for speeding and is subsequently given a citation for Reckless Driving. Aaron has warrants in Arlington, Virginia so he decides to give his brother, Mark's name and address knowing Mark has a clean record.

Neither Mark nor Aaron show up for the initial date and a bench warrant is issued for the arrest of Mark. Mark goes to get a job in law enforcement and finds out he has an active bench warrant out for his arrest. Mark realizes he is the victim of identity theft but the police do not believe him as he doesn't have proof of his whereabouts for an alibi defense and Aaron and Mark are brothers who look very similar.

Mark goes to trial and shows that the officer who pulled over the vehicle that night did not really know whether the person he pulled over was. The jury then must decide whether to find Mark not guilty based on the theory of mistaken identity.

If you are charged with a crime in Washington, DC, Virginia or Maryland, contact us today to find out if you have any defenses.