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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DC Murders Remain Unsolved

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, despite a continued improvement in the overall murder rate in Washington, DC, homicides continue to go unsolved at an alarming rate.  The total number of homicides has dropped from a peak of 482 in 1991, to just 108 in 2012, a 78% decline over two decades.  DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier credits the overall improvement in police practices for the drastic decrease.  Specifically, she notes building better community ties, developing sources of information, using modern technology, enforcing information-sharing within law enforcement, focusing on violent repeat offenders and efforts to put more patrol officers on the streets to address crime hot spots.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Choosing A Criminal Defense Attorney

When choosing a Washington, DC criminal defense attorney there are a number of things you should be looking for. First and foremost, you have to trust anyone you hire.  If after speaking to an attorney you do not feel as though you trust them then you absolutely should not hire that person.  In addition, it is important that anyone you hire has experience with the type of crime you are charged with.  For example, if you are facing a Washington, DC DUI charge, make sure the attorney you hire has plenty of experience with DUI cases in DC.  Finally, do your homework.  A simple Google search of an attorney's name will most likely provide you with plenty of information about an attorney.  Make sure the attorney's reputation is what you would expect.  If you are not able to obtain any information about an attorney after a simple Google search that should tell you a lot about that attorney.  

 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Federal Hate Crime Charges Unlikely for George Zimmerman

In case you have been living under a rock, George Zimmerman was acquitted of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter charges stemming from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Every layperson, legal pundit and media correspondent from DC to LA has weighed in on some aspect of the verdict.  My Twitter feed exploded on Saturday night and blog posts and news articles continue to trickle in by the dozens.  


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