What to Expect When You're Expecting a D.C. Criminal Charge
- 31 Oct
When you left the house this morning, surely you didn’t expect to be arrested for a crime. Sirens, lights, handcuffs—the entire process was undoubtedly one of the most stressful events in your life. You breathe a sigh of relief because at least you were released on citation, but now you’re facing misdemeanor criminal charges in the District of Columbia. Now what?
While anything short of making the entire situation disappear won’t make you feel better, knowing what to expect about the legal process ahead of you might relieve some of the stress you’re experiencing. In Washington, D.C., offenses such as DUI, simple assault, solicitation of prostitution, and hit and run are all charged as misdemeanors, which means they carry a maximum sentence of less than one-year in jail. Having a criminal conviction on your record, however, will have a lasting effect on your life. This is why one of the first things you should do if ever charged with a DC crime is contact a criminal defense attorney.