Criminal Defense

Police Apprehend Alleged Gang Members in Connection with String of Violent Crimes

- Lotze Mosley

Nine people were arrested and charged earlier this year in connection with the alleged assault and murder of a 15-year-old Virginia girl. The suspects – four adults and six teens – face charges of abduction and gang participation.

It is not clear what role each of the accused are believed to have played in the alleged murder. However, police believe that the recent string of murders are isolated to one group.

Violent Crimes Defense

Being accused of a violent offense is not something to be taken lightly. These types of charges are so severe that they, more often than not, carry life-altering implications.

Someone charged with a violent offense faces a number of potential scenarios – there is never a guaranteed result. For example, it is possible for someone who is completely innocent to be wrongly charged, convicted and incarcerated for an offense that they never committed. It is also possible for someone to be convicted, despite the fact that they acted in self defense.

One of the most important things to remember about violent crimes is that they can often come down to your specific jurisdiction. For example, in the District of Columbia, there is a self-defense statute that can be game-changing to your defense, depending on the situation.

It’s also important to remember that any verdict is essentially in the hands of the jury or judge within your jurisdiction. That’s why it’s so important to have a skilled legal advocate in your corner. Having a qualified attorney supporting you and your case can be the key difference between a favorable and unfavorable resolution.

Are you or a loved one facing criminal charges in connection to a violent crime? If so, there are a number of legal resources available for you and your case’s defense. The most important first step you should take is enlisting the guidance of a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the laws governing your case.

The Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP

For those residing in the greater D.C. area, our criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP have the skills and expertise you need when facing criminal charges, including those related to violent crimes like murder or conspiracy to commit murder.

Our legal team understands that these types of criminal charges can appear daunting, given the particularly harsh penalties should a court hand down a conviction. That’s why our defense team is committed to working closely with you to build a strong legal defense that – regardless of the circumstances – guides your case through to a a favorable end result.

Let our firm help you build a game-changing defense today. To schedule an preliminary consultation to evaluate your case, contact the highly-skilled legal team at Lotze Mosley, LLP at (202) 393-0535.

DPA as an Effective Criminal Defense Strategy

- Lotze Mosley

D.C. criminal defendants may have the opportunity to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the government in certain situations. DPAs are increasingly used in situations of perceived difficulty in obtaining a criminal conviction or if a criminal conviction would result in unwarranted collateral consequences for the defendant and third parties.

Benefit of DPAs

A DPA will typically contain:

  • Admitted statements of facts
  • Conditions designed to promote compliance with relevant law/s and to deter future violations of the defendant
  • Time period for the agreement

A DPA provides a defendant an opportunity to demonstrate their good conduct and a chance to avoid conviction after completing the terms of the DPA. In the meantime, government does not lose its chance to prosecute provided that the necessary court orders are obtained under the Speedy Trial Act. If the defendant fails to abide by the DPA’s terms, government can prosecute based on the admitted facts of the agreement.

DPA and the Speedy Trial Act

The Speedy Trial Act provides time limits for prosecution to complete specific stages of a criminal prosecution. One of the requirements under the Speedy Trial Act is for government to start trial within 70 days of the filing of the information or indictment. It also provides for the exclusion of any period of delay resulting from a written agreement between the government’s attorney and the defendant, such as a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

Filing of Charges and Court Approval of DPA

DPAs require the filing of formal charges but upon their fulfillment, the government will later move to dismiss all charges with prejudice. In the meantime, the government suspends prosecution and trial by moving to exclude the time for the DPA’s effectivity under Section 3161 (h)(2) of the Speedy Trial Act.

Can a District Court Deny the Motion for Exclusion of the DPA’s Time at Its Discretion?

A D.C. appellate court recently ruled against a lower court’s order denying the exclusion and the DPA. It held that courts cannot deny motions for exclusion of time in connection with a DPA based on concerns about the propriety of the DPA or lack of indictment against certain individuals. In other words, courts cannot question the Executive branch’s discretion in initiating and dismissing criminal charges.

In the District of Columbia, the experienced attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP help clients raise strategic criminal defenses in a wide range of cases such as violent crimes, white collar crimes, fraud, gun crimes, and DUI cases. Learn more about how we can help you. Call us today at (202) 393-0535.

What to Look For In A Criminal Defense Lawyer

- Lotze Mosley

In 2013, there were over 185,000 crimes committed in Maryland, including violent crime and property crime. In the same year, Washington DC had over 115,000 crimes. Those who have committed crimes, or who have been wrongly charged with committing a crime, secure criminal defense attorneys to help them with their case.
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