Man Drives Car Off White Ferry in DC – Charged with DUI
Man Drives Car Off White Ferry in DC – Charged with DUI. According to a recent news feature from NBC News, a man in Washington, DC has been arrested for drunk driving after he allegedly drove his car through a locked metal gate on White Ferry and ended up in the Potomac River.

Authorities say the accident occurred around 1:30 in the morning. Read more..
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Mom, I got arrested: Fake ID's and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor - Common Underage Drinking Offenses in Washington D.C.
Mom, I got arrested: Fake ID's and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor - Common Underage Drinking Offenses in Washington D.C.. The District of Columbia, like all 50 states and territories in the United States, set the legal drinking age of 21.  Before the age of 21, you can drive, vote, buy a lottery ticket, and even join the military but you cannot legally drink alcohol. Read more..
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The Waiting Game: Leaving After Colliding In DC
The Waiting Game: Leaving After Colliding In DC. In the constant hustle and bustle of traffic within the District of Columbia, fender benders are commonplace.  Accidents happen because people are prone to basic human error. Read more..
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DC Police Captain Arrested for DUI
DC Police Captain Arrested for DUI. Drunk driving in Washington, DC is a crime and there is no denying that.  However, even judges will say that unlike other DC criminal offenses, people seem to think it is okay to drive drunk since everyone does, even though that is not a valid excuse. Read more..
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I Know I Passed the Field Sobriety Tests in Washington, DC
I Know I Passed the Field Sobriety Tests in Washington, DC. Many people come in for a DUI defense consult and tell me that they know they passed the field sobriety tests, yet the cops arrested them anyway.  Before we get to what it means to pass the tests, it is important to understand what these tests are and why they matter. Read more..
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DC DUI Charges1. Breath test results – In DC, breathalyzer results from the Intoxilyzer 5000 and EC/IR II can be challenged by your DUI defense lawyer. In DC, there have been so many problems with calibration, accuracy, and operator error that you have options.

2. Field Sobriety Tests – That National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) only approves of three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) for use by the police in Washington, DC: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, the Walk and Turn, and the One Legged Stand. These tests have very specific requirements which are often not followed correctly by the police. They can be challenged by your criminal defense lawyer.

3. Illegal Stop - Sometimes motorists are pulled over for things that are not actually illegal in Washington, DC. If the stop was not legal, the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution and case law may require your DUI charges to be excluded.

4. No Observation period – Before giving a breathalyzer at the police station, police in DC are required to observe the driver for 20 minutes. Your attorney can get the video tape, ask questions and challenge this in traffic court.

5. Mouth Alcohol – A breath test may show a false high reading if you had any alcohol within fifteen minutes of testing, burped, used breath spay, mouthwash, or other products containing alcohol. Dentures have even been shown to hold alcohol in the clips which can affect the readings. This can be challenged in court. Despite urban legend or what you may have read on the internet, NEVER try to fool a breath test. These issues I raised can make the result higher. Let your attorney deal with the results in court.

6. Urine test results – In DC, DUI defense attorneys are looking into the accuracy of urinalysis results due to some recent developments.

7. Blood test results – Under District of Columbia law, blood draws may only be done by a licensed phlebotomist, Registered Nurse (RN), or medical doctor. The police must record who did the blood draw and be able to have that person in court.

8. DMV hearings – After your arrest, DC residents have 5 days to have a DMV hearing, and non-residents have 10 days. If your lawyer can get the initial stop dismissed, he may be able to get the DUI or DWI charges dismissed.

9. Improper police procedure – The Police are required by law to follow certain procedures and policies such as giving Miranda warnings, standardized vehicle search methods, and many others.

10. Hire the Law Office of Daniel A. Gross to defend you by calling (202) 596-5716 or by using the online contact form. Always remember that an arrest is not a conviction.