Washington, DC DUI, DWI, and OWI Blog

After completing finals or returning from summer break, many underage Washington, D.C. students head out to the local pub or nearby beer store to purchase alcohol with a fake ID. If you are a parent, think back to or imagine one of your first nights in Washington, D.C. (or any other major U.S. city) when all the bars were open, loud music was playing and everyone wanted to get out and have a good time. However, you not of legal age to purchase alcohol. Rather than staying home, you grab your wallet (or purse), a fake printed fake ID and head out with your friends. After arriving at a pub and waiting in line to get inside, a bouncer pulls you aside to question the authenticity of your ID. Waiving his flashlight over the ID, the bouncer recognizes the fake and signals to an undercover officer. Within minutes you are pulled out of line, placed in handcuffs and told you are being arrested for misrepresentation of age. You are horrified and soon begin picturing everything you had worked for being washed down the drain. After an arrest like this it is likely one of your biggest questions would be whether this arrest would be on your permanent record. Generally, an experienced Washington, DC criminal defense attorney will ensure that the arrest is removed from your record.

As the academic year comes to a close and finals are successfully completed, many students will go out and celebrate the end of the year. Some students may celebrate with a movie but others may celebrate by going out with a group of friends. Most of those students will face no problems, but some students may get more attention than they ever anticipated. Imagine this all too familiar scenario: you have finished your last final and everyone goes out to a local bar in Adams Morgan or Georgetown for drinks.  You friends line up and one by one they are allowed to enter.  You are next up, the bouncer looks over your ID and then signals you to exit the line.  While you are waiting to find out why you were pulled out of line - a police officer asks to speak with you.  While speaking to the officer you learn that the bouncer signaled to the officer that you had a fake ID.  The officer asks your name and age and informs you that you are under arrest for possessing a fake ID.  Specifically, you are under arrest for misrepresentation of age.  Once the reality of the situation hits you, you may feel like you are having a heart attack as a million questions begin running through your mind. Will I go to jail? Will I have a criminal record? Will I be kicked out of school? Will this ruin my life? Due to areas like Washington, D.C and Virginia cracking down on fake ids, this scenario and these feelings are unfortunately very common.

Even though Marijuana is currently legal in Washington, DC, there can still be consequences for using marijuana and then operating a motor vehicle. Imagine this scenario, you’re driving in DC, all of sudden, you see red and blue lights and you are getting pulled over.  The police officer approaches your car, asks you to roll your window down and claims that he detects an odor of marijuana.  In response to the officer’s question about the marijuana smell, you tell him that you have marijuana but question why it matters.  Now, the officer calls another officer who is trained in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests.  This second officer arrives on the scene and asks you to take a series of tests to see if you are incapacitated in any way or if you cannot exercise clear judgement. In this scenario, let us also imagine that the last time you smoked marijuana was a few days prior.  Even though you hadn’t lit up that day, the THC may still be stored in your fat cells.