Scrofano Law PC defends all types of criminal case, including violent offenses, sex
offenses, domestic violent offenses, and criminal appeals.  Typical violent offenses typically include crimes like simple assault, assault on a police officer, threats, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, robbery, armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder.  Typical sex crimes charged in DC include first, second, third, and fourth degree sexual assault as well as misdemeanor sexual assault.  These crimes can range from forcible rape to an unwanted touching.  The domestic violence division in Superior Court is completely separate from the criminal division.  A separate unit from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia prosecutes domestic violence crimes.  For the prosecution to classify something as a domestic violence, the alleged crime must be between individuals who have an “intrafamily relationship.”  Unfortunately, the status defines “intrafamily relationship” broadly to include family members, relatives, people romantically involved, and even roommates.  Finally, Scrofano Law PC handles a variety of criminal appeals and has successfully won before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

DC Violent Offenses

Simple assault and misdemeanor assault on a police officer both carry a maximum penalty of a 180 days and/or $1,000.00 fine.  Diversion options are usually limited in these types of cases and often the government will offer diversion only when the complaining witness (or alleged victim) will agree to a resolution of the case through diversion.  Misdemeanor threats is a crime that also carries a maximum penalty of 180 days and/or a $1,000.00 crime.  More violent assault crimes like assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, and murder are felony offenses that can include substantial prison time if convicted.  If you or someone you know is charged with a DC violent offense, contact Scrofano Law PC immediately for a full consultation.

DC Sex Offenses

First degree sex abuse is what DC criminal law calls rape.  It requires engaging in a sexual act through force or threat of force with a gun or other weapon.  Second degree sex abuse involves forcing a sexual act by threatening or placing a person in reasonable fear.  Third degree sex abuse does not require penetration but includes an unwanted touching of the genitals or breasts through force or threat of force with a weapon.  Fourth degree sex abuse also involves an unwanted touching of the breast or genitals through force or threat of force without the use of a weapon.  Finally, misdemeanor sex abuse requires a sexual act committed where the defendant knew or should have known that the act was unwanted and not consented to.  First, second, third, and fourth degree sex abuse are felonies and can carry substantial prison time if convicted.  If you or someone you know is charged or under investigation for a DC sex offense, contact Scrofano Law PC today.

DC Domestic Violence Offenses

Typical domestic violence offenses charged are like other crimes charged in DC—simple assault, threats, destruction of property, possession of a prohibited weapon.  However, if the offense alleged is committed between individuals with an “intrafamily relationship,” then the domestic violence section of the United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute these crimes in the Domestic Violence section of DC Superior Court.  Other DV cases can include civil protection order cases where one person seeks to have the court order another person to stay away and have no contact with them.  These cases are civil and do not include jail time.  However, a violation of a civil protection order can be charged criminally as criminal contempt.  Therefore, if someone serves you with a Petition for Civil Protection Order, its important to contact a qualified domestic violence attorney who can properly advise you of your rights and options. 

Criminal Appeals

Scrofano Law PC handles a variety of criminal appeals in the District of Columbia Superior Court.  Attorney Joseph Scrofano has argued and won before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  A particularly important case reversed a trial judge’s decision to deny a defendant’s motion to withdraw guilty plea in a DC DUI conviction without holding a hearing on the motion.  The individual sought to withdraw the guilty plea because it came out that the Metropolitan Police Department had not conducted accuracy checks on their breathalyzer program for approximately 10 years.  Once the Court of Appeals remanded for a hearing, the government dismissed the case rather than open the door to a hearing on the problems it had with its breathalyzer program from 2000 to 2010.  The practical effect of the appeal was removing the conviction from the client’s record for a DUI case.  If you are someone you know has been convicted and want to appeal your conviction, contact Scrofano Law PC today.