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The Assault Blog - DC FONT!

Posted by Sheridan England | Oct 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

What the heck is DC FONT?  Apparently, a new meme going around after a football game this week. covered the reporting:

DC FONOT stands for:

  • Don't
  • Commit
  • Felonies
  • On
  • National
  • Television

That's pretty good advice, but not terribly practical for most clients.  But what we have been seeing lately are cases where police and prosecutors are canvassing neighborhoods for RING cameras to capture footage of alleged assaults in residential neighborhoods.  These cases might not make it on national TV, but a video of what happened can help exonerate an innocent client who may have had to defend himself but ends up charged with a crime.

In Washington, DC, aggravated assault is governed by DC Code § 22–404.01.  Aggravated assault is pretty serious.  You can end up with 10 years if you're not careful.  Prosecutor's don't need to prove a defendant used a weapon to convict (like a college football cleat).  Law enforcement can simply allege "serious bodily injury" for just about any injury they want to, so you should have an experienced attorney in your corner if you're facing these charges.

As of the date of today's blog you can DC's aggravated assault law HERE.

If you don't want to click the link, here's the code:

(a) A person commits the offense of aggravated assault if:

(1) By any means, that person knowingly or purposely causes serious bodily injury to another person; or

(2) Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, that person intentionally or knowingly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of serious bodily injury to another person, and thereby causes serious bodily injury.

(b) Any person convicted of aggravated assault shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or be imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

(c) Any person convicted of attempted aggravated assault shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.

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