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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for District of Columbia on
Q: Is saying you couldnt care less if some one was floating down a river a threat?

My ex was harrassing my via text messages and social media and i said i couldnt care less if he was floating down a river and now hes threating to sue

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 21, 2019

Let him sue.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: Can an inmate file for a protection order if his accuser is harassing him?

My son was found guilty and sent to jail because of his accuser testimony. After he was sent to jail the woman kept scheduling visit to come see him just to block others from coming. She kept sending letters and messages to different family member of his. She has even tried to have all of my mail... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 21, 2018

Consult a criminal law attorney about the letter claiming she lied to get him convicted. There may be something that can be done regarding his case. There is also basis to file a protective order or maybe even criminal charges for harassment, and in your case, criminal forgery and interference... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for District of Columbia on
Q: My aunt on behalf of my grandfather filed for cpo in order to evict during the hearing it was established that she had

No power of attorney but she was allowed to sit with him speak for him and coach him but the worst act is when she made a false statement that the police raided the home with an arrest warrant looking for drugs and guns with a warrant with my name on it and that I wasn't arrested because I... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 26, 2017

Have a lawyer review these complex facts and allegations with a fine-toothed comb to determine your rights and obligations. You might have a basis for suit if you were illegally defamed or maliciously prosecuted. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: If I get locked up for domestic violence but I get no paper can she put a stay away order out of me and I pay rent for t
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jun 16, 2017

Are you married? Have you filed for divorce? Are you on the lease? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: I have a protection order against my ex, will he ever be charged with a crime?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 23, 2017

You can report crimes to the police for investigation. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: How many times will a judge "continue" a PFA?

I have a PFA me and my kids temp was issued 3/2/17 hearing was 3/9/17 - was continued til 4/20/17 pending investigation of possible Criminal Charges. What are the chances judge will just continue again since investigation is still pending vs just giving us a Final pfa

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 19, 2017

Continuances are based on the facts of the case and relevant law. They are determined by judges using their discretion on a case-by-case basis. They should not be abused. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: My husband was charged with a 2nd degree domestic violence about 6 mnts ago my mother cld the cops again &has a warrent

For a crime he didn't do.... I didn't give a statement they didn't take any pictures and he didn't go toops jail, wth? We have a baby due in August he would never put his hands on his pregnant wife!

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 9, 2016

Get an attorney for your husband who can communicate this information to the DA on your behalf. You can be a witness for your husband at his trial. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a judge order an abuser to pay a petitioner's legal fees, as well as pay rent, as part of a civil protection order?

My friend T.L. (anonymous) was physically and verbally assaulted by her boyfriend. She had the cops remove him from her apartment (he was not on the lease in the first place) after she called to say that she felt unsafe around him. She is interested in filing a protective order, but wants to know... Read more »

Sean R Hanover
Sean R Hanover answered on Nov 18, 2016

Great question! So, when you file in DC for a protective order, you ask what relief you are seeking. When you go to Court, the judge will complete (or you will settle with the opposing side) an order regarding your motion for a protective order. A section on that "order" includes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: If a child was pushed to direct them in the room in which they were asked to to their chores

If a child was pushed to direct them in the room in which they were asked to do their chores and they slipped and hit their face on the carpet and it caused a rug burn not meaning for any of it to happen or cause injury or harm can a parent be charged for assault on a child or possibly lose custody... Read more »

Sean R Hanover
Sean R Hanover answered on Sep 14, 2016

I would recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience. This matter is serious. In response to your question -- yes, you can be charged with assault. Assault is the unwanted touching (or imminent threat of touching) of another without privilege and without consent. DC Code 22-404(a)... Read more »

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