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District of Columbia Criminal Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's section covering Washington, D.C.'s criminal laws, including summaries of various criminal offenses and statutes regulating such penalties as capital punishment and restraining orders. This section provides practical information for non-attorneys about such criminal laws as driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs; domestic violence and child abuse; first- and second-degree murder; and various financial crimes, including pyramid schemes and identity theft. You'll also find articles about gun control laws, information about D.C.'s criminal courts, and drug prohibition laws. Click on a link below to learn more about the District of Columbia's criminal laws.

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