Law Office of David Akulian
Welcome To The Law Office Of David Akulian
Defense Strategy Based On My Experience As A ProsecutorI am attorney David Akulian, a former prosecutor. There is no better preparation for a career as a defense attorney than working in a district attorney's office and trying cases. I understand how the government prosecutes crimes and builds cases. This experience also taught me how to uncover weaknesses in cases and use them to my clients' advantage.
Knowledge Of The Criminal Justice SystemBecause I have handled thousands of criminal cases, I have a good sense of when to try a case and when to negotiate a plea. We will discuss your options thoroughly so you can make an informed decision about the next steps. When you need someone to fight for you, you will have a skilled, aggressive trial lawyer on your side.
I Understand What You Are FacingIndividuals have limited resources to defend themselves against the government's power and authority. Whether you are fighting a DUI/DWI charge or a violent crime charge, your freedom and your future are at risk. Unless you have an experienced attorney to represent you, your chances of avoiding or minimizing criminal penalties are virtually nonexistent. Navigating the criminal justice system on your own is a good way to put yourself in jail, perhaps for a crime you didn't commit.
Driving With A Suspended License And Other Traffic Violations
Operating After Revocation Or Operating After SuspensionIn Washington, D.C., if your license has been suspended or revoked, you can be charged with a misdemeanor that carries a penalty more severe than DUI. The penalty for OAR or OAS is up to one year in jail, $5,000 in fines, and a VVC contribution up to $250. In this jurisdiction, there is no specific requirement that DMV provides notice that your license is suspended. However in a recent court case, Loftus v. District of Columbia, No. 10-CT-620 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 13, 2012), the court stated that someone who truly has no idea and would have had no way of knowing his or her license was suspended MAY have a defense. It is important to have a lawyer who is familiar with sentencing in District of Columbia and who can help you attain a favorable result at sentencing.
Leaving After CollidingLeaving after colliding can carry potential jail and fines as well as points toward a driver's license in Washington D.C. This is commonly known as hit and run. When a person knows or should have known that they hit anything else, the driver must stop the vehicle. Failure to stop is the crime. BUT - there can be a defense that the area of the accident was unsafe and the driver was going to a place of safety. People charged with this offense must have a lawyer to advance their rights.
Protect Your License And RecordWashington, D.C., is notorious for major traffic violation tickets, including reckless driving and DUI/DWI arrests. If you are ticketed or arrested in District of Columbia, you may be tempted to just pay the fine, but this is the equivalent of pleading guilty. Depending on the offense, you will get points on your driver's license, may have your license suspended and/or may face jail time. Discuss your case with a skilled attorney by calling or emailing my office.