Paul Hunt is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Washington DC with a successful track record of fighting for his clients. As a DC criminal lawyer, Mr. Hunt has consistently provided the highest level criminal defense for reasonable fees and has been nominated as Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer nationally by The National Trial Lawyers.
First and foremost, if you are contacted by any law enforcement agency such as MPD, FBI or the DEA or any other agency, do not make any statements. Even those denying involvement in a case where you are completely innocent, will most likely be used to build a case against you later. Politely decline to comment and then contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The sooner an experienced DC criminal lawyer can consult with you, the better your chance of defeating the government’s case.
DC Criminal Lawyer Paul Hunt Get’s Results
Paul Hunt’s case results speak for themselves. Consider some of the following:
• United States v. Thomas Kinney
In this case Mr. Hunt obtained three mistrials in a row in what other top lawyers called an “impossible case”. The first mistrial occurred on a motion relating to prosecutorial misconduct. Mr. Kinney is one of the five star reviews for the Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt, PLLC. This case shows that when things are not just tough, but downright brutal in a federal case with one’s life on the line, Mr. Hunt will make the difference. US District Judge Roberts attributed the outcome in the case to “excellent lawyering” by Paul Hunt. This is just one case showing why he has been nominated as one the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the country.
• United States v. Samuel Allen
In this case, the government proceeded on a search warrant to charge Possession with intent to distribute while armed. The affidavit in support on the warrant in this case stated that another person, not the defendant, was engaging in illegal activity out of the location in question. On these facts, Mr. Hunt, pressed the issue that the informant (in who made the exculpatory statements in the affidavit) would have to be revealed. At first, the court denied this motion. Hunt then filed for reconsideration and made argument orally to the judge and got a reversal of the ruling. The government, not wishing to turn over the informant, then dismissed the case. His mother had grateful tears of joy and has supplied one of the 5 star reviews for the Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt.
• United States v. Daquan Hooks
This is one of the many jury trial victories over the decades for Mr. Hunt which has led to his status as a top lawyer in the United States. Jury trial wins require good tactics and forceful arguments from a DC criminal lawyer. In this case, the defendant pled guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid certain pieces of evidence from coming into the trial. The case was then forcefully argued base on inconsistent police testimony. There were some points of agitation with their demeanor that the jury related to Mr. Hunt lawyering that was revealed in a post-trial interview in the jury room.
Specifically, they related that the lead officer in the case was wearing sunglasses in the courtroom over his head and they found him to be arrogant. They related very positive comments to the demeanor and presentation of Mr. Hunt in the case.
The case can be found at 2011 CA 4116 which notes the acquittal in the record. What the court record does not show is the subtlety and experienced moves of a courtroom tactician who is working for your freedom at every moment that leads to these results.
Federal Charges That Require a Criminal Defense Lawyer
While many criminal charges are tried in DC Superior Court, other offenses constitute a violation of federal law. These crimes are typically charged in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. As in the DC Superior Court, these offenses are prosecuted by the United States government and, as a result, have the full force of a number of federal agencies supporting the prosecution. Agencies conducting investigations, undercover operations, and sting operations on behalf of the government may include:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Secret Service
- United State Park Police
Any offense that occurs on federal property can be charged as a federal crime. In addition, white collar crimes, cybercrimes, and drug crimes are among the criminal offenses most often prosecuted as federal crimes. Internet sex crimes such as possession of child pornography and online enticement of a minor, are also vigorously prosecuted in federal court. At times the government will charge larger drug trafficking cases in the US District Court which involve wiretapping or other extensive investigations.
In addition, repeat offenders with weapons charges may find their cases brought in the federal court where potential sentences can be more severe. These cases have procedures which are different than DC Superior Court and it is important to have a DC criminal lawyer who has experience in federal cases where the stakes are high.
Federal criminal charges are serious, with conviction leading to stringent sentencing in federal prison without the possibility of parole. If you are investigated for a federal crime, it is crucial to seek a Washington DC criminal defense lawyer who is experienced at handling these type of federal cases.
Potential evidence against you is gathered during lengthy investigations that may include wiretapping and other surveillance conducted by agents. It is crucial to find a federal DC criminal lawyer with the resources to build a defense against these charges.
Get The Best DC Criminal Defense
If you believe you are being investigated for a federal offense or if you have been charged with a federal crime, getting legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense lawyer should be a priority in protecting your rights and building your defense. Paul Hunt will continue to fight for the best result and never back down to the government at all while maintaining the highest standard of professionalism at all times. To start your FREE Consultation today with a Top DC criminal lawyer, send us a message or call (202) 463-1965 to schedule a FREE consultation.