Author: Bruckheim & Patel

About Bruckheim & Patel

As a former Prosecutor, Michael Bruckheim has experience on the other side of the aisle. Prior to founding his law office in 2010, Mr. Bruckheim enjoyed a diverse career in litigation at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) serving for over 11 years. He began his OAG career as a prosecutor in the Criminal Section where he conducted numerous bench and jury trials in traffic and criminal misdemeanor matters. Mr. Bruckheim was promoted and served as Chief of the Criminal Section at the OAG where he supervised the prosecution of DUI offenses in the District and directed a staff of over 20 attorneys.

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 04:24 pmNavigating the legal landscape of first-time DUI offenses in Washington D.C. can be daunting, with potential consequences ranging from license suspension to jail time.  But how likely is jail time for a first DUI in DC? Jail time for first-time DUI offenses in DC varies based on the […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 08:26 pm You may be wondering what it means to have a case dismissed. Voluntary dismissal refers to the decision made by the party who initiated the case, whether it is the plaintiff in a civil case or the prosecutor in a criminal case, to terminate the legal proceedings. In […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 12th, 2024 at 08:58 pmWhen a victim’s property is taken, the incident is often interchangeably referred to as a robbery or burglary. However, there are significant differences between the two crimes and, consequently, different charges. Understanding these differences may help you better understand the charges against you or properly categorize and report […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 9th, 2024 at 08:43 pmYou’ve been pulled over in Maryland under the suspicion of drunk driving and asked to submit to sobriety tests. The first thing that comes to mind is, can you refuse sobriety tests in Maryland? In Maryland, roadside sobriety tests are voluntary, meaning a person cannot be legally penalized […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 10th, 2024 at 09:34 am You may have heard ‘no contest’ and ‘guilty’ used interchangeably in discussions about plea deals. On the surface, they are very similar and often result in the same outcome concerning criminal charges. But is a guilty plea the same as a no-contest plea? Pleading no contest means […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 04:43 pmAre you looking for long-term protection from an abuser? If so, a civil protection order in Washington, DC, may be the solution that you are seeking. At Bruckheim & Patel, we understand how difficult it can be to take legal action against your abuser and want to provide […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 05:53 pmBody-worn camera footage allows the viewer to see first-hand what a police officer does and is intended to solve problems of officers fabricating and exaggerating events that transpired during their official work duties. To devise a competent and successful criminal defense strategy, one must get the best possible […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 05:55 pmOn May 3, 2019, DC Law 22-311 went into effect. The amendment changed Title 23 of the District of Columbia Official Code to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for first, second, third, and fourth-degree sexual abuse. It extended the statute of limitations for violations of required reporting […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 16th, 2024 at 06:12 pm This age-old question has surely come up at some point in your lifetime, and you may even claim to know the answer. Fortunately, we have the research to either back or destroy your hypothesis. Do Men or Women Cause More Accidents? Women. According to the Federal Highway […]Continue reading

    Updated on April 12th, 2024 at 09:27 pmIn DC, while both a civil protection order and a civil restraining order are civil in nature, they are not the same. A restraining order is much broader in application and is applicable to anyone. A civil protection order only applies to those within an intrafamilial relationship, such […]Continue reading

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