Protective Orders can be just as serious as criminal cases. If you have been served with papers to appear in court for a domestic violence hearing, you need immediate legal help.
If a protective order is granted against you, the judge can order living arrangements, financial support, child support, child custody and visitation, anger management classes, parenting classes, substance abuse classes. A protective order can turn your life upside down. Attorney Wooten has extensive experience in dealing with these volatile cases, that sometimes carry companion criminal cases. Do not go to court without an attorney! Contact us for a free consultation.
Many people have the mistaken belief that because the penalties for misdemeanors are less severe than felonies, your case is not that serious. Think again! You could still face jail, fines, loss of employment, difficulty in gaining admission to college, challenges in getting loans, and the loss of your driving license.
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A criminal defense lawyer should be prepared to evaluate all the facts of your case and to work towards the best possible outcome for you. In some situations, this outcome may include dismissed charges or reduced penalties. In any case, it is extremely important to have an aggressive, experienced, and responsive criminal defense attorney on your side.
Protect your rights and by having an attorney represent you as soon as you have been charged with a misdemeanor.
Traffic offenses have many consequences that people are unaware of until it happens to them. Whether you have a CDL and simply need to avoid points on your driving record, or you are facing significant amounts of jail time for leaving the scene of an accident or driving under the influence...David Wooten will navigate you through this administrative nightmare. Whether it's the D.C. DMV or the Maryland MVA, attorney Wooten has the knowledge and experience to protect your license.
Attorney Wooten has handled all variety of felonies, from sexual abuse to murder. If your loved one is incarcerated, call David Wooten now for a free consultation.
Read Below for a sample of Mr. Wooten's felony case results.
Estate planning can be a neglected part of a family's financial planning. It’s easy to delay answering uncomfortable questions such as “What happens to my assets and my loved ones when I die?” So it’s no surprise that roughly half of Americans don’t have a will, and even fewer have an estate plan.
A Last Will and Testament is essentially a legal document that coordinates the distribution of your assets after death and can appoint guardians for minor children. It is important to have, as it allows you to communicate your wishes clearly and precisely. Without a will, the state in which you reside decides how to distribute your assets.
A Trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a third part, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary. Since trusts usually avoid probate, your beneficiaries may gain access to these assets more quickly than they might to assets that are transferred using a will. The pros and cons of a trust versus a will are complicated. You should discuss your specific situation with an attorney and a tax advisor.
A Durable Power of Attorney, also known as a "Living Will," is equally critical to have. This will enable someone you trust to handle your financial matters in the event you become incapacitated. Otherwise, it would be necessary for someone to petition a court to appoint a guardian or conservator of your property, which is an expensive and time-consuming process.
An Advance Medical Directive gives your agent the authority to make medical treatment decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so. This can be because you are mentally incapable of making an informed decision, or are unable to communicate a decision. An Advance Medical Directive is a good idea for the same reason as a Durable Power of Attorney. In the event you become incapacitated and do not have a health care agent, it would be necessary for a loved one to petition a court to appoint a guardian, which is an expensive and time-consuming process.
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David Wooten, Esq.
David Wooten is a licensed attorney in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Wooten represents clients in all types of criminal and serious traffic cases, as well as personal injury accidents. He has represented clients accused of serious criminal offenses, from federal drug trafficking to first degree murder, with jury trial experience including: Attempted Murder; Rape; Robbery; Sexual Abuse of a Minor; Assault.
Recently, Attorney Wooten has had much success getting evidence suppressed in felony drug cases, where the suppression ruling resulted in immediate dismissal of all charges. This is the difficult task of convincing a judge to essentially tell a police officer that his conduct was illegal, and therefore the officer's punishment is that the defendant walks free. One case involved suppression of 15 grams of cocaine, in a bag that was sticking out of the Defendant's pants. Another case involved an alleged confession that cocaine was hidden inside a wall, where a judge found the defendant's denial more credible than the Detective's story. Yet another case involved an illegal traffic stop that recovered a backpack full of $14,000 cash and 2 pounds of marijuana.
In 2016, Attorney Wooten saved a man from 96 years of potential jail time by convincing an Annapolis jury not to believe a 15 year old girl's accusations of years of sexual abuse by the man living in her basement. 8 out of 4 jurors voted for acquittal. The case was ultimately dismissed. In 2013, Mr. Wooten acted as co-counsel with Andrew Jezic, defending a man who was facing 85 years in prison for allegedly abusing his step-daughter over several years. After a four-day jury trial in which Jezic and Wooten presented 14 defense witnesses, the jury deliberated for less than 2 hours before acquitting the defendant of all charges.
As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Wooten often finds himself in the middle of heated domestic violence cases. When a marriage falls apart, and physical violence is alleged, divorce, alimony, and custody proceedings can be influenced by criminal charges. In 2012 and 2013, David won two consecutive protective orders against the same scorned wife who was determined to violate her husband's probation in an attempt to put him in jail and win custody of their two sons.
Mr. Wooten speaks fluent Spanish. He lived in Ecuador for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. As a youth, he traveled the world playing competitive soccer. In college, he was granted a highly selective scholarship to live in southeast Asia and work for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.
Attorney Wooten's multi-cultural life experience aids and informs his practice of law. Every client's needs are unique. The decisions a person makes, and the challenges he or she faces, are strongly influenced by their background and upbringing. Mr. Wooten knows how to paint the right picture for judges and juries, using his client's background as a strength.
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Rockville High School Rape Case
In the high profile Rockville High School rape case, after the case became sensationalized by the White House, and authorities initially described a horrible crime scene with "very strong evidence," all charges against attorney Wooten's client were dropped. For two months, attorney Wooten and his investigators worked diligently to uncover the truth, despite the national media and local hysteria that tried to hijack the narrative by focusing on the immigration status of the defendants, instead of whether or not a rape actually occurred. Mr. Wooten's 17-year-old client was facing life in prison. After the two worst months of his young life, Wooten's client was finally vindicated and set free.
Acquittal in Ocean City
An Ocean City judge acquitted Mr. Wooten's client of all charges, including two counts of assault and reckless endangerment. The case resulted from an altercation in a hotel swimming pool, where one woman claimed she was groped in the hot tub, and her fiend was taken by ambulance after suffering a concussion at the hands of Wooten's client. The judge found Mr. Wooten's defense of mutual combat persuasive.
Hockey Brawl at the Green Turtle
Attorney David Wooten convinced a very tough judge in D.C. Superior Court to acquit his client of two counts of assault, for an altercation that occurred at the Green Turtle restaurant outside the Verizon Center, after a Washington Caps hockey game. Mr. Wooten's client was on parole for a prior felony assault, and could have been sent back to prison for an additional 7 years if convicted. Upon hearing the verdict, the prosecutor and his boss were left with their jaws hanging open. They couldn't believe that this tough judge did not believe the 4 Government witnesses who testified as to the assault that split one young man's eye open. But Mr. Wooten was not the least bit surprised. Justice was served.
Confession Suppressed in Upper Marlboro
A Prince George’s County judge made a rare decision to credit the testimony of attorney David Wooten's client over a detective's testimony, and to suppress the defendant's confession, which led to the discovery of cocaine hidden in a wall. Mr. Wooten's client was facing certain jail and deportation if convicted of felony cocaine possession with intent to distribute. It is a rare feat to convince a judge to suppress a confession. A week after this victory, the entire case was dismissed and Mr. Wooten's client got to remain in the United States a free man.
Montgomery DUI Case Thrown Out of Court
Attorney David Wooten won a Montgomery County DUI trial in front of an extremely harsh sentencing judge, who would have punished the defendant far worse than any other judge in the county if the defendant were convicted. The defendant blew a .19 BAC, and had several open beer bottles in the car. Against his attorney’s advice, the defendant also appeared in court without completing any alcohol education classes beforehand.
Lucky for the defendant, Attorney Wooten successfully argued that the police officer had no legal basis to stop the vehicle. The officer testified that the defendant’s vehicle was swerving in its lane, driving 20 mph below the speed limit, speeding up and slowing down, crossed over a solid white line, and had a broken brake light. A video recording from the officer’s own vehicle directly contradicted the officer’s testimony, and the judge dismissed the case before ever hearing about a .19 BAC or open beer bottles in the vehicle.
$14,000 Cash and 2 Pounds of Marijuana
Thrown Out of Court
Attorney David Wooten convinced a Prince George’s County judge to suppress all evidence obtained as a result of an illegal traffic stop by a police officer. During a search of the Defendant’s car, police found a bag containing $14,000 cash and over two pounds of marijuana. Mr. Wooten’s client is a young man with a bright future ahead of him. If found guilty of felony Possession with Intent to Distribute marijuana, not only would he have gone to jail, but his ability to obtain federal loans for college would have disappeared. His chances of finding decent employment with a felony conviction would be slim to none. Now, he essentially gets a second chance at life.
Upper Marlboro Jury Acquits After 1 Hour
Criminal defense Attorney David Wooten won an acquittal for his client, accused of savagely beating and strangling his pregnant girlfriend. Two police officers and a distressed 911 call were presented in an effort to support the complainant’s wild testimony of closed fist punches, slamming against walls, and strangulation. But the jury was not convinced. Mr. Wooten’s client was saved from potential incarceration and he is now eligible to expunge this nightmare from the public record.
Not Guilty of Assault and Disorderly Conduct at the Horseshoe Casino
Defense Attorney David Wooten’s client was acquitted of all charges by a Baltimore City judge, despite video surveillance footage that clearly showed the defendant put his hands on the throat of another bar patron, which triggered a brawl among several patrons. Additionally, evidence showed that the defendant bit through two layers of clothing and broke the skin of the security guard who ejected defendant. Attorney Wooten successfully argued that his client’s actions were in self defense.
Hung Jury Despite Confession in Attempted Murder Case
A Prince George’s County jury was hung on all counts in an Attempted Murder trial, despite Mr. Wooten’s client confessing to punching the victim during a brutal stabbing by two other assailants. As a result, the judge declared a mistrial. On the attempted murder counts, the jury was divided 7 for acquittal and 5 for conviction. Apart from the client’s confession to the lead detective, the victim identified Mr. Wooten’s client as the stabber in several photo line- ups. Nonetheless, the jury still hung on all counts.
NOT GUILTY of Burglary
Attorney David Wooten convinced an Annapolis judge to dismiss all 10 counts of burglary, malicious destruction of property, and theft of over $3,000 worth of copper wire and piping. The prosecutor was shocked, considering that Wooten’s client and 3 other individuals were found standing in the rain changing clothes at 4 am in 40 degree weather, with all of the copper in the back of their truck, and fresh mud tracks leading directly to the crime scene.
Mr. Wooten successfully argued that there wasn’t enough evidence linking his client to the crime. The client now maintains a clean record, while his co-defendant (who had a different lawyer) received 90 days in jail and was deported.
NOT GUILTY of Assault in D.C.
D.C. criminal lawyer David Wooten recently won an assault trial in front of a D.C. Superior Court judge. Three government witnesses failed to convince the judge beyond a reasonable doubt, while Mr. Wooten’s client testified credibly that he acted in self defense. The victory was essential for the Defendant, who would have faced serious immigration consequences with a criminal conviction on his record.
NOT GUILTY of Theft at Maryland Live Casino
In Anne Arundel County District Court, Maryland criminal defense attorney David Wooten convinced a judge to find his client Not Guilty of theft at the Maryland Live Casino. This amazing result came despite the Defendant being caught “red handed” on casino security footage, picking up and combing through a lost wallet. The victim, an elderly house wife, swore that the Defendant removed $1,500 from the wallet. The judge begrudgingly agreed with Mr. Wooten that reasonable doubt existed.
Annapolis Judge Acquits Client of Theft
Annapolis Judge dismissed a case after attorney David Wooten's cross examination of business owner, whose motives were clear. He was retaliating against his employee after hearing rumors that the Wooten's client was the one who filed a complaint with the Dept of Labor for abusive employment practices, including a widespread failure to pay overtime wages. The employer tried to punish Wooten's client by filing false criminal charges alleging 9 counts of unauthorized use of the employer's truck. Thanks to Mr. Wooten's argument, the judge saw through the lies and dismissed the case, and the client maintains a clean record.
"David Wooten saved my life. I spent months in jail for a crime I didn't commit. But in the end, he set me free. David literally saved me." JM
"David Wooten is the best! He has been with me from start to finish on this case, and he really cares about my case. He responds immediately and fights in the courtroom. David works really hard. He is professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. I feel comfortable every time I consult with him. I refer everyone I know to David when in need of someone on their side.." GP
"Thank you so much to Mr. Wooten for winning my case.
I unreservedly recommend him to defend you! He is a stalwart in the justice system. He was tremendous at the trial and he ensured that at the end of the day the end result was in my favor.
His talent is unquestionable and he has an insatiable appetite for justice to be rightly served. The best young lawyer around town! " DJ
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El licensiado David Wooten es un abogado agresivo y apasionado, defendiendo a sus clientes en los tribunales locales de Maryland y Washington, DC.
El abogado Wooten tiene profunda experiencia con todo tipo de casos criminales y casos de tráfico.
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