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Bernard Crane

Bernard Crane

Over 30 years of effectively, zealously fighting for clients
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime ...
  • District of Columbia, Virginia
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Ada Chan
Reviewed by Ada Chan May 7, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Bernard Crane is an incredibly dedicated and hardworking attorney. His work ethic and commitment to his clients is equally as impressive as his overall good nature. While his record speaks for itself, I would also highly recommend Mr. Crane to represent any of my friends or family in need of a good attorney with proven results
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Reviewed by G. T. February 5, 2020
Successful Probation Modification
Mr. Crane successfully petitioned the DC Superior Court for an early termination of probation. He and I developed a strategy to collect supporting evidence for the court and articulate that evidence to convince the judge to release me from probation early. I am very pleased that I no longer have to report to a probation officer, nor comply with additional restrictions of probation.
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Bernard Crane graduated from George Washington University, and earned his law degree from Catholic University. He's been practicing criminal and business law in the Washington area since 1985. For over 30 years, he's zealously fought for clients accused of all types of crimes - from marijuana to murder and carjacking. There's almost nothing he's not already seen and learned to deal with, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. He's helped thousands of people get through some of the worst times in their lives. He can help you, too.

Before becoming an attorney, he was a private investigator, conducting investigations across the county. Prior to that, he served as a police officer, including working undercover in narcotics. He know how investigations are built, so he know where their weak spots are. He's been where the arresting officer has been, so he know what he sees. More importantly, he know what the officer misses.

Mr. Crane has completed an in-depth advanced training course on traffic alcohol cases approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and become one of the few attorneys who have earned certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This means he's been trained in exactly the same procedures the officers must use to make arrests for DWI or DUI. He can spot errors and omissions in their reports that frequently result in cases being dismissed.

He's advised and handled the legal needs of countless businesses, including accountants, doctors, restaurants, nightclubs, I T vendors (hardware and software), labor services providers, and government contractors. He's guided clients' businesses from start-up to becoming major players, and helped them with government contracts, bid protests, liquor licensing, union disputes, corporate agreements, leases, buy-sell agreements, and all other business matters. He treats YOUR business as if it were HIS business.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Business Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Fairfax County Bar Association
DC Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
The George Washington University
B.A. (1976) | Criminal Justice, Sociology, Dramatic Art
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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
J.D. (1976) | Law
Honors: American Jurisprudence Academic Achievement Awards: Creditors Rights and Debtors Protection, Insurance Law, Professional Responsibility
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District of Columbia Bar
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Virginia State Bar
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25 Questions Answered

Q. I have an escapee Charge because I refused to get arrest without know why, so I ran into my home. Am I escapee
A: Short answer: yes. If the police try to arrest you, that is not the proper venue in which to argue the sufficiency of their reasons for the arrest. It sounds like you know there has already been an escape charge brought against you. The best thing to do is speak to a good criminal defense attorney right away and have him assist you in turning yourself in on the warrant. He will be able to arrange the time and place so you will see a judge right away. You want to arrange to turn yourself in early as possible on a Monday through Thursday morning, so you can e processed and get before a judge the same day. If you turn yourself in on a Friday afternoon, you will probably sit in a jail cell until at least Monday. Don't waste those days if you do't have to! It is very important to understand that, to a judge, there is a world of difference between turning yourself in and being arrested and brought in. If you walk yourself into a courthouse, you are going a long way toward convincing the judge he can trust you to walk yourself in again and releasing you on recognizance. If you wait until they arrest you, you are convincing the judge that he needs to keep you locked up so you will be there for your next court date. You are also taking the risk that you or someone you love could be injured, or worse, if the police break in your door and rush your house with their guns out to arrest you on the warrant. This is a problem that will not go away, and it will not get better on its own. Its kind of a no-brainer.
Q. If I didnt agree to be a witness for the prosecution, do I have to speak with them before the trial?
A: Short answer: No. You don't have to talk to the prosecutor, either at their office or at the courthouse, except to identify yourself if they call out your name in the courtroom or the hallway outside the court, and even then only IF the have subpoenaed you. A subpoena does not take away your fifth Amendment right to refrain from answering questions, except when you are actually on the witness stand. However, if you get subpoenaed to the Grand Jury, you DO have to go, and you DO have to answer questions. However, you still don't have to talk to the prosecutor or answer his questions outside the Grand Jury room. If he tries to take you into his office or room outside the courtroom or Grand Jury room to speak to you, you don't have to go with him. Your only obligations is to answer questions propounded to you in court or before the Grand Jury. What's more, you have a Fifth Amendment right to not answer any questions that might tend to incriminate you. IN the situation you described, it sounds like yo definitely might have a legitimate Fifth Amendment right to avoid some or all of the questions about this situation. You should tell the prosecutor or the judge that yo believe you have a Fifth Amendment right to not answer questions, and ask them to have a lawyer appointed to represent you.
Q. can an employer force an employee to purchase a company provided laptop if there are damages?
A: The other side of the coin to the eloquent answer Mr. Minnick provided is that, Florida is an “at will” state, which means even if you DO pay the money for the laptop, the employer could still fire you the next day. If you don't pay for the laptop and quit or get fired, and the employer tries to take the money out of your last paycheck, you would probably be able to make a claim gainst the employer with the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
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