David Wooten is a criminal defense attorney licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Every day, David is in court representing clients in criminal and serious traffic cases, as well as post-conviction matters. He has represented clients accused of serious criminal offenses, from Federal Drug Trafficking to First Degree Murder, with jury trial experience including Attempted Murder, First Degree Rape, Second Degree Rape, Burglary, First Degree Assault, and Second Degree Assault.
With co-counsel Andrew Jezic, David defended 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 David presented 14 defense witnesses, the jury deliberated for less than 2 hours before acquitting the defendant of all charges.
In an Attemped Murder trial with Mr. Jezic, the jury was hung on all counts, despite David's client confessing to punching the victim during a brutal stabbing by two other assailants. As a result, the judge declared a mistrial, even though the victim identified David's client as the stabber in several photo line-ups.
As a criminal defense attorney, David 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. Similarly In 2014, David won two peace order trials in the same week. Winning the peace orders enabled David to convince prosecutors to dismiss related criminal assault charges in both cases.
Regardless of the crime--whether it’s possession of marijuana, reckless driving, or murder--David is equally as passionate in defending his clients rights.
David received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, where he was an active member of the American University International Law Review, the Mock Trial Honor Society, and board member of the Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in California.
David speaks fluent Spanish. He lived in Ecuador for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. He is happily married; he met his wife in Ecuador and helped her immigrate to the United States. As a youth, he traveled the world playing competitive soccer--from Bolivia, Mexico, and Canada, to Holland, Belgium, Germany and England--with several teammates who are now professional athletes around the globe. In college, David was granted a highly selective scholarship to live in southeast Asia and work for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.
His 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. David knows how to paint the right picture for judges and juries, using his client's background as a strength.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member||WCL Mock Trial Honor Society||2010|
|Member||American University International Law Review||2009|
|Fellow||AnneMerie Donoghue Human Rights Fellowship||2004|
|Trial Attorney||Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse, LLC||2013 - Present|
|Trial Attorney||Law Office of Samuel Delgado, LLC||2011 - 2013|
|Law Clerk||US Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Dekalb County Office of the Public Defender||2010 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Montgomery County Office if the Public Defender||2009 - 2009|
|Youth & Families Volunteer||United States Peace Corps||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||2014 - Present|
|District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Maryland Hispanic Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Immigrants Rights Coalition||Board Member||2008 - 2011|
|$14,000 and 2 Pounds of Weed Thrown out of Court||All Charges Dismissed|
|Jury says Not Guilty after 1 Hour||Not Guilty|
|Not Guilty of Assault at Horseshoe Casino||Not Guilty of All Charges|
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|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Claremont McKenna College||Philosophy & Public Affairs||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Immigration Reform and Criminal Law||Immigration Reform and Criminal Law||2014|