You need to contact an attorney from the area familiar with the DC courts and procedures. I believe they are federal. You can be convicted of a "lesser included offense", meaning they can try you for the greater but only find proof of the lesser. However you can be tried for this event only once. Look up Mohammed Bashir. He has offices in DC but also in NJ. He is an expereeinced criminal defense attorney.
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They are right. You need a good local DC lawyer.
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Sounds like they amended the charge prior to trial. Yes, generally the prosecution can do that. If it is right against trial on the other hand, procedural and substantive due process concerns arise under the Constitution and DC laws. The big thing is that you have 'notice' of the underlying facts, I.e. The state alleges you pushed an officer intentionally and caused injury. That hasn't changed and they put you on notice of new charges simply because the level of injury they claim you caused is mor severe than originally thought. Certainly these are questions for your lawyer and if you don't have one I suggest you hire counsel immediately or apply for a public defender if you qualify.