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The DC Code: § 22-2301 Definitions.

Index22 Criminal Offenses and Penalties. (Refs & Annos)

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

"Aggressive manner" means:
Approaching, speaking to, or following a person in a manner as would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily harm or the commission of a criminal act upon the person, or upon property in the person's immediate possession;
Touching another person without that person's consent in the course of asking for alms;
Continuously asking, begging, or soliciting alms from a person after the person has made a negative response; or
Intentionally blocking or interfering with the safe or free passage of a person by any means, including unreasonably causing a person to take evasive action to avoid physical contact.
"Ask, beg, or solicit alms" includes the spoken, written, or printed word or such other act conducted for the purpose of obtaining an immediate donation of money or thing of value.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 22-3311. Legislative History of Laws Law 10-54, the "Panhandling Control Act of 1993," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 10-72, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 1, 1993, and June 29, 1993, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 16, 1993, it was assigned Act No. 10-48 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 10-54 became effective on November 17, 1993. DC CODE § 22-2301 Current through December 11, 2012


(Nov. 17, 1993, D.C. Law 10-54, § 2, 40 DCR 5450.)