Criminal Defense

At McCool Law PLLC, we are dedicated to defending individuals charged with offenses ranging from rioting, assault, narcotics distribution, firearms possession, felony assaults, and homicide. We defend these types of cases whether they are brought in Federal or state courts.

Our Professional Reputation & Credentials

Steven McCool began his legal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and later in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. McCool was in involved in some of the Office’s most high-profile cases, including the murder of Metropolitan Police Officer Jason E. White in 1994.

Mr. McCool was also the lead and only prosecutor in the 1996 high-profile prosecution of three gang members who were responsible for nine murders during a one-month spree of violence in the District of Columbia. After a six-month trial — still one of the longest trials in the history of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia — the jury returned guilty verdicts against all three defendants, who were all sentenced to life imprisonment.

In 2003, as co-lead defense counsel, Mr. McCool completed the longest Federal criminal trial in the history of the District of Columbia. A Federal judge appointed Mr. McCool to represent a client charged with leading a racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise that was responsible for 31 murders. The government vehemently sought the death penalty. Following a 13-month trial, Mr. McCool obtained acquittals on a number of murder charges, and he convinced jurors not to impose a death sentence.

Selected Representations

  • In December 2017, Mr. McCool and Julia Coleman obtained not guilty verdicts, following a four-week jury trial, for their client charged with rioting during President Trump’s Inauguration Day protests. Following this victory, the government dismissed charges against 129 protesters.
  • Lead counsel for a former security contractor, who was indicted for a shooting incident in Baghdad, Iraq. Following a three-week Kastigar hearing, a Federal judge dismissed all charges. Following reversal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States dismissed all charges against Mr. McCool's client.
  • Lead counsel for former-NSA Station Chief charged with First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death, for killing his three-year-old adopted son. Prosecutors sought a sentence of 40 years. Following a lengthy sentencing hearing involving expert testimony, the client was sentenced to 12 years.
  • Dismissal of a murder charge brought against the owner of a well-known, District of Columbia nightclub, after the Metropolitan Police Chief announced to the television media that his client and others beat a man to death.
  • Appointed by a Federal Judge as lead counsel for indigent client charged with Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Armed Extortion, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary While Armed, Obstruction of Justice, Cruelty to Children, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Mr. McCool’s client on all charges, except a lesser burglary offense and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.