Can I expunge a criminal record for simple assault?

April 12, 2019

A criminal record for simple assault in D.C. can be sealed either immediately on the grounds of actual innocence or after two years in the interests of justice.  A conviction for simple assault can be sealed after eight years…. Read More

On finding out people have been plagiarizing this website

April 7, 2019

My website is making its comeback on Google. But I am troubled to find that people have been plagiarizing the site — in one case, whole paragraphs were lifted from my site and reproduced on someone else’s.

Will I have a criminal record after being arrested for prostitution in D.C.?

Criminal Record for Prostitution Arrest

Everyone who has been arrested for a criminal offense in Washington, D.C. has some type of criminal record.  This would include being arrested for prostitution/sexual solicitation. 

Patience. Not drama.

April 4, 2019

At a recent trial, I called my client’s mother as our only witness.  I regretted this almost immediately. We had interviewed her. We had subpoenaed her. We had prepared her. And I should have left her sitting in the hall outside the courtroom as I rested my case.

How long does it take to seal/expunge a criminal record?

April 1, 2019
expunging a criminal record

The process after filing normally takes four to six months after filing in D.C. This includes a 60-day period for the government to respond.

Can you seal/expunge a felony?

March 30, 2019
expunge felony in dc

The first option for sealing a felony arrest in D.C. would be to file a motion immediately on the grounds of actual innocence under D.C. Code § 16-802.  The second option would be to wait two years to file it under D.C. Code § 16-803. 

What happens when a criminal record is expunged or sealed?

March 29, 2019
expunged dc criminal record

The court will typically order all relevant prosecuting offices, law enforcement agencies, and pretrial, corrections or community supervision agencies to remove all publicly available records that the person was arrested, charged and/or convicted in the case.

On “skyscraper pages” and Google

March 28, 2019

Tyler tells me to be patient. A couple of months ago I complained about how my Google rankings have tanked, and Tyler Suchman – my website guy from Tribalcore– has been working with me to try to reverse the trend. 

The difference between expunging and sealing a criminal record

March 27, 2019
sealed criminal records

“Expungement” of a criminal record suggests that it is destroyed, thereby restoring the person to the position he/she occupied before the arrest. “Sealed” records still exist. They are just hidden from public view.

Can you get in trouble for sending dirty pictures of someone?

March 20, 2019
revenge porn legal issue

Yes.  Most jurisdictions now have some form of a law to deal with the issue of “nonsensual pornography” (also known as “revenge porn”). There are three forms of the criminal offense in Washington, D.C.