Clearing/sealing/expunging a criminal record

October 12, 2020
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Everything you need to know about clearing, expunging or sealing your criminal record in anticipation of background check for employment, adoption, immigration, volunteer opportunity or gun license.

MAGA hat

Nonnie Moore painting

A close relative — someone I have admired my entire life — is photographed wearing a red MAGA hat. It is one of the most upsetting photographs I have ever seen.

The professionalism of D.C. court staff during Covid

October 8, 2020
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Having also practiced in Pennsylvania and Virginia, I have a basis for comparison when I say good things about the system in Washington, D.C.

Fielding general questions on D.C. criminal defense

October 7, 2020
Francie Hester artwork demonstrating criminal defense in DC

I do not charge for free consultations. Nor, as a matter of practice, will I take over representation from another lawyer.

Unsealing your criminal record in Washington, D.C.

October 6, 2020
Person filling out criminal background check

In the limited circumstances in which this is necessary, DC Code §16-806 provides for the unsealing of a criminal record that has previously been expunged/sealed.

Good judge. Bad person.

October 5, 2020

A D.C. Superior Court judge — always one of my favorites — retires abruptly after being accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Remote sites now offered for D.C. court hearings

September 30, 2020
D.C. Superior Court

D.C. Superior Court now offers WIFI and computers for remote access to hearings at 5 locations. Call 202-879-1900 or email

Call me Mr. Reasonable

September 26, 2020
D.C. criminal defense attorney

I suspect that my remote-hearing persona may be more adversarial than my in-person one. And this concerns me: What does this say about me?

This website is plagiarized yet again

September 24, 2020
DC criminal defense lawyer

People really like my webpage on expunging your criminal record in D.C. They like the language so much they keep stealing it.

Bureaucratic delays plague motions to seal

September 3, 2020
criminal record binders

In a cynical attempt to elicit the court’s sympathy, the government blames Covid-19 for its delays in responding to motions to seal criminal records. Bureaucratic incompetence is the true culprit.