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
Artwork

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 DCCourtsRemoteSites@dcsc.gov.

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.

Are criminal records ever truly expunged?

September 2, 2020
Graffiti used to demonstrate expungements from a D.C. criminal defense attorney

Use of the phrase “expungement of a criminal record” suggests that the record in question is truly erased/obliterated such that it no longer exists. Whether this actually happens – both practically-speaking and from a legal standpoint – is a bit more complicated.

DPAs, DSAs and other D.C. diversion programs during Covid

August 20, 2020
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Hearings with respect to DPAs, DSAs and other diversion programs in Washington, D.C. will be postponed because of Covid-19. Although the agreements will remain in effect during this time, the government has discretion to terminate the agreements early.

With exceptions, D.C. Superior Court remains closed

August 18, 2020
DC Superior Court front

D.C. Superior Court remains closed for most purposes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What this means for criminal cases is as follows.

How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect a defendant’s speedy trial rights in D.C.?

August 16, 2020
Jefferson Memorial

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the time between March 18 and November 9, 2020 will be “tolled.” In other words, it will not count when calculating whether a defendant’s speedy trial rights have been violated.