Bureaucratic delays plague motions to seal

D.C expungement lawyer

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.

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

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

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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.?

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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.

Paying D.C. court costs, fees and fines during Covid-19 pandemic

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With the D..C. Superior Court finance office now closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, courts costs, fines and fees can now be paid online or by mail.

Obtaining a restraining order during the Covid-19 pandemic

Washington DC regarding Restraining Orders during COVID-19

With D.C. Superior Court now closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Civil Protection Orders (CPOs), Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) and other forms of restraining orders must be obtained remotely.

Starting a criminal defense practice after Covid

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The changes now being effected in response to the pandemic — specifically the trend toward on-line hearings — could pose challenges for new lawyers seeking to start criminal defense practices in D.C.

Criminal defense in the Covid era

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We will learn. We will adapt. But as with so many other things in our lives, there will be the pre- and the post-Covid eras. Things will never be the same.

Writing about Covid-19 and the D.C. jail

How do you write about COVID-19 and the D.C. jail without resorting to hyperbole? How do you ask the judge to bend the rules?