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

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

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. 

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

CPO in DC Court

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?

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?

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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.

The difference between expunging and sealing a criminal record

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.

“Nobody read me my rights”

When are police required to read you your rights? The answer actually is never.  That is, not unless the suspect is in custody and is being subjected to interrogation (hence the term “custodial interrogation”) and only then if police want to use the statements against him in court.

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