A prosecutor is caught in a lie

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

An Assistant U.S. Attorney has been referred for disciplinary action after being caught misrepresenting facts before a U.S. District Court.

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

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?

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. 

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.

“The man who represents himself has a fool for a client”

fool for a client

The man standing at the bar of the court is a nicely dressed, middle-aged white guy.  He looks like a lawyer.  That’s because, as it turns out, he IS a lawyer.  He is seeking the court’s permission to represent himself. 

Should I enter into a “CPO without admissions” in D.C.?

CPO without admission in D.C.

A person who has been served with a CPO petition in D.C. can enter into a “consent CPO without admissions.” The CPO is granted to the petitioner without a hearing. In exchange, there is no adverse finding of facts against the respondent.

Handling a U.S. Citation Case in D.C. Superior Court

Here is what every lawyer appearing in D.C. Superior Court should know about handling an arraignment for a U.S. citation.

D.C. Superior Court Criminal Calendar: 2019 Judicial Assignments

Felony 1 Calendar Judge Ronna Beck, Room 316 Judge Danya Dayson, Room 318 Judge Craig Iscoe, Room 313 Judge Milton Lee, Room 302 Judge Juliet McKenna, Room 215 Felony 2 Calendar Judge Steven Berk, Room 321 Judge Kimberley… Read More

The Reconstituted CJA Panel in D.C.

 Every four years, D.C. Superior Court re-establishes the panel of criminal defense lawyers who are eligible to accept court appointments.  The first re-establishment occurred in 2010 and the second in 2014. Chief Judge Robert Morin just issued his… Read More

Love Letter to a Prosecutor

Perhaps I should not admit it, but I like the Assistant U.S. Attorneys in D.C. They are generally smart, reasonable and decent people. They know the law. And, like defense attorneys, they are just trying to do the… Read More