Judges are human

D.C. criminal defense attorney

The judge does not say: I am not willing to take your word for this, and I need to have a law clerk check this out. What he says instead: It is time for lunch. We will pass this matter until 2:00 pm.

Dealing with the crazies in C10

D.C. criminal defense attorney

With almost 100 people making their way through arraignment court every day, it is inevitable that there will be a melt-down or two. After all, we are dealing with people who are finishing what for many of them will be the worst day of their lives.

I like Mr. Williams

D.C. criminal defense attorney

There are tons of criminal defense lawyers eager to tell their war stories. But how many people have been acquitted of a felony criminal offense?

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.