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

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.?

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.

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

D.C. Superior Court Sign - Where to Pay Fees

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.

Can I represent myself at a CPO hearing in DC?

D.C. skyline representing CPO hearing

Yes. You have the right to represent yourself in a legal matter. In fact, although virtually all defendants in a criminal case will be represented by a lawyer, parties at most restraining order hearings are acting pro se; that is, they are representing themselves.

What should I bring with me to a CPO hearing in D.C.?

Washington DC Memorials re: CPO hearing

Although it is often helpful to have physical evidence to corroborate your version of events, the only thing you absolutely need to bring to a restraining order hearing in D.C. is yourself.

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.

Presenting your best self at a virtual hearing

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

I am nosy. I am also a snob. I am curious what people choose to display in the background behind them during virtual hearings.

An interloper on the SCTLA listserv

D.C. criminal defense attorney

The judge issues the order on the very same day that I complain publicly on the SCTLA listserv. On a Saturday. After sitting on the motion for over 9 months.