Offenses that have been decriminalized (for example, the possession of a small amount of marijuana) present one of the most promising options for sealing or expunging a criminal record in Washington, D.C.
D.C. Code § 48-904.01(e) provides for the expungement of a drug case in Washington, D.C. upon the successful completion of pre-sentence probation.
I always have the best intentions after attending a good CLE. Returning to my office with a binder full of great information, I have every intention of reading through all the materials that were just referenced during the… Read More
There are certain reference materials that are essential to a law practice. In the case of a criminal defense practice in D.C., for example, you could not get by without the D.C. crimes code, jury instructions, rules of… Read More
With first-time offender treatment in D.C. generally restricted to marijuana possession, prosecutors frequently offer consideration under Section 48-904.01(e) of the D.C. Code as an alternative to taking a case to trial. Depending on the case, treatment under the… Read More
Disorderly conduct is a really annoying charge. The first problem is that the offense is usually so broad and poorly defined that it is too easy for police to charge and too easy for the government to prove… Read More
I used to hire a particular expert witness in Philadelphia on drug distribution cases, a guy named David Leff. Leff was so good — that is, he had so much credibility with judges — that I rarely had… Read More
A defendant can in some cases be convicted of a criminal offense in Washington, D.C. for doing nothing more than possessing a particular object or substance. According to D.C. law, for example, it is illegal to possess marijuana,… Read More
There are two basic drug offenses in the District of Columbia: (1) drug possession, and (2) drug dealing. Today’s entry will deal with the misdemeanor offense of drug possession. The crime of drug possession requires: (1) knowing or… Read More
Sometimes, after the pre-trial motions have been litigated and any plea bargaining negotiations have been concluded, a defendant needs to have his or her day in court. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a jury trial for… Read More