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Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement Support is available.

For help with sealing or expunging your criminal record, please call to speak with the Duty Day lawyer, or visit us at one of the addresses listed below:

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS)
2nd Floor Reception Area
633 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20004
Tel: (202) 628-1200
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (excluding federal and District holidays)

PDS’s Community Defender Division
1442 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
2nd Floor
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: (202) 824-2801
Walk-in Hours: CDD is moving!  Walk-in hours will resume on Friday, October 6, 2017.  Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding federal and District holidays), or call to make an appointment.

Click here to learn about CDD’s services, locations, and hours of operation.

Review this list of ineligible misdemeanors if, after viewing the video, you think  Section 10-803 “Other Cases” applies to you.

List of Ineligible Misdemeanors
Under Subsection C of Section 803
(Record Sealing)

  1. Interpersonal violence (D.C. Code § 16-1001(6)(B) only); intimate partner violence; and intrafamily violence.  (Generally, any crime, including threats, assault, destruction of property, burglary, etc., where the defendant and complainant (alleged victim) had a particular relationship with each other.  See below for explanations of the specific relationship definitions.) 
  2. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence and/or operating while impaired.
  3. A misdemeanor offense that required you to register as a sex offender.
  4. Criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult
  5. Interfering with access to a medical facility
  6. Possession of a pistol by a convicted felon
  7. Failure to report child abuse
  8. Refusal or neglect of guardian to provide for child under 14 years of age
  9. Disorderly conduct (peeping tom)
  10. Misdemeanor sexual abuse
  11. Violating the Sex Offender Registration Act
  12. Violating child labor laws
  13. Election/petition fraud
  14. Public assistance fraud
  15. Trademark counterfeiting
  16. Attempted trademark counterfeiting
  17. Fraud in the second degree
  18. Attempted fraud
  19. Credit card fraud
  20. Attempted credit card fraud
  21. Misdemeanor insurance fraud
  22. Attempted insurance fraud
  23. Telephone fraud
  24. Attempted telephone fraud
  25. Identity theft, second degree
  26. Attempted identity theft
  27. Fraudulent statements or failure to make statements to employee
  28. Fraudulent withholding information or failure to supply information to employer
  29. Fraud and false statements
  30. False statement/dealer certificate
  31. False information/registration
  32. No school bus driver’s license
  33. False statement on DMV document
  34. No permit – 2nd or greater offense
  35. Altered title
  36. Altered registration
  37. No commercial driver’s license
  38. A violation of building and housing code regulations
  39. A violation of the Public Utility Commission regulations
  40. Attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the above offenses.

Interpersonal violence (§16-1001(B) only) – Any criminal offense committed or threatened to be committed against someone who is or was married, in a domestic partnership with, divorced or separated from, or in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with another person who is or was married to, in a domestic partnership with, divorced or separated from, or in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with the defendant.  (Bottom line – any crime committed against your current or former spouse, domestic partner or girlfriend/boyfriend OR any crime committed against the current spouse, domestic partner or girlfriend/boyfriend of your former spouse, domestic partner or girlfriend/boyfriend.  In other words, a crime committed against an ex-girlfriend OR against the ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend is considered “interpersonal violence.”

Intimate partner violence – Any criminal offense or threatened to be committed against a current or former spouse or against a current or former domestic partner or against a current or former person with whom you were in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship.

Intrafamily violence – Any criminal offense committed or threatened to be committed against a person related to you by blood, adoption, legal custody, marriage or domestic partnership, or with whom you have a child in common.