Sealing Records

Sealing Records 

Criminal record sealing is governed by D.C. Code §§ 16–801 - 16–805. The two methods of sealing a criminal record are claims of actual innocence, governed by § 16-802, and all other eligible cases, governed by § 16-803. 

Claims of Actual Innocence: A motion filed under claims of actual innocence obviously requires that the movant was not convicted of the case he/she seeks to seal. The burden of proof the movant must meet depends on the number of years that have passed since the date the case ended.

​Motions other than Claims of Actual Innocence: Other than claims of actual innocence, all other motions to seal an arrest record are filed under § 16–803. Both the movant and the arrest record must qualify to be sealed.

If you want to seal your arrest record, call us now at (202) 816-7125! With an experienced criminal attorney by your side, Wagner PLLC will fight to give you that fresh start.

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