Overview Description

Records relating to eligible misdemeanor or felony convictions may be sealed by the court eight years after sentence completion, or sooner if the prosecutor waives the waiting period, so long as the person does not have a disqualifying arrest or conviction. D.C. Code §§ 16-803(c), (e), 16-801(5)–(9).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See subsections (8) and (9) for ineligible offenses. D.C. Code §§ 16-801(8), (9).

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in Superior Court, with service on the prosecutor. For specific procedure, see D.C. Code § 16-803 et seq.

Fees

No statutory language.

Effect

The person need not disclose the arrest in response to any inquiry except when directly questioned for jury service or in an application to an entity specified in D.C. Code §§ 16-803(m), 16-801(11).

Waiting Periods

The petition may be filed eight years after sentence completion, or sooner if the prosecutor waives the waiting period.

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