Overview Description

Records relating to a criminal offense that has been decriminalized may be sealed by the court at any time. D.C. Code § 16-803.02.

Ineligible Category or Citation

No statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in Superior Court, with service on the prosecutor. If the criteria in section 16-803.02(a)(1) are met, sealing is mandatory; otherwise, it is discretionary. For specific procedure, see D.C. Code §§ 16-803.02 et seq.


No statutory language.


The person need not disclose the arrest, charge, trial, or conviction in response to any inquiry. D.C. Code § 16-803.02(b)(6).

Waiting Periods

There is no statutory language as to any waiting period.

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