Overview Description

Records relating to an arrest or charge that terminated without conviction may be sealed by the court on the grounds of actual innocence. D.C. Code § 16-802.

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. For specific procedure, see D.C. Code §§ 16-801 et seq.


No statutory language.


The person is restored to pre-arrest status and need not disclose the arrest or charge in response to any inquiry. D.C. Code § 16-802(i).

Waiting Periods

There is no statutory language as to any waiting period.

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