State Laws

Washington DC Felony


District of Columbia Felonies
Felonies in the District of Columbia are classified as criminal offenses that can have imprisonment sentences of one year or more upon conviction. Only certain crimes are classified as Class A Felonies in the nation's capital. Class A Felonies are the most serious offenses that can receive the most serious of punishments and are the only felonies with classifications. All other crimes are classified into individual statutes that include specific punishments. Felony crimes can include treason, embezzlement, burglary, arson, aggravated battery, espionage, racketeering, robbery, aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, fraud, murder, and grand theft. In contrast to felonies misdemeanors in the District of Columbia carry less severe crimes and less serious punishments. Misdemeanors are classified as crimes that are punishable between five days incarceration and no more than a year in a county jail facility.

District of Columbia Felony Statutes
Class A felonies include murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, kidnapping, manslaughter, sexual assault in the first degree, and child sexual abuse in the first degree. Punishments for this classification can be anywhere between thirty years in a state prison to life in prison. Other felony crimes are broken into groups. Child sexual assault in the second degree is punishable by up to twenty years in a state penitentiary. Sexual abuse in the second degree is punishable by up to twenty years in a state prison. Arson or the burning of one's own property with the intent to injure another individual or with the intent to defraud can receive punishment by up to fifteen years in prison. Sexual assault in the third degree can receive up to ten years of imprisonment for a single sentence. Child sexual assault in the third degree can be punished by up to ten years in a state prison. Attempted robbery offenses can have convictions of up to three years of incarceration in a state facility. Robbery is punishable by a conviction between two and fifteen years of imprisonment.

District of Columbia Expungement
Expungement in the District of Columbia is defined as the clearing of a criminal record. This allows only the proper authorities to have access to the files and denies access to the public and law enforcement. However these files still exist for extraneous circumstances, like further cases and government application. If a person is on trial for another conviction, the expunged filed can be reopened and used as a prior offense to increase the punishment. When an individual is running for public office or applying for the United States military, the proper authorities will have review access to the expunged files. Expungement allows a restart of life and allows deserving individuals the ability to apply for employment, apply for financial aid for college, obtain housing, and seek state licensing without past records as a hindrance.

Not all past convictions or arrests are eligible for expungement. An individual must have successfully completed probation without any violations to apply. Those who are still on probation may have their attorneys motion for early probation termination where afterward expungement can be petitioned.

See also:
Washington DC Bankruptcy