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What Defines a Criminal Record in Washington DC?

A criminal record is an official document that records a person’s criminal history. The information is assembled and updated from trial courts, courts of appeals as well as correctional facilities. While the standard for criminal record collection and storage varies from county to county, a large percentage of criminal records in D.C are stored in public online record depositories.

The amount of criminal records information presented on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person as well as what resources used to collect the information. Different sources often have non-standardized state level protocols, storage classifications, requirements, organization and digitization processes. Criminal records in the District of Columbia generally include the following subjects.

What are Arrest Records in Washington DC?

An arrest record is an official document providing information about a person being questioned, apprehended, taken into custody, or placed in detention. You may also be held for investigation and/or charged with, indicted or tried for any felony, misdemeanor or other offense by any law enforcement or military authority. In the District of Columbia, a person arrested once they commit a misdemeanor amounting to a minor of an act as a breach of the peace or they commit a felony where there are reasonable grounds to believe they committed the crime.

What are Arrest Warrants in Washington DC?

An arrest warrant is an official document that is issued by a judge or magistrate on behalf of the local and state jurisdictions, which authorizes a police officer to arrest or detain the person or people named in the warrant or to search and seize the individual’s property. In the District of Columbia, the police can arrest a person for committing a crime without an arrest warrant, 23–581. Arrests without warrant by law enforcement officers. This might happen only the cases when a person commits the crime in an officer’s presence.

What are Misdemeanors in Washington DC?

A misdemeanor is a non-indictable offense and is generally less severe than felonies. However, like felonies, a misdemeanor charge is categorized into classes. This system describes the alleged crime's severity. In the District of Columbia, misdemeanors specify as Class A, B, C, or D; or they are unclassified. If a crime is vague, the punishment classifies in the statute defining the crime. The punishment can vary from 30 days for Class D misdemeanors to one year for a Class A misdemeanor.

What are Felonies in Washington DC?

Felony offenses in the District of Columbia refer to criminal convictions with a maximum sentence of more than 1 year. Inmates serve this conviction in a county jail or state prison. In some cases, a felony conviction can even be punished by death. Felonies are capital felonies, or Class A, B, C, or D felonies; or they are unclassified, 18 U.S. Code § 3559 - Sentencing classification of offenses.

If a felony specifies, the sentence will specify in the criminal statute. Different sentencing laws apply for crimes committed in Connecticut before July 1, 1981, but these days unclassified felonies are judges according to the seriousness of the crime and its cost.

What is a Sex Offender Listing in Washington DC?

A sex offender listing is a registry of persons convicted of committing a sex crime that is often accessible by the public. In most cases, jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. Judges are given discretion as to whether they must register for crimes besides the charges listed under the sex offender registration law.

What is Megan's Law in Washington DC?

Megan's Law is the term for state laws that create and keep up a sex offender registry, which provides information on registered sex offenders to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon after passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government requires that all states set up sex offender registries and offer the public with information about those registered.

The District of Columbia requires, under the law Sex Offender Registry, any person convicted or found guilty of committed a sexually violent offense must register in three days. Also, the law in the District of Columbia sets the time for sex registration, a 10-year registration after conviction and release into the community for nonviolent and crimes against a minor victim. Lifetime registration after conviction and release into the community for crimes defined as a sexually violent offense or for any person convicted of the crime requiring registration who has a prior conviction of any such offense.

What are Serious Traffic Violations in Washington DC?

A serious traffic violation tends to involve willful disregard for public safety, death, serious bodily injury, damage to property. If convicted of a traffic violation, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles will add points to your driving record. If the number of accumulated points is 10 then the driver's license will be suspended for a 30-day period without the right to abrogate it.

What are Conviction Records in Washington DC?

A conviction record is an official document providing information that a person was found guilty, pleaded guilty or pleaded no contest against criminal charges in a civilian or military court. These criminal charges may be classified as a felony, misdemeanor or other offense. Conviction includes a person judged as a delinquent or has been less than honorably discharged or placed on probation, fined, imprisoned or paroled. A criminal conviction is rendered by either a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law. A conviction does not include a final judgment by a pardon, set aside, reversed or otherwise rendered inoperative.

What are Jail and Inmate Records in Washington DC?

Jail and inmate records are official documents of information about a person’s current and sometimes past inmate status. These records often include the inmate’s name, incarceration date, expected release date, convicted offense and sometimes photos.

What are Parole Information in Washington DC?

Parole records are an official document that includes information about the release of a prisoner who agreed to certain conditions before completion of their maximum sentence. While the prisoner is on supervised parole, the board shall need the parole to pay a monthly supervision fee of not less than $30. This is If the board agrees to accept a lower fee after determining the inability of the prisoner to pay. The board may also impose any conditions of parole it deems right. The board ensures the interests of the prisoner and citizens of Connecticut are served.

What are Probation Records in Washington DC?

Probation records are official documents that show when a person receives probation as an alternative to prison. Probation allows people convicted of a crime in the District of Columbia to serve their sentences out of custody, as long as they follow probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer Probation: General Conditions of Release. Issuing the probation in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ (sometimes drastically) from case to case. Probation typically falls into three categories: minimally supervised, supervised and intensive – intensive is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state but that emphasize punishment and control of the offender within the community.

What are Juvenile Criminal Records in Washington DC

A juvenile criminal record is an official record of information about criminal activity committed by children or adolescents who are not yet of legal adult age. Juveniles are not convicted of a crime like an adult but instead are found “adjudicated delinquent.” These criminal records are often mistakenly erased or expunged once a person becomes of legal adult age, but in fact, the record remains unless the person petitions to have it expunged. If a person was found adjudicated delinquent to a criminal offense, they do not have to respond “yes” if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, unless the question specifically asks if they were ever adjudicated delinquent as well.

District of Columbia History and Accuracy of Criminal Records

The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the recordkeeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record was assembled and later digitized. District of Columbia criminal records archives usually tends to go back as far as the 1970s. Criminal and arrest data started to centralize and compiled into an organized database much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past. In the 1990s the quality and accuracy of record-keeping improved exponentially due to computers, so the information provided on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person.

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