Reentry Legal Services, PLLC offers experienced, sophisticated and cost-effective representation concerning all legal aspects of the reentry process. We clearly understand that every case is unique, requiring a tailored approach to meet your goals and objectives. We approach every challenge with a sense of urgency and from the standpoint that every matter is critically important. At the end of the day, we seek to fully restore your rights and privileges, to re-establish your standing in the community and society.
To that end, our practice areas center on the legal issues that most impact the reentry and reintegration process:
In many jurisdictions, local and state law will allow persons with certain criminal backgrounds to limit public access to their criminal records. This process is known as "expungment or record sealing". The new Record Sealing Act in the District of Columbia now provides for far more opportunity to seal certain misdemeanor and felony arrests records and even some misdemeanor convictions. However, the Courts must be petitioned after a case is over; record of these events do not go away automatically after time. Persons who successfully petition the Courts to seal their records, reap substantive benefits, including but not limited to:
- Employers and landlords can not access your records, thereby increasing your marketability in the job market and increasing your chances at securing housing of your choice;
- Creditors can not access your criminal history;
- Your criminal history will be judicially sealed; the general public can not access your records;
- With your criminal history judicially sealed, you can honestly answer "no" to questions regarding your criminal record, in most cases.
Often, the government will seize personal property during the investigation of a criminal matter although the defendant may never be charged. Unless challenged, rights to seized property are typically lost. The Reentry Law Group, PLLC will provide full representation and assistance to re-claim forfeited property.
Civil Rights/Employment Discrimination
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, federal law provides protection against discrimination in employment for protected classes of citizens. Employment discrimination against citizens with criminal histories is common place. We are experienced in handling criminal record employment discrimination cases; you have a right to work.
Sex Offender Registry
Under the federal Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act and the local, D.C. Code, certain provisions allow for challenges to agency determinations that require persons to register as sex offenders. Our attorneys are experienced in bringing effective challenges to such determinations.
D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Act Set-Asides
Persons adjudicated under the D.C. Youth Act may be eligible to have their conviction "set aside" under certain circumstances. If you were convicted under the D.C. Youth Act, you may be eligible to have your matter set aside. Our team will review your case and determine if you are eligible and take the necessary legal steps.
Pardons & Commutations
In the District of Columbia, clients seeking pardons and/or commutation of a sentence must seek executive clemency from the President of the United States under the United States Constitution, Art II, § 2 and U.S.C. §§ 509, 510. Our attorneys will offer full representation and will assist clients step-by-step through the pardon and commutation process.
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