Sealing A Criminal Record in DC

Mark Rollins Expungement

Sealing a Record in the District of Columbia Sealing A Criminal Record in DC.  So your lawyer tells you that for whatever the reason the case was no papered or dismissed for want of prosecution.  There are variety reasons (to long for this blog) why a case may not be papered or dismissed by the government(prosecutor) .    When that happens …

Supremes say blow or be arrested

Mark Rollins DUI

Refusal to give Breath Test is a Crime in Some States Now you can see why presidential election is so important as the Supreme Court took another slice out of the 4th Amendment with their recent decision in BIRCHFIELD v. NORTH DAKOTA.  On June 23, 2016 the Court held in Birchfield that drivers suspected of being intoxicated can be arrested for …

Exclusionary Rule when arrest warrant outstanding

Mark Rollins Criminal Law, Resources - 4th Amendment

Exclusionary Rule when arrest warrant outstanding What is the exclusionary rule?  Generally, evidence that is obtained illegally (usually by search and seizure) is not admissible in Court.  This is known as the exclusionary rule. So how does the exclusionary rule apply when there is an arrest warrant outstanding? On Monday, June 20, 2016 the Supreme Court court took another slice …

Do not use my cell phone to track me

Mark Rollins Criminal Law

Do not use my cell phone to track my location Anyone who uses a smart phone realizes that they can be used to track your location.   The Courts throughout the country are divided on whether police may use your phone to track your location.  However,  a good case just came out of Maryland (It should be noted that the …

Provide Expert Notice or Perish

Mark Rollins Criminal Law

The Prosecutor is required to provide expert notice in a criminal case if it plans to use that expert in their case. So my Partner and I started trial at 11:33am and the State called its first witness, a certified K9 dog operator.   According to their K9 dog operator he had the dog do a search and sniff of …