I hired Mr. Norris to help me when the DC govt. tried to make me register as a sex offender.
I has pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure in another jurisdiction and when I moved my probation case to DC, where I reside, the DC probation office (CSOSA) said I needed to register, despite the fact that I was not made to register in Maryland where the offense occurred and where I stood trial.
Mr. Norris took on my case and immediately reached out to the DC general counsel, arguing the facts of my conviction did not support DC's contention that it was a registration-level offense. He argued that the information from court documents and the original police report was not sufficient to conclude it was a registration offense in DC. While DC sought a trial transcript from my case in Maryland to see if it would support me having to register in DC, the case appeared to have dropped as neither Mr. Norris nor myself heard from DC -- for three years! In the intervening time, I had completed my probation and my original conviction was thrown out in the form of a probation before judgement (PBJ) granted by the court in Maryland.
Three years later, after I had moved on with my life and put my legal troubles behind me, I was contacted by CSOSA telling me I still needed to register and if I failed to do so an arrest warrant would be issued. The fact that they sat on this for so long before revisiting the issue and telling me I needed to register remains something of a mystery. I it was a bureaucratic snag and miscommunication on CSOSA's end that resulted in such a protracted delay before the dredged the case back up (since the ball was left in their court 3 years prior and they never responded).
I reached back out to Mr. Norris who immediately recalled the details of my case and took action. I did have to report to register in order to avoid arrest, but Mr. Norris filed a motion to challenge the registration, arguing that A) the charge I initially pleaded guilty to did not meet the standards of a registration-level offense in DC and that B) regardless of the plea, the conviction that was the basis of any registration requirement had since been rendered nonexistent upon my PBJ determination - and DC Code is clear that if a conviction is reversed or vacated a person cannot be made to register. The DC general counsel ultimately agreed with Mr. Norris's motion, just days before our scheduled hearing. CSOSA was instructed to remove the registration (which never went public pending our challenge) from their database.
Even when I was subsequently called by CSOSA to sign a letter that I didn't have to register, Mr. Norris insisted that - before I sign it - a paragraph be removed from the letter which stated I still needed to check in with local officials in other jurisdictions if I ever moved, went to school or visited for more than 3 days. CSOSA quickly obliged and removed the paragraph from the letter.
Bottom line: my experience is that Mr. Norris fights hard for his clients. He takes the time to understand the situation and do the research to build a strong case on his clients' behalf. In my case, he showed himself to be a savvy, strong lawyer who is an unrelenting advocate for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows his stuff when it comes to DC criminal law and the ins and outs of the DC legal system. If one is looking for an attorney who will aggressively defend them in DC, I would absolutely recommend Mr. Norris - he's the right person to hire.