Judge Gives Defendant Another Chance to Comply with Release Conditions

A DC Superior Court judge gave a defendant another chance to comply with his pretrial release conditions. 

Michael Garvin was charged with carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business in September of 2019. He picked up additional charges for possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition less than a month later.

Garvin, 27, was detained after his initial hearing on Sept. 18, but was released under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) two days later. The following November, he was taken off HISP and ordered to report to the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) once a week.

During the Aug. 31 hearing, a PSA representative said Garvin was not reporting as directed, and the PSA was unable to reach him by phone. He had allegedly been in repeated violation of his release conditions for an extended period of time.

The defendant was unable to contact his case manager earlier this year due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to his defense attorney, Jacqueline Williams. She assured Judge Gerald Fisher that those issues had resolved themselves, and Garvin would be able to stay in contact with his case manager moving forward.

Judge Fisher gave Garvin another chance on pretrial release, saying he must report at least once a week to his case manager. He then scheduled a follow-up hearing for Sept. 30.

According to court documents, Garvin was arrested on Sept. 17, 2019, after Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers stopped him on the 700 block of 18th Street, NE. Officers allegedly found a firearm and ammunition in the front abdomen pocket of his jacket during a pat down of his person, and subsequently placed him under arrest.