Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Penalties.


§ 7–1207.01. Civil liability.

(a) Except for violations of § 7-1205.05(a), any person who negligently violates the provisions of this chapter shall be liable in an amount equal to the damages sustained by the client plus the costs of the action and reasonable attorney’s fees.

(b) Except for violations of § 7-1205.05(a), any person who willfully or intentionally violates the provisions of this chapter shall be liable in damages sustained by the client in an amount not less than $1,000 plus the costs of the action and reasonable attorney’s fees.

(c) Either party is entitled to trial by jury, upon request.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-136, § 701, 25 DCR 5055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2061.

1973 Ed., § 6-1641.


§ 7–1207.02. Criminal penalties.

(a) Except for violations of subchapter V of this chapter, any person who willfully violates the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and such violator shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 60 days, or both.

(b) Any person who knowingly obtains mental health information from a mental health professional, mental health facility or data collector, under false pretenses or through deception, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-136, § 702, 25 DCR 5055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2062.

1973 Ed., § 6-1642.