If you have previously been convicted of a serious crime or have been arrested in connection with one, you may be able to have your record expunged. An expungement “erases” your record in the eyes of the law and gives you a clean slate.
An expungement effectively “seals” your record, allowing only certain government parties to have access to it. In many cases, the person would no longer need to disclose the arrest or conviction on items such as job applications and housing applications. The expunged record can still be considered as a prior conviction or arrest when a new conviction or arrest is assessed.
An Expungement is never guaranteed and may be denied solely on policy. It also may not always be available.
Several factors are considered, including:
- The amount of time that has passed since the conviction or arrest;
- The severity of the crime for which the expungement is sought;
- Additional convictions or arrest and the severity of those in the offender’s files.
If you would like to pursue an expungement of your record, contact the law offices of Chavers & Guhl LLP today. With more than 30 years experience between us, we can lead you through the process and effectively fight for your expungement.