What is an Expungement?
An expungement is the process of sealing a record. This can include an arrest, court records, or even a criminal conviction. After an expungement is completed, an arrest/conviction does not need to be disclosed and won’t show up on background checks.
Why should I get one?
Some expungements allow you to legally claim the incident didn’t occur on job and lease applications. With the incident off your record, you won’t have to worry about it coming back to haunt you in the future.
What qualifies for an Expungement?
There are many different cases that qualify for expungement. No one is pre-approved, but here are a few examples:
- The person was arrested and no charges of any type are filed;
- The person was convicted of a misdemeanor offense;
- The person was charged with a misdemeanor, and the charge was dismissed following the successful completion of a deferred judgment or delayed sentence;
- The person has received a full pardon from the Governor.
- The person was charged with a nonviolent felony offense, received a deferred sentence and at lest 5 years have passed since the end of probation;
- Protective orders.
How long does it typically take?
The entire expungement process generally takes between 45-60 days. A petition for expungement is drafted, filed and set for hearing. Then, all interested parties must be notified and a hearing will be held on eligibility. Once the expungement is granted, certified copies of the expungement order are dispersed to the relevant parties directing them to seal the record.
Unsure if you qualify or have more questions about an expungement? Contact our office for a free evaluation.