With so much information readily available online, having a criminal record can have far more of an impact on a one's life than it would have in the past. Criminal records have always been public information, but previously it was not easy for a potential employer to look through court records to determine whether a job applicant had a criminal record. Today, criminal court records are indexed into vast online databases that can be searched by name and date of birth. A potential employer, licensing agency or other organization may conduct a background check of any applicant in a matter of seconds.
Looking for a way to clear your criminal record? Expungement may be just what you are looking for. Record clearance is a key part of our criminal defense practice, and an attorney at our firm can discuss your options with you in order to help you get a fresh start.
What is expungement?
Expungement is a legal process wherein a person petitions to have a conviction essentially removed from his or her criminal record. The record is not destroyed entirely and may still be accessed by government agencies when considering a job applicant or in sentencing requirements for convictions in the future. However, the general public will not have access to this information and prospective employers will be barred from using it against an applicant in making hiring decisions. An applicant may also legally answer "no" if asked on an application whether he or she has a criminal record.
Interested in finding out whether you may qualify for expungement? Schedule a consultation with a lawyer at our law offices and you can find out whether you may be able to file a petition. This can be a complex process, so it is important to have a lawyer to guide you through to a swift and successful resolution.