Expungement Lawyers Legally Removing Criminal History
For those who have a criminal record, it can feel like you have this stigma hanging around you. A criminal record can make it difficult to get jobs, find housing and even access certain benefits. There is hope for those seeking to clear their records through expungement. Expungement lawyers can assist individuals with clearing felony or misdemeanor convictions from their records so they can start fresh and live free from the stigma of having a criminal history. By working with experienced expungement attorneys, people can legally remove the criminal history that may have held them back for years.
Expungement lawyers understand how important it is to help clients move on from past mistakes and erase any trace of negative activity that could be preventing them from reaching their goals. Through legal research and understanding of state law regarding expungement, these professionals provide valuable insight when attempting to clear your name after being convicted of a crime.
With our assistance, people can file all necessary paperwork correctly and efficiently which helps increase their chances for success when applying for expungement. The lawyers at The Redwine Law Firm understand the importance of a clean criminal record and are dedicated to helping clients have their records cleared. Call (214) 444-7703 to speak to a reliable legal advocate at our firm.
What is Expungement?
Expungement, sometimes referred to as expunction, is the process of asking a court to seal or destroy criminal records. When an individual’s criminal record is expunged, it means that all the information associated with their conviction and arrest is no longer accessible to the public, employers, or other organizations. The process of sealing or destroying these records can be complex, which is why many turn to lawyers experienced in this type of law for help.
To have a criminal record sealed or destroyed through expungement, individuals must meet certain criteria outlined by each state’s laws. Generally speaking, they must not have any pending charges against them, they must have completed all the terms of their sentence or probation, and they must not have any new charges on their record.
After these criteria are met, the individual can file a petition for expungement with the court. The petition must include all relevant information about the conviction and any related court proceedings. The individual must also submit proof that they completed all the terms of their sentence or probation.
Once the petition is filed, the court will review it and decide whether or not to grant the expungement. If the petition is granted, all associated criminal records are sealed or destroyed and can no longer be accessed by the public or employers.
What Crimes Qualify for Expungement?
The first step in determining whether you qualify for expungement is to understand what crimes are eligible for. Generally, misdemeanors and felonies can both be eligible for expungement if certain criteria are met. Misdemeanors generally include less serious offenses such as petty theft, drug possession, disorderly conduct, and other minor offenses. Felonies typically involve more serious charges such as murder, rape, assault with a deadly weapon, and armed robbery.
In some states, the types of crimes that are eligible may vary according to individual circumstances or the age of the offender at the time of the offense. It’s important to check your state laws to see which type of offenses may be considered for expungement because it can vary from state to state.
Some offenses are considered “non-expungable”, meaning they cannot be removed or sealed from your criminal record. Examples of such offenses include violent crimes, sexual offenses, kidnapping, and certain types of fraud. It is important to check with a lawyer to find out which offenses are not eligible for expungement.
There may be other requirements that must be met for an offense to qualify for expungement. For example, some states may require that the offender has stayed out of trouble for a certain time, or that the offense is not related to any other offenses. It is important to discuss your circumstances with a lawyer from our team to determine whether you may qualify for expungement.
How Does Expunging a Criminal Offense Benefit Me?
Having a criminal record can have serious consequences on your future. It can limit your ability to find employment, receive financial aid for education, or access certain housing opportunities. Individuals may be able to clear their records through the legal tool of expungement.
Legally erasing an offense from a person’s criminal record involves filing an expunction petition. An expunction will force public and private organizations to delete any electronic references to your arrest and to destroy any hard copies of those documents.
Expunging a criminal offense can provide individuals with the opportunity to move on from their past and make new beginnings without the stain of having a criminal record. It also helps protect people from possible discrimination in areas such as employment, education opportunities, and housing options. Lastly, it gives people peace of mind knowing that they do not have an ongoing criminal history present when they apply for jobs or enter into other professional relationships.
Our lawyers are familiar with the various state laws applicable to expunging records and can provide valuable advice about how best to pursue this option for clearing up one’s legal history.
How can The Redwine Law Firm Help me Expunge My Criminal Record?
The Redwine Law Firm excels in expungement law, helping individuals remove criminal convictions from their records. Whether you’re looking to secure a job, pursue higher education, or just want to restore your rights and privileges as an American citizen, we can help.
To begin the process of expungement, your attorneys will discuss the specifics of your situation with you. They’ll review any relevant documents of your case and advise which steps need to be taken for removal from the official record. Next, we will aid in the filing of paperwork on your behalf, requesting that the conviction(s) be expunged.
The attorneys at The Redwine Law Firm have extensive experience handling even the most complicated cases. We understand that every situation is unique and requires careful attention and dedication. With our team by your side, you can rest assured knowing that your case is in good hands. Our goal is to achieve your goals. Call (214) 444-7703 for a free consultation today!