IS YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD HOLDING YOU BACK? ARE YOU WORRIED THAT SOMEONE MAY SEE YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY, POSSIBLY AN EMPLOYER?
Then consider having your record sealed or expunged. Although not a difficult process, sealing or expunging your record can take approximately 6-9 months. Usually there is no court appearance required. There is, however, some paperwork involved.
A Record Sealing will hide the record from the public, whereas a Record Expungement is where all records concerning the arrest are physically destroyed as if it never happened.
TO QUALIFY FOR EITHER, AN INDIVIDUAL MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ANY CRIME ANYWHERE, INCLUDING THE RECORD THE INDIVIDUAL IS TRYING TO SEAL/EXPUNGE.
You can have multiple arrests, and even multiple charges stemming from one arrest, however, there must not be a conviction on any of them (they must have been dropped, abandoned, or adjudication withheld).
If the charge you are trying to get rid of resulted in an “adjudication withheld,” then this record qualifies for a sealing. If, however, the charge you are trying to get rid of resulted in it being “dropped/abandoned,” then this record qualifies for an expungement.
If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for a sealing or expungement please don’t hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation.