If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be wondering if there is any way to get your criminal record expunged. This process can be complicated, but it may benefit you in the long run.
What are the requirements and the process for having your criminal record expunged?
The benefits of expungement
If you have ever been arrested or charged with a crime, you have a criminal record, even if you weren’t convicted. Expungement is the process of legally erasing criminal records so that they are no longer accessible to the public. The benefits of expungement include improved employment prospects, access to better living arrangements, higher education opportunities and the ability to secure a loan.
In order to have a record expunged, the individual must first meet specific requirements:
- They were arrested or charged with a felony or misdemeanor but not convicted.
- If convicted, their conviction must meet certain conditions, such as having the conviction reversed, vacated or pardoned.
- They had a sentence for court supervision and 2-5 years have passed since the completion of the sentence (depending on the criminal charge)
- They are over the age of 25 and were charged with Reckless Driving and there are no other convictions on record.
If you have a criminal record that you want to expunge, you will need help understanding your legal options and the best course of action for your specific situation. Expungement is a complex legal process, so you will want to work with someone familiar with the laws to increase your chances of success.