We all make mistakes, and it is a shame when those mistakes follow us from young adulthood for our entire lives. Criminal charges that remain on your record can impact your ability to get a job or certain licenses at some future point. One thing you can do to avoid these undesirable consequences is to seek expungement of the charges from your record. Expungement is a legal mechanism that works to seal your record from public view, which gives you a fresh start when job seeking or applying to college.
In order to have a record expunged you must undertake certain steps. Among the steps to have your record expunged are filing a motion for expunction, and presenting evidence in support of that motion. If successful, you can expect these things:
- The notation of the charge will not be publicly visible.
- Certain law enforcement and governmental agencies will still have access to the information.
- An expungement does not mean the charge was never filed, just that it is removed from your criminal history record.
Expungement is beneficial when it is applied appropriately. For example, did you know a DUI conviction will remain on your record for the duration of your life? The conviction does not automatically drop off your criminal history after a certain amount of time, or upon the happening of a certain event. This is why it is critical you make agreements regarding any probation and/or deferred sentence that keeps the conviction of your record or that you seek to have your record cleared. We can help you determine if the things on your record are eligible for expungement, and help you gain freedom from a detrimental criminal record. We understand the requirements for having charges taken off your record and will explain the process to you thoroughly. Our approach is tailored to the specific facts of your case, to ensure the results obtained make sense. This includes providing vital information about the effect an expungement has, because in some cases expungement is not the answer. Before you undertake an action that may or may not yield the desired results call us today for more information.
If you have questions about how to clear your criminal record, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We aggressively defend you and work to maintain your driving privileges. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.