Expungement

Many people are not aware of the affect that an arrest can have on their lives. Even if their arrest was not followed by formal charges, or their case was dismissed, or they were found not guilty, the record of the initial arrest and of the court case will remain on their criminal record. Such records contribute to an individuals judicial and non-judicial criminal records, which are available to the public. A record of a criminal arrest can have adverse, long term effects on someones life, such as affecting their ability to seek employment or apply for housing. One of the only ways to effectively protect yourself from the negative effects of an arrest record is by contacting a competent lawyer who can potentially expunge the record of the arrest.

Details of Expungement

An arrest could remain on your record indefinitely and could affect many aspects of your life, such as your ability to receive loans or promotions. Anybody with a record of criminal arrests can benefit from pursuing an expungement of that record. Some of the details concerning expungement are as follows:

  • Not everyone qualifies to have their record expunged or sealed
  • Individuals are required to submit a petition of expungement that must be approved by the court
  • Judicial and non-judicial criminal records are available to the public
  • Although a criminal arrest record can be unfortunately disruptive, taking the time to address the situation and work to expunge or seal the arrest could alleviate the burdens of such a record

Legal Options

If you are worried about or struggling with the effects of a criminal arrest record, you should consider petitioning to have the arrest sealed or expunged. It may be in your best interest to contact a qualified expungement attorney, who can help you determine if you qualify for an expungement and can help you file a petition.