The criminal justice system can be unforgiving, often leaving individuals with at least one conviction. In today’s society, where past mistakes can have enduring consequences, it’s crucial to explore avenues like expungement to mitigate the impact of a criminal history.
Expungement is a legal process wherein a Judge seals a case, removing it from public information databases. The primary goal of expungement is to clean up an individual’s record. A successful expungement implies that, for all practical purposes, the person is considered never to have been charged with the crime. This clean slate allows individuals to answer “no” when asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime.
Key Principles of Expungement:
- A single conviction can be expunged after three years.
- Multiple convictions trigger a ten-year waiting period for all convictions on the record.
- No charges within the last three years are a prerequisite.
- B felonies require a 20-year wait.
Crimes that can be Expunged:
- Class C felonies
- Most marijuana crimes
- Domestic violence crimes
- Most drug crimes
Crimes that cannot be Expunged:
- Driving crimes
- Most sex crimes
- Class A felonies
- Criminal mistreatment of a minor or elderly person
Contact Pedemonte Law for Answers and a Free Estimate:
Given the intricate and lengthy nature of the expungement statute, seeking legal guidance is essential. Pedemonte Law specializes in navigating the complexities of expungement. If you have convictions that you wish to erase, reach out for a quick and accurate assessment. Whether over the phone or in person at our office, we can inform you about the expungability of your case and estimate associated costs. Your path to a clean record starts with a conversation at Pedemonte Law.