When a criminal offender seeks to have a prior criminal conviction removed from their record, it’s called an expungement proceeding. The “expungements” of the record makes the criminal conviction unavailable through State and Federal searches. If successful, the records can no longer be accessed and no longer appear on a person’s permanent record.
In today’s electronic age, employers look into perspective employees’ backgrounds more than ever. Nearly all criminal records are available for a small fee. In today’s job market a job opening may come down to you and someone else, if you have a criminal record who do you think the employer will hire?
Due to the nature of an expungement there are numerous criteria that must be met in order to qualify for one including, but not limited to:
The crime you were convicted of
The amount of time that has passed since the conviction.
This process can be complicated at times and an experienced attorney is a necessity to assist with the process.