Clearing Your Criminal Record Through Expungement
In the age of the internet and electronic data records, it is very difficult to leave your past in the past. A criminal record can follow you for years to come, impeding your ability to get hired, get into college, qualify for student loans and welfare and even find housing.
Thankfully, there is some relief available in the form of expungement. Individuals who qualify for expungement can have the records of their arrests and convictions hidden from the public. If a job application asks whether an applicant has any criminal convictions, no expunged offenses need to be disclosed.
Below, you’ll find some basic but important information about expungement.
Expungement Does Not Cover All Crimes
Missouri’s expungement law is most helpful to individuals convicted of non-violent, relatively minor offenses. These could include things like drug possession, theft/shoplifting, vandalism and destruction of property, just to name a few. While these are considered “minor” offenses in terms of their associated criminal sentences, having these offenses on your record can make it much more difficult to find a job or secure desirable housing.
Unfortunately, there are many crimes that are not eligible for expungement, including:
- Class A felonies
- Any conviction that requires sex offender registration
- Nearly any felony offense that would be classified as crimes against the person
- Any felony involving death as an element of the offense
- Repeat DWI offenses (first-time DWI convictions can be expunged after 10 years if there have been no repeat offenses in that time)
If you are not sure whether your criminal record qualifies for expungement, give us a call. We would be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.
Why Seek Help From A Lawyer
Seeking expungement is a fairly straightforward process, but one that is filled with opportunities for mistakes and omissions. To ensure that everything goes smoothly and that your records are expunged from all possible agencies, it is wise to work with an attorney like those at our firm.
We will guide you through the entire process and advise you on what can and cannot be expunged, based on the specific facts of your case. We will then take care of the paperwork, court filings and other administrative details for you.
Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Options To Clear Your Criminal Record
The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center serves clients throughout the Kansas City metro area. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us in Belton at 816-318-7943 or send us an email.
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