We all worry when it comes down to our permanent record because this dictates what jobs we can get, what colleges we can get into, and even if we’re able to apply for permits or adoption. An expungement is a way to get a fresh start in life and seal away or hide that permanent record from the view of possible employers, schools, and other businesses where your record is important.
What is an expungement?
Also called an expunction, an expungement is a court-ordered process under which the legal record of an arrest or conviction is sealed. This process is also sometimes termed as “setting aside a criminal conviction” and varies depending on where the arrest or conviction occurred.
What does an expungement do?
An expungement seals away or erases a person’s criminal record in the eyes of the public. This means that when filling out an employment application or rental application for instance, that you would not need to disclose any arrests or convictions have been expunged. While an expungement prevents the public from being able to view your criminal record, certain government and law enforcement agencies may have access to it regardless and would be able to use it in the event of a future charge or conviction.
Why do I want an expungement?
An expungement gives you a clean slate so to speak, in which to apply for employment, college, and other instances where the disclosure of a criminal record is requested and prevent the discrimination that occurs when a criminal record is revealed.
Everyone makes mistakes. A good expungement attorney can help you recover from those mistakes and take back your life. The McClenney Law Group is here to help you know and understand your rights and help you own your life again. Call us today for a consultation.