Don’t Let A Criminal Record Hold You Back
If you’ve received a conviction, probation or even a dismissal for a felony or misdemeanor offense, the public record of your arrest can still interfere with your plans long after you’ve served your sentence and paid your fines. Thanks to bias and stereotypes, a criminal record can make it much more difficult to secure a job, find housing, secure a loan or even open a new credit card. This is not how the criminal justice system is supposed to work; once your sentence is complete, you have a right to move on with your life like anyone else.
Fortunately, there are ways to update your criminal record after a certain amount of time has passed, as well as to limit what information is available to the public. At Lewis & Ashworth, PLLC, we will help you identify the remedy that makes the most sense for your specific situation.
Guidance Through The Complex Legal Process
Once we have settled on the appropriate path forward, our attorneys will walk you through the process from start to finish. Updating a criminal record is not a simple process, so it’s important to work an experienced lawyer in order to avoid wasting time and money on improperly filed paperwork and denied requests.
Our attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience in criminal law. We have the experience and insight to help you resolve your legal matter quickly and effectively.
Understanding Your Options
If you’re seeking to manage your criminal record, it’s important to understand your options. In our first meeting, we will help you determine which of the options below is the best option for you.
- Expunction: Also known as expungement, this process is a way to have a past arrest wiped from a criminal record. It is important to note, however, that expunctions are only available under limited circumstances.
- Nondisclosure order: For those seeking to move on from a past conviction, it is possible to request a nondisclosure order. With this option, a past conviction will still remain visible to law enforcement agencies, but the record of the offense will no longer be a public record. This will shield the information from other parties such as potential employers, landlords and creditors. This process is also known as “sealing a record.”