Expungements are most often seen in DUI charges, but can be used in a variety of criminal offenses, such as theft, fraud, firearm offenses, drug crimes, arson and juvenile crimes. Many people seek expungements to free themselves from societal oppression and the stigma that is attached to their crime. In addition to expungements, there are also post-conviction and other criminal appeals you can explore if you have been accused of or convicted of a crime. Post-conviction appeals can be complicated, which is why you should always have an experienced criminal attorney on your side. Despite the possibility of getting an expungement, being accused of a criminal offense is a very serious situation and should not be taken lightly.
When It’s Not an Option
Not all states and counties allow expungements for arrests and criminal convictions. Depending on the jurisdiction in which the arrest or conviction took place, expungement:
- May not be available at all.
- May be available for arrests, however, not for convictions.
- May be allowed only for particular criminal convictions.
- May be an option only for those convictions happening while the person was a juvenile.
- May be allowed only after a person is acquitted and charges are dismissed.
- May be an option only after a criminal conviction has been reversed.
Even those jurisdictions that indeed offer expungement of criminal records, each one has its own specific guidelines that must be met. Sometimes, the prosecutor’s office must approve an expungement request. Other times, the offender has to wait a certain period of time prior to expungement application. Any of these can delay or obstruct the process of expungement — yet another reason you need an attorney by your side.
Contact D&N Law Group in Irving TX
To talk to someone about expungement in your criminal case, please contact us here at D&N Law Group for a free consultation today. Whether you can expunge or seal your criminal records will depend greatly on the laws of your jurisdiction, or the place in which you were arrested or convicted. Expungement is indeed a powerful tool that can pose many advantages for you to reclaim your life, so please don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your case.