Having a criminal record makes the future after a conviction difficult, limiting your opportunities and affecting your life for years, even after having corrected your mistake. Employers and landlords may deny someone with a criminal record leaving returning to your normal life an uphill battle. Luckily, in many cases convictions can be expunged from record with the correct lawyer and the correct process. Below is some information about expungement to help you decide if the expungement process can help you resume your normal life.
What is Expungement?
Expungement is a type of lawsuit in which a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks that the records of that earlier process be sealed, thereby making the records unavailable through the state or federal repositories. If successful, the records are said to be “expunged”. The benefit of expungement is that, once expunged, you no longer to need to divulge the conviction to future employers or landlords.
Who is Eligible for Expungement?
A person becoming eligible for expungement is decided on a number of factors including:
- The amount of time that has passed since the conviction
- The severity and nature of the conviction
- If there are any other convictions on the offenders criminal record
- The severity of other events on the offenders criminal record
There is no true expungement in Arizona. However Arizona does allow your conviction to be set aside and deemed dismissed or vacated. Working with a skilled criminal lawyer you can decide if this is an option when it comes to your conviction.
Obtaining the proper attorney is the most important thing to do when beginning the expungement process. If you have a charge that is affecting your life and you would like to have it expunged, Phoenix criminal attorney Josh Blumenreich can provide you with a strong defense to help enforce your rights under the law. Call us at (602) 252-2570 today for your free consultation.