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What is Expungement?

Having a criminal record could make it difficult for those to move forward in life. When applying for jobs or for rental property, employers and landlords will ask if you have ever been convicted or arrested for a crime. Chances are, if you say “Yes”, you won’t get hired for the job and landlords will not rent to you.

Having a criminal record might even keep you from qualifying for a loan or getting into college. Although you have a criminal record that may deter you from moving on with your life, not all hope is lost. With help from an expungement lawyer, you may be able to get an arrest or conviction expunged from your record.

What is Expungement?

Expungement refers to the legal process in which a criminal conviction, charge or arrest is erased from your record. Almost every state has enacted laws that allow people with a criminal record to expunge their convictions and arrests from their record.

Details for expungement can vary from state to state, so it would be wise to hire an expungement lawyer to help with your case and ensure better results. But once a conviction or arrest has been expunged, it doesn’t need to be disclosed. So whether you are applying for a job or for a rental home, and the employer, or landlord, ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, you can honestly answer, “No”.

Though expunging criminal charges may seem straightforward, it could be a complicated process that often requires the legal expertise of an expungement lawyer to get the best results possible. But it is all worth it. When you clear your record of any blemishes, you can gain back control of your life, look past your mistakes and start a fresh, new chapter in your life.

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