Criminal Record Expungement Video
Today I am going to explain how this process works. Expungement means to clean or erase a part of your criminal record. Everyone wants a clean record because whether you’re applying for a new job, a promotion or trying to get into a new school, your record follows you wherever you go, but not every case is expungeable and very specific rules apply.
Some cases are expungeable immediately while others require a wait of two years or even five years. Still, others can never be expunged such as cases that resulted in a conviction although some exceptions apply, but if it turns out your case isn’t expungeable you still might be able to seal it. Sealing doesn’t hide your record quite as much but every little bit helps.
In order to expunge your record specific forms must be carefully filled out, filed with the court along with filing fees that must be paid to the circuit court clerk and to the state police. Sometimes it’s necessary to appear in front of a judge and sometimes it’s not depending on which county the papers must be filed in. Also, depending on where the papers are filed this process may take a few months or longer to complete.
Expungement is an investment in your future and well worth doing if you qualify. Because everyone’s’ criminal record is different it is usually a good idea to have an experienced attorney examine your record before you begin.
If you have any questions about expungement or any other matter, feel free to call me any time. This has been Mitch Sexner of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC.