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The Benefit Of Sealing A Criminal Record

A criminal conviction can remain on your permanent record for the rest of your life. But some offenses, however, can be removed from your criminal record (expunged). It is necessary to have to have a very good reason to support the request — it is preventing you from obtaining a job, finding a place to live, or going to school to further your education and better your life.

Expungement does not mean the record is entirely clean. What it means is that those who perform background checks, such as employers and landlords, cannot see the crime. Law enforcement will always be able to see the records on your criminal record.

Do Charges Show Up On A Criminal Record?

Yes they can, even if the charges were ultimately dismissed or you were acquitted. In fact, there are a number of things that can show up on your record that include:

  • Name of the court that dismissed charges or handed down the conviction
  • The date of the dismissal or conviction
  • Details regarding the sentence served
  • Other relevant details

Because this information is public information, anyone who does a background check will see all of the above information. This makes moving forward with your life quite difficult.

What Cannot Be Expunged?

There are certain serious crimes that cannot be expunged. They include sex crimes, many crimes of violence and DUI/DWI.

Expunging a record can be very difficult, however, Bruce Rivers can help you build a case that meets the required burdens in the statute and allows you to get on with your life.

If a negative mark on your criminal record is causing problems that have prevented you from moving forward seek legal help now. Call the Rivers Law Firm, P.A., at 612-915-0355 or send an email to learn if a past criminal charge or conviction might be eligible for expungement.