Expunge your RecordDoes a crime you committed in your past follow you around? Has it made it hard for you to get a job, take out a loan or even move into an apartment? You are not alone - having a criminal history can all these problems and more.
Am I a candidate for expungement?
There are a lot of factors that go into making this determination - where did you commit the offense? How old were you at the time? Have you committed any othe crimes since then?
Some states allow felonies and misdemeanors to be expunged while other states limit this to misdemeanors. In some states the only expungements that will be granted are under the terms that you committed the crimes as a juvenile.
The process of expungement can be a long painful process - we recommend that you find a local attorney who specializes in your state's laws to find out what options are available to you. They will be able to analyze your case and give you a recommendation on your chances of success.
Is expungement the only way?
If you are not eligible for expungement you can always try for a pardon from the governor. Keep in mind, however, that these are very rare and usually offered only under extreme circumstances (for instance, when your charge was politically motivated and an outgoing governor wants to do you a favor).
Expungement is a great blessing to somebody who has a one-time charge on their record. It allows somebody to move on with their life, which is really better for tax payers in the end. They becoming functioning, contributing members of society instead of dead-weight supported by the state.