In 2018, many Missourians will become eligible for expungement of their criminal records.
Back in 2016, the Missouri Legislature signed into Missouri law a new criminal record expungement rules. Those new criminal record expungement rules allow for expungements of most misdemeanors and many felonies, including drug offenses.
In the past, only very few crimes were eligible for expungement. Expungement is the process of sealing a criminal record. In other words, expungement is the process of sealing a past criminal record from the general public. Under Missouri’s new expungement law, only in rare circumstances would an individual have to disclose an expunged criminal record.
Past criminal records often can exclude someone from being eligible for employment, loans and many government benefits. While the expungement process does not work as a pardon, it does begin to return the individual back to the position they were in before they were arrested for their criminal offense. If you have questions or concerns if a crime is eligible for expungement, please don’t hesitate to contact our office
What is expungement?
Expungement is a court-ordered process in which a legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction is sealed. In other words, if you were asked in the future “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” and the criminal record had been expunged you would be able to answer “no” in most situations.
Eligibility for Expungement
Since an expungement can offer a new start, one of the most important actions that people who have been arrested or convicted can take is to figure out whether or not they are eligible of expungements. Every case has different eligibility requirements for expungement. It’s important that you seek the advice of an attorney to determine whether or not the case is eligible for expungement.
When looking into consulting an attorney about expungement, ask the following questions:
- Is my criminal record eligible for expungement?
- What steps do I need to take in order to expunge my criminal record?
- What would be the benefit of expunging my criminal record?
These three questions can help assist in determining whether or not you are eligible for expungement. If you have any questions or concerns about the expungement process don’t hesitate to contact our office. We will be happy to assist you in making a determination on whether or not you are eligible for expungement under Missouri’s new expungement laws.