A new law set to take effect on July 1, 2012 allows for the Expungement of certain low level Felony cases and a wide variety of misdemeanors. Under this new law many people will no longer suffer the stigma of being denied a job due to a criminal conviction. Likewise, many people will have their gun rights restored upon their criminal conviction being expunged.
Examples of some of the Felony convictions that may be expunged under the new law are:
- Fraudulent use of credit cards
- Worthless checks
- Burglary of an automobile
- Evading arrest in a motor vehicle
- Failure to appear
- Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of not less than ½ ounce and not more than 10 pounds of Marijuana
- Felony simple possession of narcotics
There are a multitude of misdemeanor convictions that can now be expunged under the new law however some misdemeanors remain unexpungable. Some examples of misdemeanors that cannot be expunged under the new law are:
- Domestic Assault
- Violation of a restraining order
- Child neglect and endangerment
- Indecent exposure
If a conviction occurred prior to November 1. 1989 there are more available expungements than those available after November 1, 1989.
To qualify for an Expungement under this new law, five (5) years must have elapsed since the completion of the sentence imposed and all fines, court costs, and probationary requirements must have been completed.
Our firm is prepared to help you obtain an expungement of your criminal conviction. It is important that the filing of the petition be thoroughly completed. Should your petition be denied by the Judge you may not file another petition again for at least two (2) years. If you or a loved one has a criminal conviction that may be expunged call our firm for a free consultation.