Nearly five years ago, I was convicted of possession of cds with the intent to distribute, second degree. I took this plea for several reasons. The first being that I paid for a pricey lawyer whose counsel I had no reason to doubt. Secondly, he told me that I will be able to apply for an expungements after 5 years of having completed everything (fines, parole/probation), and stayed out of trouble.
After doing some research, and speaking to several people about the particular details concerning the circumstances of my own making, I’ve come to understand that I very well may not be eligible for an expungement. The only option after an expungement is a pardon, and I don’t believe that I’ve got what it takes to make that cut.
Is there anything I can do? I would write some more to press exactly how much this clean slate actually means to me, but I can’t put it into words. Who do I write? What do I need to do?
Please feel free to ask any questions that will fill in any blanks you may have.
More details are needed as to the facts and circumstances surrounding your plea. You should meet with an attorney to discuss your expungement eligibility.
If there is anything you can do, it would be post conviction relief. There is a five year filing deadline, so it sounds like you need to consult with a PCR attorney right away.
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