Can You “Erase” My Criminal Convictions?
My clients come to me because they want to “erase” a conviction for personal reasons but most do it because it negatively impacts them in getting a job or a professional license. A conviction may lead to an administrative investigation and hearing which will likely result in losing their job or l
Expungement/DismissalBenefits: Expungement is a general term to describe the removal of information from a criminal record by deleting or sealing the information. It allows an individual to answer "no" to a potential employer or other background checks if he/she has been convicted of a felony; allowing eligibility for professional certificates and licenses; allowing eligibility for student loans or government assistance such as housing.
Who qualifies: Individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony for more than one year (excludes sex offenders); those who have fulfilled their probation; those who have completed the terms and conditions of their probation; those found "not guilty" or had the charges against them dropped.
What if you lied about your criminal record?You have the job but let us assume management finds out you were less than truthful about a prior conviction or possibly losing your professional license because you failed to disclose a conviction. An administrative hearing is the venue used.
What should you do if an investigator from a state licensing agency...What should you do if an investigator from a state licensing agency or human resources representative contact you? Investigators sometimes lull the employee into a false sense of security. Investigators call you in for an "informal" conference to get your side of the facts. The "informal" conference may seem so easy that the employee feels that all he/she has to do is tell the truth and fails to consider bringing in an attorney in these types of investigatory settings. But what you do not know is that a senior manager is conducting the meeting and the interview is recorded and a written report will be subsequently prepared.