Expunge or Seal (Remove) Arrest
Are you eligible to have an arrest record Expunged or Sealed? We would be happy to determine this answer for you. If you are eligible for this relief you can effectively deny an arrest (some exclusions do apply).
EligibilityThe Expunge and Seal Statute is strict.
To qualify to have a case EXPUNGED, the final outcome of your case would have to be a dismissal, i.e. an Announcment of No Information or a Nolle Prosequi filed by the State. ( Nolle Prosequi means dropped in Latin.)
To qualify to have a case SEALED, the final outcome of your case would have to be a Withhold of Adjudication. A Withhold of Adjudication means that you have not been convictied of a crime., even though you may have paid a fine or been on probation.
Eligibilty if more than one caseThough you are only able to have one Expunge or Seal in your lifetime this does not mean that you cannot expunge or seal if your record contains more than one case. As long as you have no convctions on any case you would be eligible. We would be able to determine your eligibility with a phone call and a review of your history. We would also be able to help you decide which case would be best for your futrue to expunge or seal.
Criminal Records Affect more than EmploymentCriminal records are being used to deny real estate rentals to anyone who has had a felony charge. These agencies do not seem to care if the charges were dropped, or if a withheld adjudication is in place. Although a withheld is not a conviction, most agencies consider it as a conviction. We have seen some folks that were not denied a rental, but they were required to put a larger deposit than others. That is clearly illegal in many situations.
Among other things, potential relationships of a personal nature are a source of contention. Your loved one may have snoopy parents, or snoopy siblings. They can enter your name in google and these records will pop up.