A misdemeanor or felony conviction can set up roadblocks on the path to a satisfying and productive future.
However, if you are eligible for expungement, that blot on your record can disappear.
Though requirements differ from state to state, there are certain basics that would pertain to expunging your criminal record:
– The charge against you was dismissed, you were found not guilty or acquitted after a trial
– You met the waiting periods required before petitioning for expungement
– There are no new charges pending
– You have paid fines or restitution in full
– You have completed probation, community service requirements or education programs
Enjoying the benefits
Once the misdemeanor or felony conviction goes off your record, you can enjoy a fresh start to your future. From that point on, you can legally state that you were never charged with a crime or arrested. You can answer “no” if asked on any job, credit card or mortgage application if you have a criminal history. In a background check, expungement means that no criminal activity will show up, and you will be able to find better employment, better housing opportunities and a brighter future overall.
Expungement is not available for everybody, but in the state of Washington, this process can clear away many misdemeanor and felony convictions. If you have completed all the requirements to atone for your conviction, it may be time to seek legal guidance with respect to your eligibility for expunging the stain from your criminal record.