Expungement Law Changes
Beginning on January 1st of this year, Missouri's Expungement Laws were changed to allow for the expansion of crimes eligible for expungement. Expunging an arrest or conviction effectively "erases" a criminal record which is important in helping a person pick up the pieces and move forward in life.
The biggest problem that many people have regarding a past arrest or conviction is that continues to show up on background checks. Convictions and arrests, even for minor charges, can make life difficult and prevent you from getting a job or an apartment. In some cases, a conviction or arrest can interfere with your ability to get into college and qualify for a loan.
Under the expanded expungement laws, individuals with certain criminal convictions — including most drug-related offenses — can petition to have a conviction expunged and removed from their record.
Even a situation where a person is arrested, but is not charged with a crime can negatively affect their life. Unfortunately, even if a prosecutor does not believe there is probable cause that a crime was committed, the arrest record remains. Unless a person obtains an expungement of the arrest, this arrest can continue to cause problems throughout his or her life.
If you were previously convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime, it's important to work with a criminal defense attorney like me, Bert W. Fulk, to find out if you are eligible for expungement.
Call me at 636-946-0960 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org today to schedule a free expungement consultation!