What is an Expungement?
An expungement is a legal procedure that allows a person who has been convicted of a crime to have the conviction erased from their criminal record. After an expungement, the person is considered to have never been convicted of the crime. Expungements are available for both misdemeanor and felony convictions.
If you are eligible for an expungement, you should contact a lawyer to help you with the process. The lawyer will file a petition with the court requesting that the conviction be expunged. The court will then hold a hearing to determine if the conviction should be expunged. If the court grants the petition, the conviction will be erased from your criminal record.
Am I Eligible for an Expungement?
If you have a criminal record, you may be eligible to have it expunged. Expungement is the process of having your criminal record sealed or destroyed. This means that the public will not have access to your criminal record, and it will not appear on background checks. In Wyoming:
-A misdemeanor conviction can be expunged one year after the end of your sentence for a status offense if you apply.
-You can ask to have your misdemeanor conviction erased after five years if you completed a non-status crime sentence.
-As long as you have paid all court-imposed restitution and have no additional felony convictions on your record, you can ask to have your felony conviction erased 10 years after completing your sentence.
-Misdemeanors convictions for the use or attempt to use a firearm, as well as health care provider sexual battery convictions against a patient, are not eligible for expungement.
How Do I Get My Record Expunged?
The process of getting your record expunged will vary depending on the state that you live in. However, there are a few general steps that you will need to take in order to get your record expunged.
-The first step is to obtain a copy of your criminal record. You can do this by contacting the clerk of court in the county where you were arrested or convicted.
-Once you have a copy of your criminal record, you will need to fill out an application for expungement. This application can be found on the website of your state’s court system.
-After you have filled out the application for expungement, you will need to submit it to the court along with the required fees.
-Once your application has been submitted, a judge will review it and decide whether or not to grant your request for expungement. If your request is granted, your criminal record will be sealed, and you will no longer have to disclose it to potential employers or landlords.
Will a Criminal Defense Attorney Help Me?
If you are considering getting your record expunged, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to help you determine if you are eligible for expungement and guide you through the process.
If you have been convicted of a crime, it is important to understand the process of expungement and how it can help you move on with your life. Expunging your record can give you a clean slate and allow you to move forward without having to disclose your criminal history. Call our criminal defense law firm today at 307-243-4978 for a free consultation.