If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, you should probably consider sealing your records. Record sealing is the process of hiding charges from your criminal record so that no one can see the charges if they were to look at your records. Once your records are sealed, all of the sealed charges are treated as if they never happened.
There are several benefits to having your record sealed. Once you have criminal charges on your record, it can have a severe consequences on several aspects of your life. Sealing your criminal record can undo many of these consequences. If any rights were lost with a conviction on your record, you can once again enjoy some rights that were taken away from you, such as the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to deny that you have criminal charges on a job application.
Once a person’s records are sealed, they can truthfully answer that they have never been arrested or convicted of a crime when filling out a job application. You will also once again be eligible for jobs that previously would have excluded you due to a criminal record.
In order to seal your records, you must first wait until your case is complete and closed. Once the case closes, you must then wait the statutory period to elapse before you can petition to have your record sealed. Most misdemeanor offenses have a 2 year waiting period after your case closes, however a misdemeanor DUI and Domestic Violence have a 7 year waiting period. Gross Misdemeanors have a 7 year waiting period, Category A and B felonies have a 15 year waiting period, Category C and D felonies have a 12 year waiting period, and Category E felonies have a 10 year waiting period.
Once you have waited the statutory period, you must then get a verified copy of your criminal history and submit your petition to have your record seal. There are several important steps to follow and documents to prepare, and the process can take several months.
Record sealing has many benefits and should be considered by any person who has an arrest or conviction on their record. If you are considering sealing your records, contact the attorneys at Gregory & Waldo at 702-830-7925 to set up a free consultation.