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The problem with criminal accusations is often that they often stay around on our clients’ records much longer than necessary. At the Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C., we often find that this history has prevented clients from getting what they want out of life. 

For example, suppose you were applying for a position of responsibility with a large company. Any medium-to-large organization would be likely to perform extensive research on any potential risks to operational efficiency. Since onboarding new employees represents an investment of money and time, and since trusting someone poses a fiduciary risk, corporations you apply to would probably perform a background check at least. 

If you had completed an application and denied your arrest, then trust could be the least of your worries. It could be illegal to make false claims on a document, such as a job application, to which you sign your name. This is why we find it so important to help our clients expunge criminal records

Expungement is a powerful tool, but you could only be eligible for it under certain circumstances:

  • You were under 18 when you were convicted of a minor offense
  • A judge dismissed your case or you obtained a not-guilty verdict
  • You were convicted of certain offenses before you were 21

Even if it turned out you were not eligible for expungement, there could be legal measures available to you now or in the future. Other states have instituted widespread expungement reform in recent years. Please continue to read on our legal website.