Can I Get My Records Sealed?
Dec. 29, 2022
Being convicted of a crime can have long-lasting consequences. Anyone can search your record, including employers, insurance companies, landlords, and more. That is why it is vital to seal your record. At The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith, I can help you seal your criminal record from the public’s eye. Sealing a record can help restore rights you may have lost in the past and open the door to opportunities you might not have thought were possible. If you have a criminal record in the areas of St. Louis, Saint Charles, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, or anywhere in East St. Louis, Missouri, contact me today and let’s talk about your options.
Difference Between Record Sealing & Expungements
Some people often confuse record sealing and expungements with each other. An expungement means that you are able to clear a conviction from your record. It will appear as if that crime did not exist. Record sealing is the process of removing your criminal record from the public’s grasp. For example, the crimes will still be present in your record, but they will not be accessible to the general public. However, there are still some officials that can access your record, including law enforcement officers, gun applications, immigration, and more. Reach out to me to talk about taking the first steps of record sealing. I have offices in both St. Louis and Saint Charles, Missouri.
Who Is Eligible for Record Sealing?
If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of a Class B felony or lower in Missouri, you may be eligible for a record sealing. If convicted, your sentencing must be completed, meaning, prison or jail time must be served, probation or parole must be finished, and your fines must be paid. You must also have had a clean record for at least three years. If you have been convicted of a Class A felony, you are not able to have that record sealed. Other types that are not able to be sealed are crimes requiring a sex offender registration, crimes involving death, felony assault, domestic assault, and more. To see if you are able to apply for a sealed criminal record, contact me today. I have law offices in St. Louis and Saint Charles, Missouri, and serve the areas of St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and all of East St. Louis, Missouri.
Benefits of Sealing Your Criminal Record
By sealing your criminal record, you may find a lot of opportunities that you may not think were possible. For starters, if you are applying for jobs or housing, you may find it less challenging. Since employers and landlords will not be able to access your criminal record, they may not have any other reason to deny your application. In cases that involved the use of your car, such as a DUI or speeding ticket, your auto insurance may lower your rates. The possibilities are limitless. Contact me at The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith to get started.
Start Sealing Your Missouri Criminal Record Today
If you choose to begin the process of sealing your criminal record, you will need to file a petition in the county where you were arrested. As your criminal defense attorney, I can represent you throughout the entire process and provide you with trustworthy advice. If you are ready to seek a fresh start, get in contact with me at The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith and schedule a meeting. I have offices in St. Louis and Saint Charles and serve the areas of St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and all of East St. Louis, Missouri.