Expungement In Missouri
Everyone makes mistakes. However, if not properly addressed, those mistakes can irreparably harm your future forever. Expunging an arrest or conviction is an effective way to erase a criminal record that may otherwise hold you back in life.
On Jan. 1, 2018, Missouri’s expungement laws will vastly expand to include all misdemeanor and some felony convictions. This is important for individuals who have prior convictions related to nonviolent and nonsexual crimes on their records. If you were previously convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime, it’s important to work with a criminal defense attorney like me, Gregory N. Smith, to find out if you are eligible for expungement.
Clearing Your Criminal Record
The biggest fear that many people have about a past arrest or conviction is that it will continue to show up on background checks. A conviction or arrest — even for a minor misdemeanor — can be enough to prevent you from getting the job or apartment you want and can even 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.
Expunging Arrest Records
The overzealous actions of police officers can stay with those they arrest forever. Many times, prosecutors do not issue cases brought to them by the police because there is no probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. Unfortunately, record of an arrest will not go away unless you contact a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in Missouri’s expungement laws. Do not let the actions of an irresponsible police officer prevent you from living your life.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Lawyer Who Knows Expungement Laws
I am a firm believer that people who pay their debts to society or who are never charged after an arrest deserve the chance to live their lives. An expungement may be able to help you do that. Contact The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith today at 314-492-6984 if you would like to learn more.