Expungement Lawyer Serving Brockton, MA
Looking for a fresh start? Retain South Shore Criminal Defense.
The repercussions of a criminal conviction can last for a lifetime, but
why should you have to suffer unnecessarily? Expungement can allow you
to move on, free from the mistakes of your past. Without an understanding
of state law, however, it is difficult to achieve the favorable outcome
you are looking for. Our Brockton expungement attorneys have decades of
experience and are well-equipped to help you navigate the complex legal
system and the courts in
Plymouth, Hingham, Quincy, and nearby courts. Your concerns are our number one priority.
Schedule your free consultation today! We represent clients in Hingham & Plymouth.
How does expungement work in Massachusetts?
There are two ways to clear your criminal history in Massachusetts: record
sealing and expungement. The latter can be quite difficult and is typically
reserved only for wrongful convictions, such as identity theft. Sealed
records are granted much more often and can be just as effective as expungement.
This means that your criminal records are no longer viewable to the public eye.
Is there a waiting period to have a record sealed?
- Dismissals, acquittals, and first-time drug possessions can be sealed immediately
- Misdemeanor convictions have a five-year waiting period
- Felony convictions have a 10-year waiting period
- Juvenile convictions have a three-year waiting period
Certain crimes can never be sealed, including firearm offenses and any
conviction requiring registration as a sex offender. If you qualify, you
must first request your Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and
review it for any errors. Your attorney can assist you with this process.
You are then required to submit your petition to seal, a decision that
is left in the hands of the Commissioner of Probation.
Preparing a strong petition is critical, as this can determine the outcome
of your case. Our Plymouth criminal defense firm is committed to protecting
your best interests and works tirelessly on behalf of each client we represent.
Take back the future you deserve –
contact our Brockton expungement lawyers now.