Expungement Lawyer Serving Brockton, MA
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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.
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How Expungement Works in Massachusetts
There are two ways to clear your criminal history in Massachusetts: record
sealing and expungement. A successful record sealing will make your criminal
record impossible for the public to see, whether you have charged, arrests,
and/or convictions on it. Although, warrants and uncommon circumstances
may make your record visible again to certain interested parties. An expungement
will actually “destroy” your criminal record so that no parties,
agencies, or courts can see it again.
Important waiting periods for record sealing and expungement:
- Eligible charges that were dismissed or acquitted can be sealed immediately.
- Certain first-time drug possession convictions can be sealed immediately.
- Misdemeanor and juvenile convictions can be sealed after a three-year waiting period.
- Felony convictions have a seven-year waiting period.
There is also a list of 21 crime categories in Massachusetts that cannot
be expunged or sealed. Any crime that causes serious injury or death to
a victim cannot be expunged. Crimes that involved the use of a dangerous
weapon and most sex crimes that require sexual offender registration also
cannot be expunged or sealed. It is worth noting that recent legal updates
do allow resisting arrest convictions to be sealed, and any criminal record
can be expunged if it was created due to fraud or clerical errors.
If you qualify for expungement, 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. Lastly, an overseeing criminal court judge must decide if
expunging your record will interfere with “justice” or not.
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Preparing a comprehensive and influential petition is critical to maximize
your chances of record sealing or expungement approval. 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
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