Looking for an Expungement?
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Being charged with a crime is a stressful time for anyone, and the knowledge of what a conviction can bring later on in life can make it even worse. You can be very limited in terms of schooling or employment with a criminal record. However, there may be hope for you through an expungement in which your criminal record is effectively wiped clean.
At J. Bouchard Law, our Chesapeake criminal defense attorney can work to have your record expunged and set you free from the potentially ruinous consequences of an arrest. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Bouchard understands how the criminal justice system and expungements work. We can walk you through each stage of the process to get your record cleared and protect your future.
Do I qualify for an expungement?
Expungement only applies to certain situations—if you have been found innocent of your charge, if a nolle prosequi is taken, the charge is dismissed, an absolute pardon is granted, or someone else unlawfully used your name and been convicted of a crime, you can apply for expungement.
In such cases, an expungement can free you up for the following opportunities:
- Federal assistance
- Firearm rights
If you qualify for expungement, you need to file a petition and have a copy of the warrant or indictment with the court where the case took place. The court will send a copy to the commonwealth where you filed and their attorney will respond to the petition.
During your hearing, if the court determines you merit an expungement, it can enter an order to have your police and court record expunged. In effect, you will be able to legally deny that you were ever arrested to potential employers and others in the future.
Attorney Bouchard is Here to Help
Our Chesapeake defense attorney can help you navigate the petition process so you have the best chance of having your record expunged. We are knowledgeable and aggressive when it comes to protecting our clients from the ramifications of a criminal charge and we can help you today!
Call today for a free case review and discuss your case with us!