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Expungements and Pardons in Richmond

The term "expungement" is generally used to refer to the destruction or sealing of a criminal record. Each state uses its own terms to describe the different types of post-conviction relief available under law, but what those terms all have in common is the idea that it is possible under certain circumstances to wipe out one's criminal record or at least to mitigate the negative consequences of having an arrest, charges or conviction on one's record.

Expungement, pardon or sealing of a criminal record is not possible in every situation. Whether or not you are eligible for any of these depends on factors including how far your case progressed. Were you simply arrested, were charges filed in your case, did the charges end up being dismissed, or did your case result in a conviction? Furthermore, it may not be possible to obtain an expungement if your case involved certain types of charges.

Getting your criminal record cleared or sealed has several advantages. For example, having a mark on you record can negatively affect your ability to secure credit or be approved for a home mortgage. You might find that you are disqualified from obtaining certain types of professional license, or you might not pass a background check for housing or for employment. It can even affect your rights to vote and to own a firearm. In effect, a mistake from your past or even a wrongful conviction has the potential to follow you for years into the future and may hold you back in life.

If you are interested in pursuing an expungement, a pardon or a sealing of your record, contact our office now. We can review the circumstances of your situation and advise you of your options. If you are eligible, we may be able to represent you in court and assist you with the process, and you could end up with a fresh chance at a new life.