A criminal conviction can present some rather serious problems when applying for employment, schooling, and many other opportunities. Expungement offers a way to erase a misdemeanor or felony from public record and allows you to legally state that you have not been convicted of a crime on applications for jobs, schooling, housing, entering the military, and public benefits.
In order to have a conviction expunged, it must:
- Be at least 5 years from the date of the conviction or from your release from incarceration if this was part of the sentence
- Not be a felony that is punishable by life (whether this was the actual sentence or not)
- Not be a criminal sexual conduct or attempted criminal sexual conduct conviction
- Not be a traffic offense
Having a criminal conviction expunged does require specific documentation and an appearance before a judge. In order to speed along the process and ensure that all goes well, it is best to undergo this process with the help of an attorney. Jeff Portko has helped to expunge many criminal records and will see to it that your expungement is done the right way and as quickly as possible and at low cost.