Expungement & Record Clearing
If you have been convicted of a crime and were sentenced, your criminal record is now something that you might have to disclose, especially if you are looking for a job or will need a new job at any point in the near future.
In fact, individuals who have a criminal record might find their entire career trajectories dramatically altered, leaving them with fewer choices when it comes to finding gainful employment that helps them feed themselves, their families and their other loved ones.
In addition, many lenders and landlords will decide to avoid renting or lending to potential renters with a criminal record, which means you will not only have a hard time finding a job but also finding a suitable place to live.
If all of that sounds like a rather extreme consequence to live with for the rest of your life, that’s because it is. A criminal record is nothing to take lightly, and it is not exaggerating to say that your entire future could rest upon the ability to somehow purge it.
Luckily enough, there is one option that could help a great many people out there currently struggling with this issue. There is something known as expungement, a process by which you might be able to have your criminal record erased from the system entirely. In certain cases where complete expungement is not available, you still might be able to have those records restricted to access by only a few entities, such as child services or criminal justice agencies. Both of these options can help dramatically improve your ability to live your life, pursuing the career and opportunities you would like to pursue.
The criminal defense attorneys at Funk and Wendlinger, LLC, can help you have your records expunged and live a happy and productive life.
What Is Expungement?
As briefly mentioned above, expungement is a legal process that goes through the court system. During this process, you will request that your records be expunged and then provide the necessary evidence and documentation needed in order to move forward with the request. If the petition is approved, you will be able to have the qualifying items on your criminal record expunged in order to help you live a more normal life without those marks on your record.
One thing to keep in mind is that expungements are not particularly easy to obtain. In fact, they might require the kind of in-depth knowledge about the legal system that only experienced lawyers have. When you are serious about getting your records expunged, then the last thing you should do is enter into the process without a lawyer. Note that this is true even if you believe that your record clearly meets the qualifying guidelines. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t, but there is more to the process than just sending in a record of your conviction and having your records expunged as a result.
How Do I Get My Records Expunged?
The process for having your records expunged in Indiana became far easier recently. In 2013, Act No. 1482 was implemented in order to help qualifying individuals receive an expungement much easier than was previously available.
If you were found innocent during your trial, the trial was dismissed, your conviction was vacated or the trial resulted in an acquittal, then you likely have a great case for expungement. If you were convicted, but your crime was not specifically deemed as something ineligible for expungement – that is, a violent felony such as rape or murder – you might still have a good case to have your records expunged. Note that upon your expungement, you will also regain the ability to own a firearm, the right to vote and the responsibility of serving as a juror.
To ensure you have the best chance possible of having your records expunged, reach out to an experienced attorney.
At Funk and Wendlinger, LLC, we believe that you deserve the very best legal help available. Our attorneys understand how the expungement process works, and how we can help best secure a favorable result. Additionally, we know when deadlines are coming up as well as the kind of information that should be provided at them. You should also keep in mind that you can only have your criminal record expunged once via the state of Indiana. This is another reason why it is so important to have an experienced attorney. We can help ensure that all applicable crimes are expunged at the same time so that you are not left with crimes to expunge but the inability to do so.
Contact An Expungement & Record Clearing Attorney Today
For more information about expungement and how you can begin the process, as well as what you can expect throughout, contact Funk and Wendlinger, LLC, today by calling our Schererville office at 219-865-0002 or sending us an email.