The Benefits of Expungement
After being involved in a crime – which could include anything from stealing a piece of bubble gum to driving while under the influence of alcohol – you may wonder how long this offense will stay on your record. Furthermore, you may wonder how many people will be able to access the record of this offense, including future employers.
Unfortunately, the majority of arrests and convictions stay on your record until you actually do something about them. Fortunately, there is a legal process known as expungement, in which you can potentially have the offense and all related incidents completely removed from your record. However, the expungement process can be extremely difficult to navigate, and it may be up for question whether or not your specific offense is even eligible for expungement, so it is important to contact an experienced Rhode Island expungement attorney who can help guide you through the legal process.
Who is Eligible for Expungement?
Typically, there are a number of criteria that must be met for an expungement to occur. First, there is generally a period of time that must elapse between the actual offense and eligibility for expungement. Depending on the offense, this may range from six months to two years and beyond. Second, all court-mandated criteria must be fulfilled as well, up to and including completing probation, having no other incidents during the waiting period, and more.
If you or a loved one has an arrest or conviction on your record, contact Rhode Island expungement lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 to learn more about your legal options.