Fortunately, many people who have arrest records are eligible to expunge them—it is just a matter of knowing what to do, which forms to file, and where to file the petition. For that reason, most people choose to work with an expungement attorney who understands the law and how it applies in different cases.
Expungement is not a simple process, and many people choose to have an attorney walk them through the process to ensure that they get the best possible outcome.
The first thing you need to expunge your arrests is obtain your complete criminal history. You can get a copy of your rap sheet (that stands for record of arrests and prosecutions) from the agency that arrested you, or you can obtain a copy from ACIC.
Once your lawyer has reviewed your record, she will determine whether you are eligible for expungement or criminal record sealing. If you are eligible, she’ll prepare and file all the documents necessary to clear your name.
What if the Court Won’t Let You Expunge Your Arrest Record?
The court does not have to grant your request to expunge or seal your criminal record. If the state’s attorney objects to your expungement or sealing, your lawyer will be able to argue your case in front of a judge.
What Else Can You Expunge (Besides an Arrest Record)?
In some cases, if you were found guilty of a crime and placed on court supervision, and you successfully completed the term of supervision (and maintained a clean criminal record since then), you could be eligible for expungement or sealing.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About How to Expunge Your Arrest Record?
If you’re thinking about expunging your arrest record, we may be able to help you.
Call Accessible Legal Services at 501-620-4242 for a free case review today. We will look at your situation and start developing a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.