For many people, the process of expunging or sealing a criminal record is a complicated one—but it does not have to be that way. Working with an expungement attorney from the moment you decide to clear your criminal record can make things simpler (and save you time).
Before you can petition the court to clear your criminal record, you will need a complete copy of that record. You can get your own criminal record by contacting the agency where you were processed, or you can ask request your criminal record from Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC).
Once you have your entire criminal record, you can determine whether you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged. If you are not, you could still be eligible for a pardon through the Governor’s office.
When your attorney determines that you are eligible for expungement, she will file the appropriate petition with the court, and that is the first step in clearing your name and getting the fresh start you deserve.
In some cases, the state’s attorney—the lawyer that represents the State’s best interests in criminal cases—will object to an expungement. If that happens in your case, you may be entitled to a hearing where you can explain your side of the story. Your lawyer can argue on your behalf if the state objects to your petition.
If the judge in your case approves your expungement, the court will order the law enforcement agencies that have your criminal records to seal them.
If you need to talk to an attorney about clearing your name so you can move forward and leave the past behind, call us right away at 501-620-4242 for a free case evaluation. We will look at your record and explain your options, and then we will develop a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.