Expungement of Records
Hampton Roads Expungement Attorney
How to Seal Your Record in Virginia
The process and likelihood of having your record expunged will vary greatly depending upon the specific facts of your case. If you were convicted or entered a plea of guilty to a charge in Virginia, you are not eligible for expungement. Expunging records is actually a civil, not a criminal, proceeding. Someone who seeks to have an arrest expunged from their record must file an action in civil court against the Commonwealth of Virginia. A trusted criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, PC can help determine if you are eligible for expungement.
How Long Does Expungement take in VA?
In VA, expungement can take up to six months to complete after the judge has signed the expungement order. The national crime records maintained by the F.B.I will also be updated to reflect the Virginia expungement order.
Can Misdemeanors be Expunged in VA?
In Virginia, misdemeanors can be expunged for some applicants. If you have no prior criminal records and you were found not guilty or the charge was dismissed, you’re entitled to have the charge removed from your record.
Can Felonies be Expunged in VA?
Felonies can also be expunged in Virginia. To have a felony expunged, the applicant must show information about the arrest charge causes or may cause manifest injustice.
Need Help Expunging Your Record?
The process of expunging a record can be quite complex. Courts are looking for certain factors when they determine whether an arrest ought to be expunged. We are all presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but that doesn't mean that an arrest for which you were never convicted can't be a heavy burden. That may seem unfair, but it is the law. You need an aggressive attorney who understands how expungement works, and can tell you whether it is even a possibility in your particular case.
Get A Free Consultation & Find Out If You Are Eligible!
If you are being held back in the job market or in any other way because of a charge in your criminal record, don't hesitate to contact us. Time lost is opportunity lost, and the sooner we start making your record right, the sooner you can get on with your life. At our firm, we are committed to providing quality representation to clients and we can assist you in determining your eligibility for expungement.
Sealing of your records can help you move forward with your life. Contact the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline today. We are easily reached by completing a free case evaluation form online.