Understanding the Process of Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records

Criminal records can be an obstacle to finding employment, obtaining housing, and even getting an education. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they can have their criminal records sealed or expunged. Sealing and expunging criminal records can be a powerful tool for people who have been convicted of a crime and want to move on with their lives.

Sealing and expunging criminal records involves the process of requesting that the court, or other governmental agency, remove a person’s criminal records from public view. Sealing a record means that the record is kept confidential and can only be accessed by certain agencies under certain circumstances. Expunging a record means that the record is physically destroyed, so it no longer exists.

In most states, not all criminal records are eligible to be sealed or expunged. Usually, only certain types of misdemeanors and some felonies are eligible. The specific eligibility requirements and procedures vary from state to state.

The process of sealing and expunging criminal records requires a great deal of paperwork and can be time-consuming. For this reason, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable Miami traffic attorney to ensure that all required steps are taken and that the process is completed properly.

Sealing and expunging criminal records can open up many opportunities for those who have been convicted of a crime. It can help reduce the stigma and discrimination that often accompany a criminal record and give people the chance to move forward with their lives. 

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