Could An Expungement Help You?
It is unfortunate that if you are arrested and found guilty of a criminal act in a court of law, the consequences for your personal and professional lives can be bad as the criminal record will stay with you for years.
Your Arrest Could Become Public Record
The arrest will become a matter of public record. This public record of your arrest will then appear during background checks that are routine during the job application process and when applying for housing finance.
However, being able to access one’s arrest records in some states via the internet can make matters even worse. Information on your arrest and conviction – and the circumstances surrounding that conviction will be made available to the members of the general public. Then again, it does not matter whether or not you were rightly or wrongly convicted – the information on your arrest and conviction will negatively impact your life (in a variety of ways) for the foreseeable future.
An Expungement Of Records May Be Possible
But it does not have to be this way, the assistance of a competent and experienced Colorado Springs attorney who specializes in the expungement of records may allow you to live a life of relative normalcy.
Expungement is a process that results in a criminal record being erased or destroyed, sealed or removed from the State or Federal records and therefore from the public eye. Simply put. if a record is expunged it is completely invisible to anyone doing a background check regarding any convictions or a criminal record. That record might as well be gone.
However, if you are a resident of Colorado Springs or are accused of a crime in the area, complete expungement is not possible. In some cases, it is possible to petition the court to have these records sealed from the public eye.
The Limited Nature of Expungement
If you have a criminal record it is worth investigating if that record can be sealed in order to ensure that you have equitable access to professional and personal opportunities.
Some types of records are easier to expunge than others. For instance, if the offense was relatively minor and there is no record of a behavioral pattern, or if the person who committed the crime was a juvenile at the time it can be a simple process to have these records sealed.
It has been proven time and again that a criminal record will limit opportunities in the professional environment. A simple background check is all that is required to ruin your chances when you submit an application for a job. A criminal record is a Red Flag that will show up in even the most cursory of background checks.
The effect is not limited to those who have been convicted – a charge can also have a noticeably chilling effect on job prospects. It is essential that the records be dealt with – preferably eliminated.
Shimon Kohn, an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer is ready to assist those Colorado residents who want their records sealed, whether those records have details of a juvenile crime or a criminal act that occurred in adulthood.
While it is possible for an individual to seek to have criminal records sealed with an expungement, the process can be a complex one. An attorney is highly recommended.
The Law is Constantly Evolving
Getting an expungement of any past violation requires being up to date with changes to the law and attorneys such as Shimon Kohn will focus on ensuring that arguments for expungement are valid in terms of legal requirements.
Needing your records expunged? Contact Shimon Kohn today for a free, confidential case review.
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