A recent study suggests that over 300 million Americans have criminal records, whether misdemeanor or felony convictions. Criminal charges can result in heavy fines, court costs, and even jail time. But, the consequences of a criminal conviction are not just limited to fines, costs and potential jail or prison time. Even after paying their debt to society, millions of Americans continue to live with the ongoing consequences of a criminal record, even if their convictions are decades old.
Fortunately, many people with a criminal history may be eligible to have certain offenses expunged from their record or sealed. Expunging a criminal charge means that particular charge is erased from your record. Sealing of a criminal charge means that the charge still exists but it is hidden from the public. Once a charge or arrest record is sealed, the public does not have access to the record of that particular arrest or charge.
If you have any questions recording criminal records and whether you qualify to have your records sealed or expunged, call our office at (309)-662-5084.