Is your past holding you back? Is a criminal conviction or an arrest keeping you from getting the job you need, the promotion you want, or the apartment you desire? See if you might qualify to apply for the court to seal your record.
Expungement: The process by which a criminal conviction or arrest is sealed, sequestered, and treated as confidential.
Who Qualifies to Have Their Records Expunged?:
If you can answer no to all of these questions, you may qualify to have your record expunged:
Have you been convicted of a felony resulting in sentencing to the Department of Corrections?
Have you been convicted of a sex crime?
If you can also answer yes to all of these questions, you may qualify to have your record expunged:
Have you completed the terms of your probation?
Were you sentenced under an expunging statute? or Were you committed to the Department of Community Punishment?
If you were committed to the Department of Community Punishment, did you successfully complete your commitment to the Department of Community Punishment and do you have no more than 1 previous felony conviction that does not include the following offenses: a capital offense, murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, first degree rape, kidnapping, aggravated robbery or delivering controlled substances to a minor?
Were you convicted of one of the following offenses: theft, theft by receiving, hot checks, residential burglary, commercial burglary, failure to appear, fraudulent use of credit cards, criminal mischief, breaking or entering, drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated 4th or subsequent, any other C or D class felonies that are not either violent or sexual, or any A or B class controlled substance felonies, or any misdemeanor conviction except a misdemeanor conviction for which you were required to register as a sex offender or a misdemeanor conviction for driving while intoxicated.
Remember, it is up to the judge to allow your record to be expunged.
What is the Effect of Having Your Record Expunged?
Once your record is expunged, you will have all privileges and rights restored and be completely exonerated. The record which has been expunged will have no affect on any of your civil rights or liberties unless otherwise specifically allowed by the law (for example, if you apply for a job as a social worker, there are limitations on who can be a social worker, so an expunged conviction can still be considered).
Once the order to seal your record has been entered, the action that resulted in your conviction will be treated as if it never happened; therefore, you can state that no such action never occurred and that no such record exists.
For additional information on expunging your record in Arkansas, call me at 501-251-9433.
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