Improve Your Future by Expunging Your Record
A criminal record can adversely affect virtually all aspects of your life. Increasingly, employers, landlords, and others are asking for background checks and denying jobs and housing to people with any type of criminal history. When someone discovers that you were previously arrested or charged with a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia, they might make assumptions about the facts of the case that may not even be true.
Even if you were never convicted of the offense or the Commonwealth dropped the case, the record of your arrest can remain and can cause problems when you are applying for a job, looking for an apartment, or trying to buy a house. It is in your best interest to be proactive and work to clean up your record. With the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer, you may be able to have all records of the arrest sealed.
Virginia allows for the expungement of criminal records in certain circumstances, such as when:
- You were charged with a crime and subsequently acquitted
- Your charges were nolle prossed (not prosecuted) by the Commonwealth
- Your charges were “otherwise dismissed”
When you contact my office, I will set up a confidential meeting to examine all the facts and circumstances surrounding your prior criminal matters and work with you to determine whether expungement is a possibility for you. If we determine that you are eligible, I can help you take all the necessary steps to remove criminal charges from your permanent record. When you successfully expunge criminal charges, you are not required to disclose that you were arrested. For the most part, it will be as if the arrest or charge never happened. Following expungement, only a court can allow access to your sealed record.
Contact Me Today
I have the necessary legal experience to help get your record expunged. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case or to find out if you qualify for an expungement, contact my office at (804) 387-5566.