Shreveport Expungement Lawyer
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A conviction – or even just an arrest – on your criminal record can be detrimental to your wellbeing and reputation in many ways you might not have anticipated. Under Louisiana law, you can attempt to clean up your criminal record and put your past behind you through a process known as expungement. Whether you were convicted of a misdemeanor or certain felonies, expungement or record sealing might work for you.
To be eligible for expungement, the following prerequisites should be considered:
- You have been acquitted or exonerated of your charges.
- Your charges must have been dismissed after completing probation if convicted.
- Your charges must be dropped due to the statute of prosecutorial limitations expiring.
- You must have no other criminal convictions on your record while expungement is pending.
- You were convicted of a juvenile felony more than five years ago and are seeking to expunge it.
- Your conviction does not involve certain sex crimes, violent crimes, and DUI crimes.
Due to the various circumstances that can make someone eligible or ineligible for using expungement in Louisiana, it is highly recommended that you always speak with an expungement attorney before beginning the process. You can contact the Law Office of Verity Gentry Bell, LLC to speak with our Shreveport criminal defense lawyer. With Ms. Bell by your side, you can begin exploring your expungement options with confidence.
Want a free consultation? Just call (318) 225-7140.
Why You Should Consider Expungement
Criminal marks on your record never officially disappear, no matter how long ago they were created. If you want to go forward into life with a clean slate, then you have to consider starting the legal process of expungement with the help of a Shreveport criminal lawyer.
Benefits of expunging an arrest or conviction include:
- Privacy: Expungement and record sealing effectively shuts away your criminal record from prying eyes. Anyone who wants to access your criminal record will either need a warrant or already have permission to view it, such as a law enforcement officer or a public licensing agency. After a criminal mark or conviction is successfully expunged, you will have the legal right to tell all those who ask that you were never convicted of or arrested for that criminal offense. In effect, you can behave as if it never happened.
- Gainful future: Employers, landlords, educational institutions, and lending houses or banks tend to not accept applications from people with criminal records. After you expunge your criminal record, you can expect noticeable improvements to your life in these regards, such as being able to land gainful employment.
- Peace of mind: Most people who file for expungement do so just to gain a sense of security once more. It helps knowing that your past is put behind you and no longer an issue. You may also find that your reputation among family, friends, coworkers, and community members improves after expungement.
The benefits of expungement are many. With the help of Ms. Bell, you do not even need to worry about the complicated legal process of expungement, nor about convincing a judge or administrator to approve your expungement. You can rest easy knowing that your case will be in her capable, experienced, and reputable hands.
Contact Ms. Bell now to learn if you are eligible for expungement during a free consultation.