Expungement Of Criminal Records

Expungement of Criminal Records

As if making it in America isn’t tough enough, now you’ve got a criminal record. Perhaps, it was a crime you committed as a teen, or maybe just a mistake from your past. A criminal record can make necessary survival tasks, like finding gainful employment or getting financing, next to impossible. Sometimes, your only option is to try to get your criminal record expunged. Expungement of criminal records isn’t possible in every situation, so your first step should be talking to a criminal defense attorney with experience in getting records expunged. An expungement of criminal records can make your life a lot easier. If you’re considering having your records expunged, contact an attorney about your options.

Living With a Criminal Record

Living with a criminal record in Mississippi is tough. Whether you’re trying to rent an apartment or apply for a professional license, your options may be limited with a criminal record. Your future and your life shouldn’t have to be impacted by one mistake. Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody has those mistakes entered into court records that follow them around for life. If you’re having trouble living with your criminal record, you need to speak with a lawyer who has experience with criminal record expungement as soon as possible to get your case going. Whether it was a drug offense or something stupid you did as a juvenile, the sooner you talk to a lawyer, the faster you can get the process going.

Getting Your Criminal Record Expunged

Getting your criminal record expunged should be a top priority. Even if you have a good job, a roof over your head and few other issues to worry about, there’s no telling when your criminal record is going to pop up and become a problem. Perhaps, a promotion involves an application for a certain professional license that requires a background check. What if you have to move out of state for reasons outside of your control? Just because your criminal record isn’t a problem today, doesn’t mean it won’t be tomorrow.

Eligibility for Criminal Record Expungement

In Mississippi, there are a variety of different eligibility requirements if you want to get your criminal records expunged. The rules for crimes committed by juveniles are different than those for adults. Additionally, not all types of crimes can be expunged. Most violent crimes committed by adults can’t be expunged or sealed. If you’re not sure about your eligibility for record expungement, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney about your particular case. Many misdemeanor nonviolent crimes can be expunged in Mississippi, but only a few felony offenses can be expunged. Your lawyer can help you decide what the best path is for your particular case.

Felony Offenses That Can Be Expunged in Mississippi

  • Larceny
  • Bad checks
  • Shoplifting
  • Malicious mischief
  • False pretences
  • Controlled substance possession

Juvenile Offenses

Most teens do stupid stuff, thankfully, many of them don’t have to live with their childhood mistakes following them around for the rest of their lives. If you’re one of the unlucky teens with a criminal records, the parent of a teen with a criminal record or an adult who made a mistake as a juvenile, you need to talk to a lawyer about getting your records expunged. There are separate proceedings for juvenile records, so bring up the details of your particular case with your lawyer, so you can both decide on the best course of action.

The Limits of Criminal Records Expungement in Mississippi

It’s important to note that getting your record expunged doesn’t make it magically disappear. While your quality of life and options will most likely be dramatically better after criminal records expungement, there are still some agencies that can access your records under certain circumstances. For example, if you plan to join the military, they will be able to check your old criminal records, even after expungement. Employment in the law enforcement sector is another example where your record would be accessed. Technically, your records will still exist, they just won’t be accessible to the average Joe, potential employer or banker.

Jackson Criminal Records Expungement Lawyer

If your criminal record is negatively impacting your life, it’s time to do something about it. The sooner you talk to a criminal defense attorney, the sooner the wheels can start turning. If you’re interested in expungement of criminal records in and around the Jackson Metro area, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys know that your livelihood is on the line. Whether you’re having trouble getting a job or escaping the stigma of a criminal history, contact our office today about criminal records expungement.


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