A criminal record can affect many aspects of your life in Virginia and sometimes you may wish this record would disappear so you can have a clean start. In some situations, you may be able to get this start if a court expunges your record. At Robert F. Rider, PLC, we understand the importance of helping you know if this option is open to you.
If you want an expungement, your situation typically needs to meet certain requirements. According to FindLaw, you may be eligible for an expungement if it has been a long time since the incident took place. A court may also look at the rest of your record to examine other offenses and their severity. You may qualify for an expungement if you have few incidents on your record or if the incident took place when you were a minor. Additionally, the nature of an offense determines whether you might get an expungement. A court may be more likely to remove offenses from your record if the incidents are more minor.
It is important to understand that while you may qualify for an expungement, the process may sometime be a bit different if you have sex offenses on your record. You may still need to follow Virginia's reporting and registration requirements even if a court removes or seals the records.
Sometimes you may be able to have your record expunged if you received a pardon after your conviction. An expungement may also be applicable if your charges were dropped or a court ruled you were not guilty. If you think your situation meets these requirements, it is a good idea to consider your options. You can find more information about this subject on our webpage.