Providing Guidance Through The Process Of Clearing Your Criminal Record
After you have been convicted of a crime, that conviction will stay with you throughout the entirety of your life on your criminal record. This record is accessible by the public, including landlords, employers, financial institutions, family members and neighbors. Your criminal record can negatively impact your life in many ways.
However, there is a way for your criminal record to be cleared. The process is called expungement, and The Law Office Of Michael T. Winters in Lancaster can help. With over 25 years of criminal law experience, attorney Mike Winters is an exceptional ally in the process of clearing your criminal record. He can help you understand all the aspects of expungement, how it can be completed and what a clear record may mean for you.
Seeking An Expungement
The process begins by working with Mike Winters to obtain the record of your entire criminal history. Upon review of this information, he can educate you on which crimes can and should be expunged. Many misdemeanor matters and summary convictions can be expunged. And, depending on the disposition of your original charge, even a felony may be expunged.
Once a petition for expungement has been filed, a judge will review the petition, your criminal history information, and any other factors that may be relevant to the case. In some cases, a hearing may be required to show how drastically the criminal record has affected your ability to have a steady income, the severity of the offense, how damaging the record has been to your reputation, and other factors. If the judge approves the petition, your record will be expunged.
Some Crimes Can Never Be Expunged
While many cases are able to be completely cleared from your record, such as a DUI, there are several situations in which the expungement petition will never be approved. Mike Winters is highly knowledgeable of what can and cannot be cleared, and he can explain any options you have if expungement cannot be completed in your case.
The below cases are situations in which an expungement would not be possible:
- The sexual abuse of minors
- Any conviction that required you to register as a sex offender
- Someone was found to be impersonating an officer or another public servant
- Four or more convictions with jail time of one or more years for each conviction