Steps to Expunge a Felony Conviction

A federal conviction can have terrible consequences on a person’s professional life, but only as long as it remains on the official records. The good news is that there’s a way to deal with this issue and it’s called felony expungement. If successful, the applicant’s felony charges will be remove from the official records along with all consequences and burdens that go with them.

Felony expungement is valuable because it keeps potential employers from seeing the felony charges on an ex-felon’s record. Most first time felons are eligible to have their felony status expunged from their record, and unlike clemency (which is granted by the President) expungement is granted by the state governor or by the state’s Pardon Board official.

Because of this, different states have different laws and procedures with regards to expungement, which is why expungement applicants should hire an expungement attorney who is specializes in the expungement eligibility laws of the jurisdiction where their felony or felonies took place. Look for locate attorney’s who specialize in the area of law such as https://www.leversonbudke.com/minnesota-legal-services/expungement-mn

It’s worth mentioning that the expugement process is not easy. Although expungement eligibility is generally forgiving, most state laws can be a little complicated with regards to this issue. There are, for example, expungement eligibility requirements for commercial law crimes, business regulation crimes, drug paraphernalia, family law crimes, health law crimes, unsolicited mailing and many more.

Fortunately, an experienced expungement attorney can help their clients sort out all the complicated issues of their case, and at the same time, advice them on their chances of getting their expungement application approved. More importantly, a good expungement attorney can talk to the representatives of the governor or D.A. on your behalf, so that their clients get consistent updates on their expungement application.

Having said that, it’s worth pointing out that the application process for expungement is fairly straightforward. Although different states have different regulations with regards to expungement, the process is more or less the same across the board. The first step is to file the perition in the jurisdiction or state where the felony was originally carried out. A copy of the expungement petition is then sent to the office of the D.A. of the very same jurisdiction for review.

The District Attorney must then respond to this petition with a recommendation for the jurisdiction’s court. After the DA has responded, the court will then consider the information from both the applicant and the District Attorney, after which they will review them to see if applicant meets the eligibility criteria for expungement.

If expungement is granted to the applicant then all the records pertaining to his or her felony will be sealed except for those which involve publicly available court documents and opinions related to the appeal.

Furthermore, the ex-felon will no longer be legally required to provide any information regarding his or her felony. The only remaining records of the felony will be kept in the nonpublic records of the conviction, which will be kept by the state or local Department of Justice in the event of later legal action.

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