Expungement in Kentucky
An expungement may clear your criminal history. Convictions for crimes will stay with you for the rest of your life. Even though you’ve paid the fine or served the time, employers, schools and other institutions will see a record of those charges if a background check is performed. Criminal charges can have an adverse impact on your ability to maintain your current job, seek new employment or enroll in some educational programs. Fortunately, there is a way to erase many of these charges from your record.
The law provides a process called “expungement.” When your lawyer expunges your record, little, if any, of the evidence of the charge(s) will be found. It’s a valuable tool to help you to move forward and pursue new opportunities for your life.
If all the charges were dismissed against you, I can seek to expunge your record 60 days after the dismissal of your charges. If you pled guilty to a misdemeanor and have no other criminal record, I can prepare a motion and order to expunge your misdemeanor record five years after a finding of guilt.
The Kentucky expungement process enables your attorney to clear your record of both misdemeanors and some felonies, provided certain guidelines are met. Additionally, some felony pleas and sentencing orders may allow you to expunge a felony after you successfully complete a diversion program or probation.
As a Louisville criminal defense attorney, I’ve successfully represent hundreds of clients in court. Even if you’ve been found not-guilty, the actual charge can remain on your record – which is often overlooked. I encourage my clients to actively seek having any eligible charges expunged. You never know when those issues could come back to bite you.
I handle expungements in Louisville, the surrounding counties and can arrange to work with other attorneys, throughout Kentucky.
Expungement Can Help You Get a Job
Before you apply for your next job or submit an application for school, you should contact a Louisville expungement attorney to see what can be to ensure your record is cleared. Even mistakes you made as a young adult can have a lasting impact on your life. The process takes a little time. As with the entire legal system, nothing happens overnight. Make sure you begin the expungement process well before you plan to apply for the next opportunity.
It’s hard enough to get ahead without the weight of a criminal history to hold you back. You don’t have to be a victim of your past.