Virginia has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to the clearing of one?s criminal history. While it is more difficult in the Commonwealth to expunge or ?seal? a criminal record, there are instances in which one can do so. There are many benefits to sealing criminal arrest records. Doing so, for example, can greatly improve one?s chances of passing a background check. A Roanoke criminal defense lawyer can help you understand whether you are eligible for the process.
Attorney Cerid Lugar handles the expungement of arrest records and eligible charges. She has been practicing law for over a decade and takes pride in the level of service she provides to clients. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact Lugar Law PC today at (540) 384-0348.
Expungement in Virginia
The terms ?expungement? and ?sealing? are sometimes used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Virginia is a state which allows for expungement of arrest and criminal charges records under certain circumstances. Expunging your history means that all records related to an arrest or charge will be destroyed, and the event will be considered to have never occurred. This will allow one to truthfully answer ?no? when they are asked if they have ever been arrested. For obvious reasons, this has great benefit to those who are applying for employment, housing, or are otherwise trying to pass a background check.
Virginia allows for the expungement of arrest records if you were acquitted at trial, arrested and never charged with a crime, or if the charges against you were dismissed. The latter of these scenarios refers to instances in which the prosecution initially filed charges, but elected to dismiss them before a trial (nolle prosse), or the entry of a plea deal (nolle prossequi). Arrest records generally may not be expunged when the charges are dismissed as the result of deferred adjudication.
Convictions may only be expunged under rare circumstances. Another option is to petition for a pardon from the Governor. There are many instances, however, in which individuals are hindered by an arrest record which is eligible for sealing. Completing the process of clearing such a record can be complicated, and a lawyer can assist you in doing so.
What Can I Expect From the Expungement Process?
Attorney Cerid Lugar is a Virginia expungement attorney helping people clear their past criminal records. During an initial consultation of your case, she will help you determine whether you are eligible to clear your criminal history. She will gather all the documents required to begin the process. Your petition will promptly be filed with the court, and the necessary entities will be notified. Attorney Lugar will attend any required hearings, argue against any objections to your petition, and help you distribute the order once the petition has been granted.
Do You Have Questions About Expungement? Call Us Today
Having an arrest record can be difficult due to the issues it causes for people who are attempting to pass a background check or cannot be promoted because of company policy on eligibility. If you have found yourself in such a situation, then you have enough to worry about. The level of service you receive from your attorney should not be another cause for concern. Lugar Law PC prioritizes lawyer-client communication. This includes promptly responding to messages and ensuring that all your questions get answered. Attorney Cerid Lugar is ready to assist you – regardless of whether you need to expunge arrest records for a misdemeanor or a felony.