At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we understand that people sometimes make mistakes that lead them into various interactions with law enforcement that result in an arrest, criminal charges, and the stigma that comes with having a criminal record. We are familiar with the many consequences of having a criminal record, which is why we are committed to helping eligible clients expunge their records so they can get a solid footing on their lives and overcome the limitations and obstacles that once held them back. Below, we explain three reasons why expunging your criminal record can improve your future.
#1: Better Employment Opportunities
One of the greatest benefits of having your record expunged is that you can legally answer "no" during an interview or on an application if an employer asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime. No longer having to answer “yes” to this critical question can help you stand out from other job candidates based on your merit, not your criminal history. Certain types of jobs bar convicted individuals from holding professional licenses or certifications that are necessary to qualify for higher-paying positions. But with an expunged record, you can explore a wider range of career options that require professional licenses or certifications.
#2: Your Record Will Be Sealed
Expungement will result in a court order that treats your criminal conviction as if it had never happened. The plea will be changed to not guilty and your record will indicate that the case has been dismissed. This means police reports, fingerprints, booking photos, and rap sheet entries for the conviction or arrest will be deleted. When it comes to most background checks, your criminal record won’t show up.
#3: Regain Control of Your Finances
A criminal conviction can hurt your finances by negatively impacting your credit ratings, housing and loan applications, and student loan eligibility. If you expunge your record, you won't be held back by questions regarding your past crimes on credit and loan applications.
It is important to note that not every person is eligible for expungement. The process for sealing your record is also complicated if you aren’t familiar with this area of criminal law, which is why you should consult with our lawyers at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP today to discuss the details of your case.
To find out if you are eligible for record expungement, please give us a call today at (800) 462-7160 or contact us online.