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Expunging Your Record

A criminal record can greatly affect a person’s life. Employers and landlords are often reluctant to participate with people who have been convicted of a criminal offense, and this could hurt a person’s future quality of life. However, virtually every state has enacted laws that give people the option to have arrests and convictions expunged from their public record. Every state varies in eligibility rules for expungement, but in most cases, once expunged, the public will not be informed of your past criminal history.

How Long Will It Take For You Record to be Expunged

The state of Massachusetts has different waiting periods for sealing records. Charges that can be sealed immediately include:

  • Dismissals
  • Acquittals
  • First-time drug possession convictions

Some convictions have longer waiting periods before they are eligible to be sealed, however if subsequent convictions occurring during this waiting period, the clock restarts. These include:

  • Juvenile convictions – 3 years
  • Misdemeanor convictions – 5 years
  • Felony convictions – 10 years

Finally, there are certain crimes that can never be sealed from public record. These include:

  • Firearm offenses
  • Any conviction resulting in registration as a sex offender

When you are granted expungement, you are protected during routing pre-employment background checks and can feel secure in your future home and job searches. If you think you are eligible for expungement, contact a Cape Cod criminal defense attorney for guidance.

Contact a Cape Cod Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you know is looking for a fresh start from an impending criminal history, contact James Powderly, Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney, at (508) 343-0676 for more information on expungement.