In 2018, a new expungement law went into effect in Missouri that made a significant amount of criminal guilty pleas or convictions eligible for expungement, which is a court order to close the records of a case. Prior to 2018, very few criminal cases were eligible for expungement. Since the new expungement law, there have also been additional modifications to the law to allow even more crimes to be expunged.
All of these changes are extremely valuable for those who have prior criminal guilty pleas or convictions. For example, perhaps an employer rejected an employment application because a background check showed a conviction. Expungement is a potential solution because if the records are closed, employers will no longer find out about the prior criminal case, subject to certain restrictions.
To obtain an expungement, it begins with a Petition for Expungement in Circuit Court and then involves serving the appropriate parties and potentially a contested hearing. Consult with an expungement lawyer to ensure the process proceeds smoothly and to ensure your rights are being not only protected, but also enforced. The Lowry Law Firm’s expungement lawyers are familiar with the expungement law, as well as the petition and expungement process.
Even if individuals do not have a guilty plea or conviction, but merely have an arrest they want expunged, that is possible, too. To see if your case qualifies for expungement or to inquire about any restrictions on the effects of an expungement, contact the expungement attorneys at The Lowry Law Firm. They will evaluate whether you qualify to expunge your misdemeanor or felony, or qualify for a DWI expungement.
The Lowry Law Firm’s expungement attorneys handle expungements in the following counties: