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Will expungement help your career?

No matter who you are, criminal charges against you can arise when you least expect it. Sometimes, a matter that you thought was buried deep in your past comes back to haunt you just when you thought you were in the clear, perhaps at some point during the job interview process, or while seeking a professional license.

The good news is that the law does provide a mechanism to remove portions of your criminal record through expungement, if you follow the proper procedures and qualify for it. Expungement is a powerful tool and can help open doors that a pesky old conviction keeps closed.

However, it is crucial to understand that expungement has some strict limitations you must take into account as you build your legal strategy.

No matter what you hope to achieve, building a strong legal strategy is essential. These matters are complex and often depend on following guidelines and processes that are not intuitive or easy to navigate.

Do you qualify for expungement?

Expungement is a powerful tool, so the legal system controls how it gets used. Before you seek an expungement, it is wise to understand whether expungement is possible or even useful in your case. If, for instance, you have concerns about a matter that occurred while you were a legal minor, you may not need expungement at all.

Juvenile records are not typically available to the public, so you should not have problems with juvenile convictions once you move into legal adulthood, unless the crime is serious.

On the other end of the spectrum, some crimes, such as violent felonies, do not typically qualify for expungement at all. While you may have other legal options to help overcome this hurdle, you must examine the specifics of your circumstances carefully through the eyes of the law. Each case is different, so there is no solution that fits for everyone.

Expungement is not repeatable

If you do succeed in expunging your record, you cannot typically repeat the process later on. While expungement is a powerful tool, its uses are tightly limited. Make sure that you understand the implications of any legal strategy that you choose before moving forward.

Often, expungement works under convoluted state-specific laws that require separate actions for separate results. For instance, if you have some charges dismissed, portions of them still remain on your record and require expungement to be cleared completely.

Don't gamble with your future, no matter what it may look like from your current vantage point. Make sure to build a strong legal strategy to keep your rights and priorities safe while you work to resolve your legal issues and move forward with a promising career.

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