Criminal Records Expungement ~ Dan Robin, Jr.
Expungement (setting aside a criminal arrest record) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is "sealed," or erased in the eyes of the law. The procedure for getting an arrest or conviction expunged will vary state by state and in Louisiana there are a number of criteria by which a criminal record can be sealed and/or destroyed.
A criminal record in the state of Louisiana can be a serious determent to quality of life and can cause problems securing employment, enrolling in schools, and many other areas.
But how do you know if you meet the criteria for expungement? And what are the steps necessary to achieve a criminal record being placed "under seal", so no record appears if a potential employer or educational institution conducts a public records or background inspection?
Some of the benefits of pursuing the expungement process are that an arrest or a criminal conviction ordinarily does not need to be disclosed by the person who was arrested or convicted. In other words, it may allow you to stay "no," to the question, "Have you ever been arrested or convicted?"
If you have had your record expunged, you can answer "no" to this question about your prior arrest. However, there are some exceptions in the area of jobs in law enforcement or medical employment, in which full disclosure is required. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate these rules based on the facts of your case.
Dan Robin, Jr. assist clients regularly with the expungement process. An expungement proceeding can easily be a matter of filing the proper papers, or it may involve a hearing in which the district attorney or arresting agency fights your expungement request. Either way, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help with the expungement process.
Bear in mind that expungement of a record can take up to a year to process and the cost is dependent upon the process. An uncontested request would result in a less expensive cost than one fought hard in a court of law by an opposing attorney or agency.
To find out more about criminal records expungement, contact the law office of Dan Robin, Jr. for a FREE consultation.