Monday, May 5, 2014

Expungement: Why You Need One

Expungements are a beautiful thing.

There aren’t many of us who didn’t engage in some sort of youthful indiscretion in high school, college, or a couple years ago at Churchill.  Most of us share that common thread.  But we’ve moved on.  Grown up.  Made the conscious decision to walk the straight and narrow.  We’re going to be better.

Fortunately for you and for me, the law offers us a little shake to the etch-a-sketch of our criminal histories.  An expungement will allow us to wipe that slate clean, as if those youthful indiscretions never ever happened.

Why do I need an expungement if I got a Dismissal?  Good question and I’m glad you asked it.  Dismissals mean that someone doesn’t have any further punishment under the law, and does not stand convicted of a crime.  However, that does NOT mean that the criminal history goes away.  It is not erased.

Let’s say, for example, you try to get a new job.  Some places ask if you’ve been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime.  Other places specifically ask whether you have been CHARGED with a crime.  If you have a case that was dismissed, but not expunged, that kind of place will be able to find out that you were charged with a crime years ago, even though it was dismissed.  If you get an expungement done, they will not find any such thing on your record.

If you want something “erased” in Kentucky, expungement is the only way to go.  It is a cheap and easy process, and you should call me today at 502-618-4949 to make sure that you qualify for the process.

Recently, there have been some changes to the procedure of expungement – there is another step or 2 involved, and it takes another couple weeks to complete.  If you’d like to know the details on that, feel free to give me a call at the above number.

Have a phenomenal week.

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