When you have a criminal record, your opportunities are limited. In most cases, employers have the right to perform background checks on prospective employees, and they may not hire you based on what they find. They may ask you outright if you have a criminal record, and you must answer truthfully.
- Your ability to get a job and your earning potential may be impacted by a charge on your criminal record—even without a conviction.
- Child custody, adoption, rentals, leases, and certain professional licenses may also be affected if you have a record.
Expungement offers the opportunity to clear your criminal record. You can legally answer “no” when asked if you have a record, and you can face better opportunities and a brighter future.
Call (573) 995-4077 or contact our firm online to discuss your case with our Jefferson City expungement lawyer today. Your consultation is confidential.
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Criminal Offenses That are Ineligible for Expungement in Missouri
Certain crimes cannot be expunged in the state of Missouri. This offenses include:
- Class A felonies
- Certain dangerous felonies
- Felonies that require registration as a sex offender
If you want to know whether your record can be cleared, we recommend contacting our office for a consultation. We can answer your questions and help you understand your rights and options regarding expungement.
Requirements for Expungement
In Missouri, expungement may be possible for certain crimes, including both misdemeanors and felonies. While there used to be only about a dozen offenses eligible for expungement, as of the time of this writing, about 1,900 may qualify.
There are time restrictions one must follow when petitioning for expungement
- For misdemeanors, at least one year must have passed
- For felonies, at least three years must have passed before you can petition for expungement
What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Missouri?
The following are examples of offenses that may be expunged in Missouri:
- Parental kidnapping
- Invasion of privacy
- Failure to pay child support
- Gambling and lottery offenses
- Burglary in the 2nd degree
- Misdemeanor theft
- Public intoxication
- Resisting arrest
- Boating while intoxicated
- Drug possession
- Drug distribution
- Drug paraphernalia offenses
- Drug manufacturing
- Animal abuse
- Dog fighting
Once a petition is filed, the state will have 30 days to file an objection. A hearing will be set within a few weeks or so, at which point the petitioner can present their case. Once an expungement order is granted, the offense will be cleared from the petitioner’s record and any rights lost will be restored.
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