St. Louis Expungement Lawyer
Expungement of Your Criminal Record
The Missouri laws on expungement of your criminal record are quite specific and complex. One portion of the applicable statutes applies to a variety of criminal offenses while another relates only to DWI or
Minor in Possession (MIP) charges. Attorney Brent Labovitz understands that having a criminal record can adversely affect employment, housing and educational opportunities , as well as your reputation. He has dedicated his career exclusively to
criminal defense matters, including his work for a respected Chicago, Illinois criminal defense law firm and his time in the Missouri Public Defender's Office. As a public defender, he was lead counsel on hundreds of criminal cases and knows the effects a record can have on an individual and their family. Along with other attorneys, he works not only on defending those accused of crimes but on helping to get the files of eligible persons expunged.
When your files are expunged, they will be legally destroyed or, in some cases, blackened out. This includes all computer records and electronic files as well as those contained on paper. The final result is that your arrest, plea, trial and conviction will be removed as if they never happened. As with the defense of crimes, it is important to utilize a proven St. Louis criminal defense attorney in order to see your expungement through to a successful completion.
Expungements Attorney in St. Louis
The first step in getting your files expunged is to ensure that you are eligible for this process. In order to qualify, your arrest must have been based on false information and:
- At the time of the action to expunge your files, there exists no probable cause to believe you committed the crime
- Resulting from your arrest, no charges will be pursued
- You have neither prior nor subsequent convictions (either a misdemeanor or felony)
- The imposition of your sentence was not suspended for the crime you were arrested for or for any offense connected to your arrest
- There is no civil action pending which is connected to the arrest or records you are trying to get expunged
New expungements laws in the state of Missouri are allowing more types of charges to be expunged from your criminal record. Following are types of offenses that may now be able to be expunged due to the new law in Missouri. For more information on the new law, view our blog here.
- Felony or midemeanor charges for passing a bad check (570.120), fraudulently stopping payment of and instrument (570.125), or fradulent use of a credit or debit device (570.130).
- Misdemeanor offenses including burning or exploding, tampering in the 2nd dedgree, gambling, private peace disturbance, public intoxication
- Class B or Class C misdemeanor offense involving peace disturbances.
For a DWI or MIP charges, there are specific criteria that must be met in order to get your files expunged. The firm knows what these are, how they may apply to your case and how to go about achieving an expungement of your records. If you are in doubt about whether your files can be expunged, it is best to consult with a knowledgeable attorney as your first course of action.
Contact a St. Louis expungement lawyer
to find out if you are eligible to have your criminal records expunged.