Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? At George J. West & Associates, we are here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. We are dedicated advocates with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.
Our attorneys help hundreds of clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. We have a thorough understanding of Rhode Island criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal area courts, and we use our knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage. Trust our lawyers to diligently work for you.
A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:
Many states have waiting period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expungement until a certain period of time has passed, and others will only expunge a first offense from your record.
Do not let a lapse in judgment or wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Instead, contact George J. West & Associates to discuss having your record expunged. Reach out to our Providence, Rhode Island office online or at 401-868-1183 to schedule a consultation with a seasoned criminal defense attorney.