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An expungement can help you deal with your criminal record

It may be years after you had a run-in with the law or did time, and you have since become a law-abiding citizen. However, the fact that you have a criminal past can prevent you from leading a fulfilling life. When your criminal history shows up in a background check, it may be hard to take advantage of some opportunities that come your way or make headway in some of your plans. Fortunately, your situation may not be permanent. It may be possible to expunge your criminal record and get a clean slate. This could drastically improve your quality of life, as explained below.

What will an expungement do?

When a criminal record is expunged, it is sealed from public view. Therefore, if a potential employer or landlord runs a background check on you, the expunged record will not show up. In addition, you do not have to disclose that you have a criminal history when asked. Getting a job or leasing a property will be much easier with a clean record. You can also apply for education scholarships, unlike before when a criminal record could hold you back. An expungement also removes the stigma and negative perceptions of having a criminal past.

Will an expungement work for you?

If you are considering an expungement, it is worthwhile to learn more about how it all works. First, not everyone is eligible. It all boils down to the specifics of your offenses and other unique circumstances regarding your case. There is also a mandatory waiting period that may apply before your record can be expunged. Therefore, it is best to seek informed guidance on whether an expungement will work for you and what you need to get started.

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