Individuals who are convicted of a crime in Connecticut can receive a criminal record. This can follow a person for the rest of their life, impacting their future and reputation. It is because of this that it is often difficult for a person with a criminal record to receive a job, education, loans, housing, and more. The state of Connecticut recognizes this and allows certain records to be expunged. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.
What is Expungement?
Connecticut law allows a person who is convicted of a certain crime to ask the court to remove the mark from their record. This is known as expungement. When a person has their record expunged, the arrest and conviction can only be viewed by certain agencies. This can include the federal authorities. By having a record expunged, the individual has the opportunity to live with a clean slate and have a fresh start for their future.
Can I Expunge My Criminal Record?
It is important to know that not all crimes can be expunged in Connecticut. The law allows arrest records, criminal charges, and convictions to be expunged as long as they meet certain criteria. A criminal record may be expunged in the event of the following:
- The individual was charged with a crime but not found guilty
- The case was dismissed
- The charges against the individual were dropped at least 13 months prior to filing
- The case was put on hold at least 13 months prior to filing and there was no prosecution or other disposition of the matter
In situations of juvenile crimes, records can be expunged with a Petition for Erasure. Adult expungements are known as an absolute pardon and are generally expunged when the appeal deadlines expire. Those who are convicted of a crime that was later decriminalized can also call for a Petition for Erasure. Expungement pardons are available after the following waiting periods:
- Three years for a misdemeanor conviction
- Five years for a felony conviction
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