When an individual is convicted of a crime in Connecticut, they can receive a criminal record that can follow them for the rest of their life. A criminal record can impact an individual’s future and reputation. Due to this, it may be difficult for them to receive a job, loans, education, housing, and more.
However, certain records can be expunged in Connecticut. To learn more about expungement in Connecticut and how to know if your record can be expunged, continue reading and contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Bloomfield & Hartford, CT.
What is expungement?
When a person is convicted of a certain crime, they can ask the court to remove the mark from their record in Connecticut. This is known as expungement. Expunging a record means that the arrest and conviction can only be viewed by certain agencies including the federal authorities. An individual who has their record expunged has the opportunity to live with a clean slate and have a fresh start for their future.
Can I expunge my criminal record in Connecticut?
Not all crimes can be expunged in Connecticut. Arrest records, criminal charges, and convictions can be expunged as long as they meet certain criteria. In the event of the following, a criminal record may be expunged:
- The case was dismissed
- The case was put on hold at least 13 months prior to filing and there was no prosecution or other disposition of the matter
- The individual was charged with a crime but not found guilty
- The charges against the individual were dropped at least 13 months prior to filing
Records can be expunged with a Petition for Erasure in situations of juvenile crimes. Adult expungements are known as an absolute pardon and are generally expunged when the appeal deadlines expire. When an individual is convicted of a crime that was later decriminalized, this can also call for a Petition for Erasure.
After the following waiting periods, expungement pardons are available:
- Three years for a misdemeanor conviction
- Five years for a felony conviction
If you are looking into having your record expunged, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Bloomfield & Hartford, CT who can assist you with the process ahead. Our legal team at Marc N. Needelman is prepared to advocate for you and your future.
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