A criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life, even if you were only charged and convicted with a misdemeanor. Anyone that does a background check on you, including future employers, schools or colleges, apartment managers, and loan officers will be able to see that you have a criminal record and may deny you. In some cases, you may be able to get your record expunged, meaning that your criminal history will be “erased,” and won’t affect your ability to get a job, rent a house, or obtain a professional license.
What Records Can & Can’t Be Expunged?
When Mississippi allows the expungement of criminal records, not all records are included. Public records relating to your arrest, indictment, disposition, trial, and sentencing may be wiped clean. However, certain mental health records or juvenile medical records may not be expunged, nor can implied consent violations and sex offense records. In the event that a record may not be expunged, it may be disseminated, as is the case with sex offense records. Even if not all of your records can be expunged, working with an attorney to get as much off your record as possible can have a positive impact on your life.
Are You Eligible for an Expunction?
Not all individuals with a criminal history are eligible for an expunction, however, many are, including:
- A juvenile whose case was dismissed and no charges are pending
- An adult whose case was dismissed and no charges are pending, with the exception of cases where there were certain drug charges
- An adult who is arrested and convicted for a first offense misdemeanor, with the exception of certain traffic violations
- An adult who was charged with a first or second offense of marijuana possession
- An adult who was charged with certain drug offenses before their 26th birthday and the charges were dismissed
Determining what charges are or are not eligible for expunction can be a complicated process, and requires the expertise of a seasoned attorney who understands Mississippi expunction laws and how they relate to your individual case.
Call Attorney J. Brian Kelley Today
Brian Kelley is a seasoned expunction lawyer that will work hard to help you get your life back after incurring criminal records. You can be confident that you’re in good hands when you contact Attorney Kelley. Call today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (662) 324-3476.