When your record is expunged, the court will impound the physical file and delete it from their computers so that it no longer exists. The court will also order that any interested police departments must destroy all records pertaining to that case. Your eligibility to expunge will depend on a number of details relating to your case. Please contact us for a free consultation to determine if you're eligible to expunge.
When your record is sealed, the record will still exist but will be closed off from the public. This means that it will be removed from public electronic records by the court and police agencies. The court will instruct police agencies not to release any information from sealed records. Only a limited number of government agencies are able to access a sealed record. For most people, an expungement or sealing will amount to the same result: no visible record for potential employers. Please contact us for a free consultation to determine if you're eligible to seal.
If you are not eligible to expunge or seal your record, then your only option is to seek a Governor's pardon. If your petition is granted, the pardon will allow you expunge your record despite your initial ineligibility. There are no limitations for who may seek a Governor's pardon. The Bryant Chavez Law Office will represent you throughout the entire process, from beginning to end.
Firearm Rights Restoration
If you have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor offense involving domestic violence, then your rights to own or possess firearms are automatically stripped. In most cases, your firearm rights can be restored by petitioning the court or the State Police, depending on the nature of the conviction. Please contact us for a free consultation to determine if you're eligible to have your firearm rights restored.
Certificate of Good Conduct
A certificate of good conduct is issued by the court for those that demonstrate they have been law-abiding citizens and are fully rehabilitated. The mandatory waiting periods for receiving certificates of good conduct are usually shorter than those for expunging and sealing, so this may be a good option for you if you are ineligible to expunge or seal, and if you are not yet a good candidate for executive clemency. While the certificate does not hide, alter, or destroy your record, it may be helpful in overcoming bars to employment opportunities.
Trusts and Estate Planning
When preparing for the future, it is important the have an attorney you trust to guide you through the estate planning process. The Bryant Chavez Law Office is experienced in drafting planning documents at an affordable rate. Regardless of your financial condition, we can assist you in ensuring that your assets reach where you intend for them to be. For many, a trust will be an effective way to distribute their assets while allowing their loved ones to avoid many of the hurdles and costs of probate court.
Please contact us to inquire further about any of these services.
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