It is understandable that one wishes to put their past behind them. Unfortunately, those who have been through the criminal justice system are not always able to do so. Having a criminal record can result in not being able to pass a background check, difficulty in finding employment, disqualification from professional licenses, as well as other problems. These problems can even exist for those who were arrested but not convicted of a crime as the arrest will still appear on the history. Fortunately, Kentucky allows for the expungement of certain criminal records. Going through this process will erase your Kentucky criminal history and make it as if the offense never occurred. An experienced attorney can assist you in determining whether you are eligible for an expungement and can also assist in making sure that the process is handled correctly and efficiently. Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer assisting with the expungement of criminal records. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville attorney assisting with expunging or “sealing” criminal records
Kentucky allows for the expungement of criminal records. Some may also think of this as “record sealing.” Under KRS Chapter 431 expunged proceedings will “be deemed never to have occurred” and state agencies shall be required to remove the records from their systems. The person expunging their record shall also be free from having to disclose their history on applications for employment. One is eligible to expunge their record if they were arrested but the charge was dismissed. Misdemeanor convictions can be expunged if certain conditions are met. Kentucky recently changed the law to allow for expungement of certain Class D felonies. Dismissals are eligible to be expunged after 60 days. Felony charges that were not indicted or dismissed without prejudice are eligible to be expunged after 12 months. Qualifying misdemeanor and felony convictions are eligible to be expunged 5 years after completion of the sentence or probation. An Expungement Eligibility Certificate must be obtained before a judge can grant expungement. There are also filing fees required for expungement of misdemeanor and felony convictions. Some charges may still be expunged even if the eligibility certificate indicates otherwise. The prosecutor, the victim of the original offense, and other interested parties may object to the Petition. We will fight these objections to persuade the judge to grant expungement. If the Petition is granted, the order of expungement will be circulated to the appropriate state agencies requiring them to remove any records of the incident from their systems. It is important to understand that these procedures must be strictly followed. Failing to do so can result in the Court denying one’s Petition. Certain drug offenses(link) can be sealed under a different procedure. Retaining a lawyer can help to ensure that everything is handled properly.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville criminal defense attorney assisting with the expungement of criminal records. At your initial consultation he will help you determine whether or not you are eligible to clear your history. If you are eligible to do so then he will work quickly towards securing the eligibility certificate and filing your Petition. If required, he will represent you at the Court’s hearing on the matter. He will deal with any objections and work to make sure that your rights remain protected. We understand that you wish to move on with your life. It is our goal to help you do so as quickly as possible. Contact us today.
Defense lawyer providing quality service to Louisville clients requiring an expungement
If you are dealing with a past criminal record then you are already frustrated. You do not need the aggravation of an attorney who provides poor service. Will makes communication with his clients a priority. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he quickly responds to messages and emails, and he makes himself available to address your concerns. He handles all matters in our office personally. This means that you will be dealing with your lawyer and not an associate. We take pride in the service we provide to Louisville residents and this is our promise in every case we handle.