We have all made mistakes, both big and small, and we are deserving of second chances. This is the case, even when it pertains to a criminal record. Though you may have been young and foolish when you obtained a criminal record, no matter how minor, a criminal record can follow you throughout your life, impacting where you can live as well as the jobs for which you are hired and your chances to adopt a child or obtain federal assistance. This can be very frustrating, especially when you are trying to change your and your family’s lives for the better. Fortunately, depending on your situation, you may be able to receive an expungement of your criminal record. If you or a love has a criminal record that you would like expunged, contact an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to help you navigate through the process.
Expungement in Maryland
Expungement is the legal process by which a former crime that is on your record is sealed from public view or destroyed completely if you meet certain requirements. These records can include police reports, court records, motor vehicle administration files, as well court recordings. However, in Maryland, not all crimes within your criminal record can be expunged. In Maryland, you can seek expungement if you have been arrested or detained by an officer but have not been charged with a crime, you have been convicted of a crime that is not considered a violent crime, if your crime was prior to 1975, you have been acquitted of a crime, you were pardoned by the Governor of Maryland, or if you have been convicted of a crime that is considered a Nuisance Crime.
Even though you may be eligible for an expungement based on the above crimes, there are still specific requirements regarding when and how your record can be expunged. Because the goal of expungement is to help you create a better future for yourself, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal law attorney to determine whether the crimes you have been charged with are eligible for expungement.
Need Legal Advice?
Having a criminal record can affect your life on many levels. However, depending on your circumstances, your criminal record does not have to follow you forever. Here at Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman, PA, we can help you determine whether your criminal record can be expunged, and then walk you through the process. If you or a loved one have a criminal record that you would like expunged, contact our office today for a consultation.