If you’ve ever been arrested, you have a record. If you’ve been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you probably know you have a record. Luckily, if you happened to commit your crime in one of the states that allow you to expunge or clear your criminal past, you should consider some of the benefits below. Each state has their own policy on what qualifies for an expungement but there are some general terms and benefits of applying for a criminal expungement. The terms “expungement” “set-aside” and “record clearing” are generally synonymous in the legal field. Another term is “record sealing.” Record sealing is like an expungement but there are some subtle differences.
Without further ado, let’s examine the top 4 benefits of getting an expungement / set-aside.
Did you know that over 80% of employers conduct a criminal background search on their employee candidates? The number one reason our clients contact us is that they are having trouble getting a job and they need their record expunged so that they can truthfully say that they have never been convicted of a crime. If you’re eligible for an expungement in your state, we highly recommend that you follow through with removing the offense. A criminal record will always hinder your job prospects. Even if you already have a job and have been working there for a long time, new management can come in and do a search on all current employees. To do a background search is fast, easy and affordable for an employer. Do the right thing and get your record expunged ASAP.
- Finding an apartment:
Like employers, landlords routinely do background searches on their potential lessees. If your background shows up as having a conviction or arrest etc, your chances of finding that place to live may not be high. Landlords will more likely see you as not an ideal tenant and may charge a higher rent, require a bigger deposit or unfortunately not even rent you the place.
- Gun rights restoration:
Some states will reinstate your gun rights if your record is expunged. Expunging your record destroys your conviction as if it never happened. So, if you were never convicted of a crime, your gun rights may be reinstated automatically. States differ on their laws about gun rights restoration.
- Peace of mind:
Knowing that your conviction is no longer on your record is a very satisfying relief for many. You can freely apply to jobs and places to live as you know that you don’t have a criminal past holding you back. You won’t have to lie to your friends and family, colleagues or on job applications anymore.
If you, family member or a close friend has a record, please have them contact us for a free initial consultation to see if an expungement / set-aside or record sealing may be beneficial. We are the leading expungement firm in the country. We look forward to hearing from you!