If you have a prior criminal conviction, getting a fresh start can be challenging. But a new Missouri expungement law that went into effect in 2018 makes it easier for many people to do just that.
Here are a few important details of the law you’ll want to keep in mind before speaking with a qualified attorney about your case.
Not all offenses qualify for expungement. The following crimes are currently excluded under Missouri law:
Your petition for expungement must be filed in the same court in which you were charged or found guilty of charges.
Your petition must name as defendants the following individuals or entities you believe to have records pertaining to your case:
Defendants have 30 days to object to the expungement, and the court must hold a hearing within 60 days of an objection being filed. If no objection is filed within 30 days of your petition, the court may set a hearing and give reasonable notice to all interested parties.
Missouri courts will consider the following forms of evidence when considering a petition for expungement:
A successful expungement means that you may legally answer “no” to most employers who ask if you have ever been convicted of a criminal offense.
Be aware that some types of employment still require disclosure of a past conviction or expungement, including:
Do you have a prior conviction that may be holding you back as you seek to find the right job for building the new life you seek?
Contact Eng & Woods for a free consultation. Our expungement attorneys will help you determine whether the new expungement law could benefit you and help you navigate the petition process.