For individuals convicted of minor, non-violent offenses, expungement can wipe the slate clean by eliminating the embarrassing and debilitating effects that a criminal record can have. Erasing your public record can improve your chances of employment or admission into college, and can also improve your credit rating. Further, expungement can lead to greater social acceptance. The new expungement law also restores Second Amendment rights to possess and carry firearms to individuals with certain prior felony convictions.
To be eligible for expungement, those with prior criminal convictions must meet a specific set of requirements. First, only crimes committed after November 1, 1989 are eligible for expungement. Next, not all felonies and misdemeanors can be expunged. The law specifically lists offenses that can be expunged.
If you have been convicted of a crime, talk to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to see if expungement is an option for you.