If you’ve been convicted of a crime and want to ensure that it doesn’t have a detrimental impact on your life for years to come, a qualified Terre Haute record sealing attorney can help you put your past in the past.
When a potential employer or landlord needs to perform a background check, they’re looking for past criminal charges or convictions. If your record reflects poorly, this could severely influence your ability to obtain a quality education, gainful employment, and affordable housing.
Your past mistakes shouldn’t follow you for the rest of your life. A Terre Haute record sealing lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm can help. We are dedicated to assisting people get their record sealed so that your charges or convictions don’t effectively ruin your life for years to come.
Requirements to Seal a Criminal Record
If you are interested in sealing your record, you’ll need to be aware of the requirements for doing so. First, you must file a petition with the court. To be eligible to file, a minimum of one year must have passed since you were arrested or completed the penalties associated with a conviction.
If your petition to get your record sealed is approved, your record will no longer show negative history when a company or individual needs to conduct a background check. Similarly, your previous record will be unavailable to the public.
It’s worth noting that just because you want to get your record sealed doesn’t mean your petition will be approved. There are a number of different reasons why the courts might determine that you are not entitled to a sealed record. A qualified record sealing attorney can help determine whether your case could be eligible for sealed records.
Crimes Deemed Ineligible for Sealed Records
One of the first mistakes people make when requesting a record be sealed is filing the request before the eligible time frame. Other reasons your petition could be denied include if you have existing criminal charges, or if you were convicted of any of the following crimes:
- Sex crimes
- Human trafficking
As with most legal cases, there are exceptions that can be granted. For example, if you were charged with a misdemeanor, or if this was your first offense, you might be eligible to have your record sealed. Your lawyer can examine your case to ascertain whether you qualify to have your records sealed and, if eligible, help you file a petition.
Reach Out to a Terre Haute Record Sealing Attorney
When you’re ready to leave your past behind, a highly trained Terre Haute record sealing lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm can help. We will work tirelessly to have your prior charges and/or convictions sealed so that you can move on with your life.
To schedule your no-obligation consultation today, fill out the brief contact form we’ve provided at the bottom of this page or call our office directly at 1-812-232-7400.