Whenever you are charged with a criminal offense, it goes on your record.
And, even though the charges against you may have been dropped, there is no definite guarantee that those charges will not remain on your record and hurt and haunt you in the future.
Sometimes you need to seek for an expungement of your criminal record.
Expungement is a process by which a record is officially erased or removed after a defendant was not convicted. Virginia has strict requirements which govern who is eligible to have a criminal record expunged.
A knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney can help you with the entire process of expungement.
Some of the most common motivations to seek for expungemnet are:
- Trying to obtain employment that requires security clearance
- Seeking to adopt a child
- Wanting to have a clear record
In order to have an expungement of your records, you must file a civil law suit against the Commonwealth of Virginia. The outcome of this action will depend upon how well your case was prepared and presented.
That is why you need an attorney such a Jason Swango that has the experience and skill necessary to get you the results you want.
You may be eligible for expungement IF:
- You were acquitted
- The prosecution dropped the case
- You received a formal pardon from the state governor
If the crime in question was your first offense, then your attempt for expungement has a great chance of success with the proper legal representation.
Once your record is expunged, you will no longer have to live with that mark on your record.
Any criminal defendant that pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain or that was convicted of the crime they were charged with will not be eligible to sue for expungement.
If you are seeking for expungement, you need to contact the law offices of Swango Law P.C. today by calling (757) 227-5315 or simply fill out the information on this page and someone will get back to you shortly.