How To Get Your Record Expunged in Missouri
Due to a new bill signed in June 2016, Missourians that have been convicted of certain crimes and have completed probation now have a better chance of expunging their records and moving on with their lives.
The new law significantly reduces the waiting period for wiping clean criminal records for misdemeanors and felonies, but also extends the lists of crimes that can be granted a felony expungement.
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to get your record expunged under the new Missouri law.
The Crimes Eligible for a Record Expungement
Under the old law, only a few felonies and a small number of misdemeanors are eligible for a criminal record expungement. The new law makes over 1900 offenses eligible for expungement. Some of the most popular crimes that are eligible for expungement include:
- Most drug offenses (Misdemeanors and Felonies)
- Stealing Offenses
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Most Misdemeanors, including common assault
- Most C and D Felonies
The Missouri legislator has also made it clear that marijuana-related crimes, such as possession or consumption will also be eligible for expungement.
Requirement for Record Expungement
Under the current law, people must wait twenty years for felonies and seven for misdemeanors since they’ve completed their sentence to be able to make a case for expunging their criminal record.
The waiting time is seven years for felonies and only three years for misdemeanors. That’s excellent news for those eager to forget their criminal history and start life with a clean slate.
However, you must meet the following criteria to become eligible for expungement:
- You mustn’t have any new convictions or pending penalties (including traffic regulations) during the waiting period;
- You must have paid all your restitution from your offense;
- The expungement must be consistent with public welfare;
- You must prove that you are not a threat to the public safety of the state of Missouri;
What Happens After Your Record Is Expunged
Once your record is expunged, all the files and documents related to the criminal will be sealed or destroyed. An individual will no longer face most of the restrictions that were placed after the conviction.
Missouri expungement law states an individual will be returned to the status they held before the expunged crime had taken place. In other words, a time machine returning an individual to their position before the arrest.
Record expungement means a second chance to a life without the stigma of a criminal record. Those who benefit from an expungement can enjoy the same rights as their peers, have the same job opportunities.
Although the new law makes it a bit easier for people to restore their lives, navigating through the legislative maze can still be pretty difficult. An expungement lawyer can help you in this endeavor.
At Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, we specialize in guiding clients through the expungement process. Our firm is considered one of the state leaders in expungements, having lectured across the state and assisting other attorneys in their expungements.