A record of any kind can wreak havoc on your employable future. An arrest creates a record of an alleged offense even if the matter is eventually dismissed. Background checks during the job application process are where the damaging records comes into play. A criminal record or prior arrest may prevent you from achieving life goals including finding stable employment and attending school.
Fortunately, these matters can often be erased through the process of expungement. Expungement is the judicial process in the US used to remove certain criminal offenses, arrest records, and juvenile records from public view.
How Do I Expunge A Record In Mississippi?
The expungement process requires the submission of a petition for expunction. If the court deems your petition appropriate, they will expunge your record and legally allow you to proclaim that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime. However, Mississippi law prevents complete destruction of your criminal record. If you apply for a professional license, a law enforcement position, or the military, you must fully disclose all prior convictions.
Furthermore, there are limitations to what can and cannot be expunged in Mississippi. The following offenses are crimes that can be expunged from your record:
- Drug possession
- Simple assault
- Resisting arrest
- Disturbing the peace
- Bad check offenses
- False pretenses
- Malicious mischief
If your petition is denied, there’s still a chance your record won’t be permanently stained. After denial, you may apply to the parole board for a pardon. The parole board will investigate your application and make recommendations to the governor. The governor ultimately has the final say on your pardon petition.
Why Hire An Expungement Attorney?
Expungement forms are readily available online for anyone to download and petition themselves. However, the laws and processes surrounding expungement are in a constant state of change. An experienced expungement attorney can help you determine whether or not your circumstances warrant expungement, or if a pardon is a viable option. Should you apply on your own and mess up the petition, fixing it later will be double the cost. Don’t allow a mistake to prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Contact an experienced expungement attorney today to find out if you’re eligible for expungement.
Why Hire William Housley?
William Housley is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced expungement attorney. William has over a decade of experience in criminal law. His commitment and determination will ensure your petition is seen all the way through from start to finish. Please contact William Wayne Housley at 662-346-2069 to discuss your options.