Connecticut Expungement Attorneys
Helping individuals clear their criminal record
Many people who are productive members of society and who live otherwise law-abiding lives have a criminal record. For example, you may have a criminal record as a result of a youthful indiscretion involving alcohol or the use of illicit drugs during a period of experimentation. Perhaps your criminal record may reflect a past life from which you have moved on and would like to put firmly in the past. Fortunately, the law recognizes the fact that many people deserve to put their past behind them and, in some circumstances, allows you to remove negative information from your criminal record through a process called expungement. Expungement pardons are available three years after a conviction for misdemeanor convictions and five years after felony convictions.
Attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas understand how to navigate the criminal justice system and get results. To see if you qualify to have your record expunged in Connecticut, call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000.
Expungement can provide many benefits
When your criminal record is expunged, all records associated with an offense are destroyed and you can legally say that you do not have a criminal record. There are many ways in which an expungement can significantly improve your situation, some of which are detailed below.
- Expungement can help you obtain employment – A background check has become a standard part of the process of screening applicants for many employers. The existence of a criminal record may disqualify you from consideration for a certain position. Even in cases where it does not automatically disqualify you, it certainly will not be an attractive factor to potential employers. When your record is expunged, you are legally able to deny the existence of any criminal record, improving your chances of securing employment.
- Expungement can improve your peace of mind – A criminal record is part of the public record, meaning that it can be accessed by anyone with the motivation to do so. This means that friends, family members, co-workers, or even potential romantic partners could potentially access embarrassing information about your past.
- Expungement can make it easier to rent an apartment – Landlords are increasingly conducting thorough background checks on people who apply to live in their apartments. The existence of a criminal record may make it difficult for you to rent an apartment, which can significantly limit your ability to live where you would like.
- Expungement may improve your chances of getting a loan – Some lenders consider a criminal record an indication that a person may be less likely to pay back a loan and may increase your interest rate or simply deny people who have a criminal record. As a result, expunging your record may help you obtain financing or lower the interest rate that you are offered.
Contact a Connecticut expungement lawyer today to discuss your case
The existence of a criminal record can have a negative impact on your life in a number of ways. Fortunately, it may be possible to have any negative marks on your criminal record removed through the process of expungement. Expungement can be a complicated process, so it is advisable for anyone considering seeking an expungement to enlist the help of an experienced criminal attorney. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorneys Felice Duffy or Paul Thomas, call Duffy Law, LLC in New Haven today at 203-946-2000.