Can I get my Domestic Violence charge expunged? 16 Answers as of June 20, 2013I was arrested for a misdemeanor, charge was Disorderly Conduct and Domestic Violence. I completed my classes, paid my fines, completed my plea agreement. Is there anyway possible I can expunge Domestic Violence from my record? This ordeal was my first and only arrest.
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If you need specific legal advice for your particular circumstances, I encourage you to privately consult with a lawyer. If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public's expense. You have a right to counsel. Generally speaking, a person may be able to expunge a prior conviction;? assuming their sentence was finished over five years ago, the rest of their record is clear, including juvenile offenses, or if they have other priors, that there are no more than three, and that they are "minor" offenses, meaning offenses punishable by less than ninety days of jail. MCL 780.621 et. al. In order to file to have it set-aside, they need to file the motion with the court and conduct a hearing. It can be, depending on the charge, a challenging and time consuming process, so retaining counsel is certainly recommended. The price for retaining an attorney varies, so it's worth a few phone calls.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
No, a conviction for domestic violence can not be expunged. Only a few types of felonies and misdemeanors qualify for expungement and domestic violence and disorderly conduct don't qualify. It's possible to get the record of an arrest expunged if it was based on false information and no charges were filed, but that doesn't seem to be what happened in your case.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
If you were convicted of the offenses, and given a non-expungeable sentence, you can never get them expunged. However, if you got some form of diversion program, or expungeable probation, you may be able to get them expunged, assuming you successfully completed the requirements. In any case, even if convicted, you might qualify for a seal on your record. Check with the clerk of court in the county where the case was held for further information.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C. | Laurie Schmidt
If the incident occurred in Colorado - you may be qualify to seal the record. It would depend on how long ago the incident occurred, the charges, and potentially alleged victim impact. If you want to pursue a sealing, it would be best to contact a local criminal defense attorney to review your options and/or the cost to seal a record.
Answer Applies to: Colorado