Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
One cannot expunge a Misdemeanor Conviction. You'd need a Governor's Pardon.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
If you were convicted of the offense, be it a misdemeanor or felony, you cannot expunge it, unless you got a special sentence with a condition that the charge would be dismissed after a period of probation or supervision. ?See the Clerk of Court in the county where the offense was heard to see if you qualify for an expungement or seal of your record.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Arrests are not expunged, convictions are. If you mean that you entered a plea bargain to reduced charges, you may expunge that. Some CA convictions can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but ONLY IF there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed sexual crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. Sounds like yours may qualify. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does NOT clear , 'remove', erase or disappear the conviction, but does change the record to show an arrest with 'conviction reversed and charges dismissed by expungement'. The conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offenses. Expungement does not restore firearm rights lost because of felony conviction or domestic violence restraining orders. That record is accessible to government agencies, law enforcement, courts, background checks, insurance companies, etc. Expungement will help in obtaining employment. When applying for a job in the private sector, in response to any question concerning your prior criminal record, you may legally deny that you were arrested or convicted of the offense.
Answer Applies to: California
R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
You first get the records sealed. In order to do so you cannot have been convicted, adjudication must have been withheld. In addition you need a certificate of eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This will cost $75. And if you can get an attorney to do the sealing for less than $750, you will be doing well.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
Check with a lawyer in your area familiar with the procedure and whether you can seal it - it will depend on exactly when in 2008 the case was. Or go to the Colorado State Judicial website, find the "forms" pull down menu, look under "criminal" and then find the forms for sealing convictions. Only drug offenses in a certain time period, and after a certain waiting period, can be sealed. The forms and instructions are all there.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
In California, there is no expungement. You can petition the court for a finding of factual innocence, which results in the arrest being sealed. However, you would have to be able to convince the court that you should not have been arrested. In other words, you'd have to convince the court that no reasonable police officer would have arrested you. This is probably going to be impossible if you were in possession of marijuana. If you are serious about exploring this option, you should consult with a local criminal defense lawyer.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
New York State does not have an expungment statute because the legislature wants employers and schools to know what a person has done in the past before they associate with them. That seems fair since they will be liable for monetary damages if that person commits a crime or a civil tort against someone. They are entitled to know if a person is a rapist, drug dealer, thief, drunk driver, or has committed a crime involving "moral turpitude". Other states allow certain criminals to have their record expunged after a certain period of time. You will never be able to remove the criminal record, but you can start your own business or get the skills to do many jobs with a misdemeanor marijuana conviction.
Answer Applies to: New York
Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
You should contact an experienced NH criminal defense attorney to review your conviction in order to determine whether or not you are eligible for a petition to annul (or commonly known as an expungement).
Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
Alabama does not have an expungement statute, so there's no way to do that here. Every legislative session, some legislator proposes an expungement statute, and every legislative session, the legislators vote it down. Ask your state senators and state representatives to vote for the expungement bill the next time it is introduced.
Answer Applies to: Alabama