Expungements

Alabama Expungement Lawyer

Representing Alabama clients in need of expungement

Everyone makes mistakes, but a mistake you made in the past shouldn’t prevent you from getting the jobs, loans, or housing you deserve now or in the future. If you’ve been charged with a crime and meet the requirements, it may be possible to remove those charges from your criminal record (and from criminal background check databases) through a legal process called expungement. Darley Law, LLC works to help clients like you clear their records through expungement. To learn more about our services, contact Darley Law, LLC.

Expungement Qualifications

The state of Alabama allows certain crimes to be removed from your record through what is known an expungement. It is important to know that most serious or violent crimes cannot be expunged. You are able to petition to expunge certain non-felony charges such as misdemeanors or traffic violations if the charge was dismissed with prejudice, if you were found not guilty, if a grand jury decides the charge should be no billed or if the charge was dismissed without prejudice at least two years prior and has not been refiled or convicted of another crime within that time period.

If you were charged with a non-violent felony, it may be expunged under certain conditions. These include the charged being dismissed with prejudice, the person who was charged successfully completed a court-mandated program (drug court, mental health, etc.), the defendant was found not guilty, or if the charge was dismissed without prejudice more than five years ago and the defendant has not been guilty of any other crime throughout that time period.

Life After Expungement

It is important to know that only charges can be expunged. Those who have actually been convicted of a crime are not eligible for expungement. Once you have received an expungement, no one outside of the criminal justice system will be notified of your charge. This is extremely beneficial in terms of applying for a job, taking out a loan or purchasing the housing you desire.

When you are charged with a crime in Alabama, you may lose your rights to carry a firearm. When your charge is expunged, you will have to obtain a Certificate of Pardon with Restoration of Civil and Political rights from the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The expungement itself does not automatically grant your right to possess, transport, ship or receive a firearm. The only way to restore your rights is through the previously mentioned certificate.

Call Darley Law, LLC

Darley Law, LLC has an in-depth understanding of the legal issues surrounding expungement. The process can make the difference in the quality of the life you lead, the jobs you acquire, the house you live in and the loans you take. Leave the past in the past. If you’re interested in clearing your record through expungement, Darley Law, LLC wants to help. Call today to schedule a consultation.