Call the Law Office of Joel S. Jackson PC for a free expungement consultation at 540-961-5297 (LAWS). Our friendly staff will be glad to review the details of your case and see if your charge may be eligible for expungement.

Have you considered how a criminal record may affect your future employment or academic opportunities? Expungement is the civil process of sealing or removing criminal records from public view. In Virginia, the final disposition of a criminal charge determines whether a circuit court judge can order the Virginia Department of State Police to expunge your criminal charge from its database. In order to peruse an expungement, you must qualify for it. Basically, to qualify to have your criminal charge expunged, the criminal charge must have been previously dismissed without you having plead guilty or no contest, and without a judge making a finding on the dispositional order of “evidence sufficient for guilt”, or you having stipulated to the judge that in your case there “existed evidence sufficient for guilt”. Determining whether your charge qualifies for an expungement is sometimes complex. The Law Office of Joel S. Jackson PC can review your criminal charge and its disposition to determine if you would be successful in pursuing an expungement. In many cases, you may have entered into a first-time offender program on a plea of not guilty for charges such as underage possession of alcohol, public intoxication, or possession of fraudulent identification. In these cases, a person will usually qualify for an expungement.

It is important to remember the time frame that is required to complete the expungement process. From the filing of the petition for expungement to the conclusion of having your criminal charge expunged will normally require six months. If you are interested in pursuing an expungement of your criminal record, do not wait until you are applying for school or your next job. Waiting till the last moment could mean that your expungement would not be complete prior to having a school or potential employer review your criminal record. If you are interested in an expungement, act now!

The Law Office of Joel S. Jackson PC has helped hundreds of good people like you in the Virginia Tech and Radford University communities, and throughout Southwest Virginia, navigate through the expungement process. Call now for a free expungement consultation at 540-961-5297 (LAWS).