Expungement and Conviction Reduction
Provo, Utah Expungement and “402 Reduction” Lawyers
A criminal conviction can have a lifelong impact, affecting you long after you have served your debt to society. A conviction can make it difficult to find employment, rent an apartment or obtain certain professional licenses. However, there is a way to get certain crimes removed, or expunged, from your criminal record. At Esplin | Weight, our Provo expungement attorneys are experienced in clearing criminal records so you can get a new start in life.
If a past conviction is haunting you, we are here to help. Contact an attorney for an expungement or for a 402 reduction in charges. Call 801-373-4912 for a free initial consultation.
What Is Expungement?
Expungement is a legal remedy that in essence erases all records related to an arrest, investigation, detention, conviction or dismissal. This means that any record that has been expunged will not be available even through the FBI. Thus, employers, landlords and other individuals will not be able to view these records. When a record has been expunged, you can truthfully state on job applications that you were never arrested nor convicted for that particular crime.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged?
Not every criminal record can be sealed. In general, if you have been arrested but never convicted of the crime, the arrest record can be sealed right away. If you have been convicted of a crime, you can seek to have your record expunged following a certain amount of time after completing probation or court-ordered supervision.
There are certain crimes that cannot be sealed, including violent felonies, vehicular homicide, felony DUI and sex offenses. The attorneys at our Provo DUI defense law firm can review your case and let you know if it is possible to seal your criminal record.
We Also Handle Conviction Reductions
It may be possible to have your record expunged even sooner than what is required by law through a conviction reduction or “402 motion”. Our Criminal Defense Lawyers can file a motion that may get your conviction reduced by up to two degrees. For example, if you were convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, you will not be eligible to have that record sealed until five years later. However, if it can be reduced to a Class B or C misdemeanor, you will only have to wait three years. We can let you know what your options are. Also it may be possible to reduce a Second Degree Felony to a Class A Misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances.
Call for a Consultation With an Attorney to Expunge, Reduce, or Seal Your Criminal History
We can help you put your criminal history behind you. Contact Esplin | Weight at 801-373-4912 for an initial consultation to discuss your options for 402 reduction or expungement.