Expungement is the process of sealing a criminal record of arrest and/or conviction from the public view or copy. Here is what the Utah court system says about expungement:
Expunging a criminal record does not change history; expunging a record means that the court orders the records of the arrest, investigation, detention and conviction in the criminal case sealed. Sealing a record means that the public cannot view or copy the record. Conviction includes a verdict or finding of guilty after trial, a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere (no contest).
If an agency does not receive the expungement order, they are not required to seal their records. A government agency that has received an expungement order will respond to an inquiry as though that arrest or conviction did not occur. A person who has had records expunged may respond to an inquiry as though that arrest or conviction did not occur. The order to seal records applies only to government agencies. Other records, such as news accounts of an arrest or conviction, are not affected.
After a record is expunged, an agency’s sealed records can still be viewed and copied by some government officials, and the court can order the records unsealed under some conditions. (source)
More and more, companies are performing credit and background checks to assist in their decision-making process for things like home or apartment rentals, employment opportunities, financial or other accounts, and college student acceptance. Your criminal record could be preventing you from getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car, dating, or going to college! A properly performed expungement—and yes, some people improperly perform them—can allow a person who has paid his or her debt to society to obtain access to life-bettering goods, services, and opportunities.
Not all crimes are eligible for expungement, and even the ones that are have many requirements that must be met to perform an expungement. For example, the statute of limitations for the crime must have expired and all court-ordered activities must be satisfied, such as required counselling completed and fines or restitution paid.
Our firm can help you with expunging your record of past criminal charges once the statutes of limitation have expired and all requirements have been met. The expungement process can be complicated, requiring many steps to completion, including electronic filing of necessary paperwork and reports with the court and state agencies. A person could spend a lot of unnecessary time and frustration trying to figure out the various steps and what is required. Don’t waste your time on that process when you could have our team do it for you—and do it right—for a very small fee. In a few short weeks, your record could be cleaned!