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Expungements: Cleaning Up Your Record from the Public Eye
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.
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Utah continues to make headlines for its high population of prescription drug users, which results in a lot of overdoses, abuse, and metabolite DUIs, as well as increased illegally obtained and distributed prescription drugs. Reports claim that Utahns are prescribed more antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and pain killers than in most other states. Certainly drug dependency is a real problem. Schatz, Anderson & Associates can help people with drug problems find the help they need. Having dealt with many court-ordered treatment programs, we can recommend a facility or program for you or your loved one.
Many people do not realize that their prescription drugs can render them impaired drivers, particularly when they have not taken their prescribed medications as directed or have combined them with some other substance such as any alcoholic beverage. This can result in a metabolite DUI, also called a drug DUI. Being arrested for taking your prescribed medications can really shock a person. We’ve seen it many times, particularly in the last few years as local law enforcement have become aware of the problem’s prevalence in Utah and are cracking down on it.
Also, with the legalization of marijuana in California and now Colorado, Utah sees a lot of metabolite DUIs relating to the ingestion of marijuana. Read more about this situation here.
Another common problem in Utah is sharing or stealing prescribed medications. Routinely prescribed pain medications such as Percocet (aka Oxycodone and Acetaminophen), Demerol (aka Meperidine), Codeine, and even prescription-level Ibuprofen can cause serious, even life-threatening issues when taken by the wrong person or in the wrong way. Most people keep their medications in a place that is easy for family members and guests to access.