The purpose of an expungement is to completely clear a criminal record and restore your legal status to what you had before the arrest or conviction. If you have been arrested for or convicted of an offense such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), this process can be extremely beneficial. Once an expungement has taken place and has been finalized, it will be as if your arrest never happened!
Expungement can be the fresh start that you need. For many people, life after an expungement results in more opportunities for professional goals, educational dreams, and other pursuits that may have been hindered because of a criminal record.
If you are granted an expungement, you will have a court-ordered removal of all official criminal records of your arrest, plea, trial, or any type of conviction associated with your minor-in-possession charge. In the state of Missouri, you will only be granted an expungement if you meet specific criteria.
You will only be granted one expungement opportunity as a minor. Because we always believe that our clients deserve a second chance, we always encourage our underage clients to empower themselves with the right information, the right attitude, and the right circle of supportive friends after any type of criminal charge. We want you to realize that, by taking careful and thoughtful steps, your future can still be as bright and lucrative as ever.
Having your record permanently sealed from public view can be ideal, but unfortunately, can only be achieved in certain circumstances. If you want to learn more about your eligibility for expungement or alternative options after your arrest, we encourage you to get in contact with an experienced Columbia DWI lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. We want to help you move forward with your life.