A criminal record can impact your entire life and limit your opportunities. If you’ve ever dealt with restricted employment and housing options, you know why seeking expungement can improve your life. But just how complicated is this process? And what are the steps that you need to take to get started? Thankfully, the Law Office of Leon Matchin can answer your questions. Start with the list of steps below, and then if you’d like more legal advice, feel free to contact us.
Find Your Attorney
Many people wonder whether or not they should get an attorney for expungement. Legally, you can represent yourself. Still, it’s best to hire an attorney before you begin. An expungement attorney can help you throughout every step in the expungement process. He or she will know the ins and outs of the law. If you don’t know anything about expungement, you’ll have to do a lot of research before you get started. If you get a lawyer, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, and you’ll likely have better success with your case.
Petition for Expungement
Next, you’ll have to petition for expungement. This process involves gathering a lot of paperwork. You’ll need to track down your records, write a cover letter, and print several other forms. Once again, this part becomes much easier if you have an attorney to help you through the process. Your attorney may already have copies of many of the forms that you’ll need. Furthermore, he or she will know exactly what documentation you’ll need and when you’ll need it. Entrust the paperwork to your attorney, and you can focus on the next part of the process.
Appear in Court if Necessary
It’s possible that you won’t have to appear in court at all. If you talk to an attorney, you can discuss the circumstances surrounding your record. He or she will let you know whether or not you’ll likely have to go to court. If you do have to appear in court for a hearing, you or your lawyer will make your case in front of a judge. The judge will then determine whether you meet the necessary criteria.
Your next step is to enjoy your new life without a criminal record. If you’re ready to reach that step, attorney Leon Matchin is here to help. Start your expungement process today by calling 732-887-2479 or emailing [email protected].