Expungement: Keeping Your Past From Hurting Your Future
Does your stomach sink each time you fill out a job application because you know you will have to answer questions about criminal convictions? At the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore, we are here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. Our founding attorney, Lawrence J. Signore, is The Rhode Lawyer. He has the experience and skills necessary to assist clients who are interested in building a future free of the stigma a criminal conviction.
We have helped hundreds of clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. Because we have a thorough understanding of Rhode Island criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal courts, we can use our knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage.
What Does Expunging A Record Do?
A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.
Eligibility For Expungement
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:
- The charges against you have been dismissed.
- You were found acquitted or found not guilty.
- You were a juvenile at the time.
Rhode Island has waiting-period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expungement until a certain period of time has passed. Different waiting periods apply to different circumstances. Talk to us about your specific situation, and we can explain your options.
Contact The Rhode Lawyer Today
Do not let a lapse in judgment have a permanent negative impact on your health and happiness. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore to discuss having your record expunged. To arrange a free consultation, please call 401-273-3000 or complete our contact form. We represent clients in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.