Roanoke Lawyer Handling The Expungement Or Sealing Of Virginia Criminal Records

Criminal background checkVirginia has some of the most strict laws in the country when it comes to the clearing of one’s criminal history. While it is more difficult in the Commonwealth to expunge or “seal” a criminal record, there are instances in which one can do so. There are many benefits to sealing criminal arrest records. Doing so, for example, can greatly improve one’s chances of passing a background check. An attorney can help you understand whether you are eligible for the process. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer handling the expungement of arrest records and eligible charges. She has been practicing law since 2008 and takes pride in the level of service our office provides. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Salem and elsewhere in the area.

Roanoke expungement attorney helping to clear Virginia criminal arrest records

The terms “expungement” and “sealing” are sometimes used interchangeably but they have different meanings. Virginia is a state which allows for expungement of arrest and criminal charges records under certain circumstances. Expunging your history means that all records related to an arrest or charge will be destroyed and the event will be considered to have never occurred. This will allow one to truthfully answer “no” when they are asked if they have ever been arrested. For obvious reasons, this has great benefit to those who are applying for employment, housing, or are otherwise trying to pass a background check.

Virginia allows for the expungement of arrest records if an individual was acquitted at trial, if one was arrested and never charged with a crime, or if the charges were dismissed. The latter of these scenarios refers to instances in which the prosecution initially filed charges but elected to dismiss them before a trial (nolle prosse) or the entry of a plea deal nolle prossequi; arrest records generally may not be expunged when the charges are dismissed as the result of a deferred adjudication (meaning that they were subsequently dismissed after a defendant had plead guilty). Convictions may only be expunged under the rare circumstance. Other options is to petition for a pardon from the Governor. There are many instances, however, in which individuals are hindered by an arrest record which is eligible for sealing. Completing the process of clearing such a record can be complicated and a lawyer can assist you in doing so.

Cerid Lugar is a Virginia expungement attorney helping people clear their past criminal records. Cerid will use your initial consultation to help you determine whether you are eligible to clear your history. She will then gather all the documents required to begin the process. Your Petition will promptly be filed with the Court and the necessary entities will be notified. Cerid will attend any required hearings, argue against any objections to the Petition, and help you distribute the Order once the Petition has been granted. Completing this process can help you to get your life back on track. We focus on such things so that you may focus on your future. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

Lawyer providing quality service to Roanoke and Salem citizens attempting to expunge an arrest record

Having an arrest record can be difficult due to the issues it causes for people who are attempting to pass a background check or cannot be promoted because of company policy on eligibility. If you have found yourself in such a situation, then you have enough to worry about. The level of service you receive from your attorney should not be another cause for concern. Cerid makes lawyer-client communication a priority. This includes promptly responding to messages and making sure that your questions are answered. We are ready to assist you regardless of whether you need to expunge arrest records for a misdemeanor or a felony.

In addition to Roanoke, we also serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.