This is the first post in a series which will discuss various aspects of sealing criminal records in Roanoke or elsewhere in the state of Virginia. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that many individuals have a hard time moving their life forward due to a prior arrest record. Many such individuals may not be aware of the fact that they have options. Over my next several articles I will provide information which is meant to help you understand whether you may go forward with the process of clearing your history. I will also provide information which is meant to assist you in determining whether an attorney can assist. If you require assistance, then call my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing multiple topics over the course of this series. Matters which I will analyze include:
- The benefits of clearing an arrest record
- The eligibility requirements for sealing or expunging a Virginia record
- The process involved in clearing one’s past
- How an attorney can assist with the process
I am addressing these topics for several reasons. First, even an arrest, without a conviction, can have an impact on one’s future. An arrest can make it difficult to pass a background check, to obtain employment, and to gain a professional license. Second, while Virginia has tough requirements in regard to clearing a criminal history, there are still many people who are eligible for the expungement process. Third, there are multiple steps in the process. Mishandling any of those steps can lead to a delay in the matter. Finally, hiring counsel can help to ensure that your matter is handled correctly.
If you have questions about whether you can clear your history then it is best to contact counsel as soon as possible. One never knows when they may be required to submit to a background check. By handling the matter, as soon as you are eligible to do so, you help to ensure your future. As a Roanoke lawyer I am able to assist with the sealing or expungement of criminal records. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve the cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County 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.