Expungement Lawyers and Attorneys

If you have ever been arrested or charged with a crime – even if the charges were later dropped or you were ultimately acquitted, you have a criminal record. While you may not be affected by this criminal record on a day-to-day basis, the chances are that, when you apply for a job or other opportunities, this record will pop up, and you will have to answer some uncomfortable questions about it. In the worst cases, you could even lose your chances at getting a job or other important opportunities because of your criminal record.

When you are ready to seek an expungement, you can trust our Montgomery and Birmingham Expungement lawyers to help you get the results you need.

When you are ready to seek an expungement, you can trust our Montgomery and Birmingham Expungement lawyers to help you get the results you need.

Despite this, however, the good news is that:

  • Many people in Alabama now have the chance to get their criminal records expunged.
  • Seeking an expungement can effectively wipe out their criminal records – making it appear as though no criminal record exists when background checks are run.
  • The Montgomery and Birmingham expungement attorneys at Joe M. Reed & Associates, LLC can help people expunge their records and obtain a fresh start for their future.

Alabama Expungement Law: Who Qualifies for an Expungement?

As of July 7, 2014, a new Alabama expungement law has gone into effect tate. According to this law, people who qualify for an expungement will be those who:

  • Have been arrested for non-violent felony and/or misdemeanor crimes
  • Have been charged with non-violent felony and/or misdemeanor crimes
  • Have not been convicted of these charges. 

If, however, a person has been arrested for, charged with or convicted of a violent crime, he will not be eligible for expungement. Similarly, any crimes related to children cannot be expunged from a criminal record.

The Expungement Process: How to Seek an Expungement

For those who qualify for expungement, the process will generally involve:

  • Filing a petition for expungement with the court.
  • Attending a hearing at which a case for securing an expungement must be made. In these hearings, prosecutors will have the opportunity to challenge the expungement if they see fit to do so.
  • Awaiting an official ruling from the judge presiding over the case.

If the expungement is granted for a specific charge or case:

  • The court will issue an order to mandate that law enforcement agencies remove that charge or record from the individual’s criminal record.
  • The individual can legally answer “no” whenever he is asked about whether he has a criminal record in the future (unless there are other charges that were not expunged on his criminal record).

It’s also important to point out that:

  • The Alabama expungement law does not limit the number of times a person can seek an expungement. In other words, a person can seek an expungement for every applicable charge or issue on his criminal record.
  • The court will look at a person’s overall criminal history when deciding whether to grant an expungement (and may be less inclined to do so when, for instance, a person has an extensive criminal record).

Montgomery and Birmingham Expungement Attorneys at Joe M. Reed & Associates, LLC

Are you ready to seek an expungement and get a fresh start? If so, contact the Montgomery and Birmingham expungement lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates, LLC. We are ready to be aggressive advocates for your rights and help you get your criminal record expunged. For more than 16 years, we have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice in every case we oversee. This has endowed us with the experience, dedication and knowledge of the law to make us consistently effective at helping our clients obtain the best possible outcomes to their important legal matters.

Contact Us

You are invited to attend an initial consultation to discuss your case and learn more about your rights. To set up this meeting today, call us at (334) 834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.