Sealed Records Expand Hope

For someone who has been arrested but never convicted of a crime or has had their case dismissed, removing a case record from the public offers fairness. For those with convictions who finish their court-ordered sentences, removing public access to case documents gives them a chance to move forward.

When individuals end up in court because of poor choices or mistakes, big or small, they pay a penalty. They may serve community control, pay fines, or spend time in jail or prison. After finishing their court-ordered punishment, though, people often experience the negative stigma surrounding a conviction that presents obstacles to moving forward in their lives.

To build toward a more productive life, a person at a minimum will need some basics — housing, a job, maybe education. The ability to seal or expunge a criminal record helps those who’ve completed their sentence to make strides in new directions.

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Dagger Law is able to provide assistance with both records expungement, also called expunction, and sealing of records. Expungement is the process of removing the record of an arrest or criminal conviction, whereas sealing of a criminal record simply makes the criminal record unable to be viewed through public records though the record itself would still be accessible to the court and prosecutors. Expunged records should not show up on a background check, though there are times when they unfortunately do. Sealed records will show up on an FBI background check, but shouldn’t otherwise be available to the general public such as landlords, schools, and most employers.

If you wish to speak to a Dagger Law attorney about sealing or expunging your criminal records, please use our ATTORNEY CONTACT FORM