Barre understands the difficulties that clients face once they have an arrest or a criminal record. Many employers and landlords refuse to work with anyone who has a criminal record in their past, regardless of the circumstances. And, thanks to the Internet, an incredible amount of personal information is at their fingertips.
A review of court documents or a criminal background check may reveal:
- Arrests (even if the charge is later dropped)
- Jail time/Prison terms
- Outstanding warrants
It’s important to know that not all cases can be sealed. Generally, you may only seal an arrest or criminal record under the following circumstances:
- All charges were dismissed or you were acquitted of all charges. This includes any cases where you successfully completed a deferred sentence or deferred prosecution;
- There is only an arrest record and no charges were filed;
- Some municipal and/or drug convictions.
Generally, you may not petition to seal your record if:
- You have been convicted of a sexual offense;
- You have been permanently convicted of a charge, excluding some drug and municipal convictions;
- You have not completed the terms of a deferred sentence/judgment; or
- The offense pertains to a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, or to a class A or class B traffic infraction, or a conviction for a violation of DUI or DWAI.