Criminal Defense - Expungement in Connecticut
Get Your Record Erased – New Haven Criminal Lawyer
There are some instances wherein you can have your criminal record expunged, or erased. Connecticut generally refers to this process as the ‘Erasure of Criminal Records’ rather than expungement. In doing so, you can legally say that you do not have a criminal record. Not all records can be expunged, however, and you need to determine if you qualify before you pursue this process.
Expungement is not the only option of relief when it comes to moving forward from a past mistake. Other options include record sealing or pardons that can help you seek employment and limit who can view your record. Seek representation from a Connecticut criminal lawyer from Dolan Law Firm for help pursuing a cleared record in Connecticut.
When it comes to erasing your record, the cases that are automatically eligible include:
- A case where the defendant was charged with a crime but found ‘not guilty’
- A case that was dismissed
- A case where the charges were dropped and at least 13 months have passed
- A case that was put on hold and at least 13 months have passed without any prosecution or any disposition of the matter
Generally, these records will automatically be erased without having to file for expungement. If they are not erased on their own, you can file a petition to the court and ask for it to be erased. Allow our criminal attorney to assist you throughout the process.
What is an Expungement Pardon in Connecticut?
If your case does not fit in any of the above categories to qualify for expungement automatically, you may be able to pursue an expungement pardon. If you qualify for this, your criminal history can be completely erased. Our criminal law team can provide the guidance you need.
The cases that are eligible for expungement pardon include:
- Misdemeanor convictions after three years have passed
- Felony convictions after five years have passed
Whether you qualify for this is up to the discretion of the Connecticut Board of Pardons. The Board can choose to grant or deny either an absolute or provisional pardon. If denied, you cannot appeal to a higher authority, but you can try to reapply for the pardon later on. If granted, your record will be removed from the public view.
Not all states allow felony convictions to be erased, regardless of the amount of time that has passed. Fortunately, Connecticut is a state that does make this possible to residents. A pardon means that the record is hidden from the public. The benefit of this is that potential employers or anyone that runs a background check on you will not see that you have a criminal history. You can legally say that you do not have a criminal record if it has been pardoned in CT. However, the record is still viewable by criminal justice agencies if they need to view it for some reason.
How to Pursue an Erasure of Your Criminal Record in CT
If you are interested in having your record erased, you will file a petition for erasure with the court. You can either file for an absolute or provisional pardon in order to have your record removed from public view. Then the Connecticut Board of Pardons will grant or deny the petition. For help in this process, team up with a Connecticut criminal attorney from our firm. Dolan Law Firm has experience helping clients with their expungement/erasure of criminal record cases across Connecticut. We offer a free case evaluation so we can discuss your criminal record and the possibility of having it cleared at no cost to you.