What is an Expungement?
Generally, when you are convicted of a crime, that record may follow you forever. Even if you have served your sentence or paid your fine, the lasting implications of a criminal record can follow you forever, affecting you personally and professionally. However, South Carolina law allows for some convictions to be removed from your record through an expungement, which is an order for the destruction of records relating to an arrest and/or conviction. Our criminal defense attorneys can advise you as to whether you are eligible for an expungement.
Why Is Expungement Sometimes Necessary?
Ensuring that your criminal record is an accurate reflection of your criminal history helps you avoid the risk of being turned down for a job simply because you were arrested or suspected of illegal activity. Criminal background checks are often administered for various application processes and could reveal past convictions that can hurt your future. Missing out on employment opportunities, being ineligible for loans, and other associated set-backs can take a serious toll on your life and your family’s life based on an incident that occurred many years prior.
What Alternatives Are Available For Me If I Am Not Eligible For An Expungement?
If you are not eligible to have a particular arrest or record expunged, you may be entitled to a pardon. A pardon mitigates or sets aside punishment for a crime and restores the rights and privileges forfeited on account of the offense. Receiving a pardon can be an extensive procedure involving applications and hearings before the Pardon Board. Unlike expungements, pardons do not completely remove items from a background check. However, if granted a pardon, convictions on your record will show they have been “pardoned”.
Strom Law Firm, LLC has experienced attorneys familiar with the system who will fight on your behalf to have your rights restored. Whether you are eligible for an expungement or need to request a pardon, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to see how we can help. We offer flexible payment options and accept Visa and Mastercard.