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How to Get a Criminal Record Removed

Criminal records can be a major hindrance when it comes to moving on with your life, getting a new apartment or house, and finding a job. If a criminal record has mistakes, or if part of your parole/probation was that it would be expunged, then you may need to take action to make sure that your criminal record is actually destroyed so that you aren't haunted by it when you shouldn't be.

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  1. Find legal assistance to help get your criminal record removed. The laws for having criminal records removed or expunged will vary from state to state, and it's best to have someone on your side who really knows the local law and who can help you get the results you need.

  2. Find out whether you actually meet the requirements for having your criminal record removed. If the charge is false or you weren't convicted, then you need to submit a form to the court to review your record. If you actually committed the crime then you may need a certain amount of time to pass with no new offences, complete parole or probation, or submit to a government program to actually get your record expunged.

  3. Submit all necessary documentation to the court. Legal counsel is extremely helpful in this step for making arguments on your behalf, obtaining the records of your conviction and release, and making sure that all of the paperwork is in order. Once again, the forms and requirements will vary by jurisdiction and state, so if you don't have a lawyer ask the courthouse clerks what you have to submit in order to get your record removed.

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About the Author

Neal Litherland is an author, blogger and occasional ghostwriter. His experience includes comics, role playing games and a variety of other projects as well. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Indiana University, and resides in Northwest Indiana.

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