Seeking A Fresh Start Through Criminal Record Expungement
The consequences of a criminal record can last for years or a lifetime – much longer than whatever sentence the person received. Unfortunately, Americans who get caught up in the criminal justice system often discover that their criminal record makes it difficult or impossible to find employment or a good place to live. This is true even for some people who were arrested but never convicted.
Thankfully, help may be available. If an old criminal record is keeping you from the life you want to live, contact Cooper & Cooper, Attorneys at Law, LLC, in Auburn and Phenix City, Alabama. Our experienced and caring criminal defense attorneys can help you explore your options for clearing your criminal record through expungement.
State Law Changes Are Helping More People With Tarnished Records
Alabama has revamped its expungement laws, first in 2014, then again in 2021. The REEDEMER Act, which was the most recent update, expanded the types of cases that could be expunged under qualifying circumstances.
Once a record is expunged, it is largely removed from public view and records as though it had never occurred. It does not need to be disclosed in most applications, including those for employment, housing and credit. The records do not disappear completely and must be disclosed in certain circumstances, but removing them from the general public view is a huge benefit for most people who have qualified for expungement.
Our Firm Can Help You Explore Your Options
We have not gone into great detail on this page about who/what qualifies for expungement because the process and the qualifying conditions are complex. However, if you’d like to get rid of an old criminal record that is holding you back, contact us to discuss your options during a consultation. Our attorneys can offer case-specific guidance and advice.