This post concludes and recaps our series on the sealing of Arkansas criminal records. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, it is in a defendant’s best interests to put their past behind them in as fully a manner as possible. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their rights and options. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed selection when they are retaining an attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Whether Arkansas residents are eligible to seal their criminal records
- The effect of sealing (a.k.a. “expunging) an Arkansas record
- The process of sealing a criminal record
- Why an attorney can help to seal your record
There are several reasons why it is important to understand these topics. First, not all records are eligible to be sealed. Understanding whether you are eligible to complete the process is a vital first step. Second, sealing a record will make it easier to pass a background check for certain types of employment. There are certain rights, however, which it will not restore. These include the right to bear a firearm. Third, understanding what to expect from the process can help to ensure that things go smoothly. Fourth, hiring a lawyer can help you to ensure that all procedures are properly followed.
One point we cannot stress enough is that it is likely in your best interests to seal your record if you are eligible to do so. There is likely little to no downside to clearing your history. If you are unsure about your options or the best way to proceed then contact our office today to speak with an attorney. Our Little Rock lawyers are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of the state.