This is the first post in a series which will discuss the process and benefits of sealing one’s Arkansas criminal record. We are addressing this topic due to the fact that many residents of our state may not be aware of the fact that they are eligible to clear their criminal history. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help people to better understand their rights. We also hope that this information will help people in their choice of a lawyer to assist them. If you wish to seal or “expunge” your record then contact our Little Rock office to speak with an attorney.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- One’s eligibility to seal their record
- The effect of sealing (formerly known as “expunging”) an Arkansas record
- The process of clearing one’s criminal history
- Why hiring counsel can help to ensure that the process is handled correctly
It is important that citizens of our state understand these issues. First, not everyone is eligible to go through the process. You will only be able to clear your history if you satisfy certain conditions. Second, there are many benefits to sealing your record. Among these benefits are the ability to state, on a job application, that you have not been convicted of a crime. Third, it is important to understand the process for clearing your record. If the process is not properly followed then the Court may reject your Petition. Finally, it is important to understand how a lawyer can assist with the process.
Our Little Rock attorneys assist with the sealing of Arkansas criminal records. We have extensive experience in handling such matters and we 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.