Getting Your Criminal Record Expunged
If you've been convicted of a crime and want to move forward with your life, it may be worth looking into Expungement. An expungment of an arrest or conviction means that (with certain exceptions explained below) you can confidently state that "it never happened," even on employment applications. That's an excellent tool to get your life back on track!
What can be Expunged?
Almost all criminal convictions, arrest records, or juvenile proceedings can be expunged. The main exception is that serious felonies, such as murder and sexually motivated crimes, are not eligible for expungement. Other than that, it's just a matter of time before you can get it removed from your record.
Misdemeanors can be expunged 3 years after you've completed the probation or jail sentence was completed. If you were convicted of a low-level felony, the waiting period is also 3 years. Higher-level felonies typically have a waiting period of 5 years. A first DUI can be expunged after 5 years as well, but subsequent DUIs require 10 years.
Limits to Expungement
As noted above, expungement is not 100% effective, and you still have to disclose your arrest or conviction in certain circumstances such as an application to become a law enforcement officer. Consult your attorney to discuss the full list of reasons you might have to disclose this information.
And the big question: how much will it cost?
The cost to file a petition for expungement in Kansas is typically $195. Wernert Law LLC charges a flat fee of $500 in addition to these court costs. This covers any hearings that may be required.
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