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Expungement/Sealing Arrest Records

Getting Your Life Back on Track after Probation

The Benefits and Requirements for Expungement

An expungement is a way to clear your criminal record. To qualify for expungement, you must have successfully completed your probation without any violations. If you are still on probation, an attorney can file a motion for early termination of probation; if that is granted, then you may be able to subsequently expunge (clear) your record.

At the Law Offices of G. Allen Dale, we believe everyone deserves a second chance. Many of our clients have been highly skilled and productive members of society who have a lot to contribute. We want to help them do so.

Expungement is a chance to get a fresh start after a criminal conviction. With a clear criminal record and early termination of probation, it is easier to apply for a job, to pursue educational opportunities, obtain housing, and to seek a renewal of state licensure.

An expungement is not possible in some cases, particularly for violent or federal crimes. The laws and guidelines for record sealing and expungements are complex, so an attorney with in-depth knowledge of the requirements can be invaluable to improving your chances for success. To understand your legal options, turn to a trustworthy, top-tier criminal defense lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of G. Allen Dale.

In a law career spanning more than 30 years, criminal defense attorney G. Allen Dale has made his name by obtaining favorable outcomes for thousands of clients in high-profile criminal cases. Mr. Dale's dedication to his clients best interest is exemplified by his continued interest even after your case is complete.

If you do not qualify for expungement, we may be able to help with petitioning the court to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor (classification reduction).

Sealing an Arrest Record

If you have ever been arrested, even if you were not charged or were found not guilty, you now have an arrest record. That can pose a problem for you if you are asked about it in a job interview or on a scholarship application. For a college student (or recent graduate) just starting out in life, this can be devastating. By sealing your arrest record, that information is no longer public. This can be a great help, particularly in difficult economic times where any criminal record could be the deciding factor between you and other candidates for the same position.

When you are ready to get your life back and to put a past arrest or conviction behind you, talk with an experienced attorney about your options. Contact the Law Offices of G. Allen Dale for legal help in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.