Expungement Laws O'Connor Law Firm / Criminal Expungement Law
in Missouri 2018
Those who have a conviction on their criminal record are often curious about having the conviction "expunged," which essentially means removed or "erased" from certain public records. In Missouri, expungements are not common and have in the past been allowed in few circumstances. January 1st of 2018 is a significant date in regards to expungement, as this is the date that more offenders for an expanded number of crimes in Missouri may qualify to have their convictions expunged.
Those with a criminal conviction know the stigma that follows every area of their lives. Senate Bill 588, signed by Governor Jay Nixon in July of 2016, is a landmark bill approved by the Missouri legislature that greatly expands the criminal offenses eligible for expungement. Until this point there were few offenses that qualified for expungement, most notably DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenses. With the new 2018 Missouri expungement laws many who have been convicted of various crimes may be able to have those convictions removed or record sealed even in situations where the offender was convicted of a felony offense.
Other than the above, all other criminal convictions may be expunged if the individual has met these requirements:
Up until January of 2018 a person could not have a criminal record expunged for 10 years for a misdemeanor, 20 years for a felony conviction.
It is important to note that under the new SB-588 an individual can only have a single felony conviction expunged over his or her lifetime. For misdemeanors the limit is two expungements.
This new law is great news for those who have been convicted of certain crimes and want to "wipe the slate clean" and begin on a positive path in life in terms of employment, reputation and more. To learn whether you may be eligible to file an expungement petition contact Kansas City criminal defense attorney Matt O'Connor.
Contact Matthew O'Connor for a free case evaluation and consultation. We can likely help clean your record with the new SB-588 Law that goes into effect on Jan 1st of 2018!