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Expunging A Misdemeanor Charge

One can obtain a misdemeanor conviction for a number of reasons, from DUI to disorderly conduct, and there's a good chance that if you have one, you don't really feel like a criminal. Unfortunately, in the eyes of the law, you are, and even if you have already served out your punishment, you may be treated differently.

Why Expunge a Misdemeanor?

When you were arrested for your misdemeanor, you probably pled guilty and were given a few hours of community service, a fine or both. You probably thought that was that. In a way, you're correct. However, the fact you may not be aware of is that that charge stays on your record for the rest of your life. That means if someone asks you if you have been found guilty of a crime, you will have to say yes, and that could mean alienating the other party to the point where you lose relationships, jobs or other opportunities. When you expunge or seal arrest records, it is as if the crime never happened, and you are under no obligation to acknowledge it in any way whatsoever.

Misdemeanor Expunge

In most states, if you have only a single misdemeanor, you have a very good chance of obtaining relief. Your likelihood of clearing your record will vary from state-to-state, but in general all it will take to get that misdemeanor off your record, whether it is through sealing of the criminal record, setting aside the verdict, or some other method of cleaning up your record, will be filling out the proper paperwork and possibly making a court appearance.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record

So what's the first step in expunging that misdemeanor that's plaguing you? You don't want to hire a lawyer to help get your slate clean, although many lawyers will try to convince you that is exactly what you need. The fact is, the lawyer was supposed to help you out before you got convicted. To erase that misdemeanor you need to fill out an application and possibly answer a few questions in court, things that you can do yourself without paying exorbitant lawyers fees.

If this seems a little intimidating, it's not surprising. Even though you don't need a lawyer, you are involved in the legal system, which can be both confusing and a bit scary. That's where ClearUpMyRecord.com comes in. ClearUpMyRecord.com has handled thousands of expungements and they know just what they need to do to make your misdemeanor conviction go away. If you're ready to be free and clear of that unfortunate incident in your past once more, just go to the ClearUpMyRecord.com site, set up an account and take the free eligibility check. This will let you know if you qualify for an expunged record. Once that's done, ClearUpMyRecord.com will ship your application for expungement, along with instructions for how to fill it out and information on where to send it. For a fraction of the cost of a lawyer, you'll get a step-by-step guide to clearing your record. Although you may still have to appear before a judge, and there is no guarantee he or she will clear your record, by following the instructions provided by ClearUpMyRecord.com, you have a great chance of leaving your past mistakes behind you.

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