You have decided that you want to get an expungement, but you are not sure
if you should hire a general practice attorney, or a criminal defense
attorney. What you do know is that this is important, and you want it
You don’t know if hiring an attorney that charges less, but does
not specialize in criminal defense would yield the same quality results
as hiring a seasoned criminal lawyer. Does it make that much of a difference?
You’re at a crossroads, what route should you take?
For starters, you want to find an attorney who has done
expungements before. The first matter of business is to find out if you’re eligible
for an expungement. If you had a “deferred disposition,” or
if you were found guilty, then it CANNOT be expunged.
In Virginia, the courts will only expunge acquittals, cases of actual innocence, and
nolle prosequi. If the general practice attorney doesn’t know this, then you definitely
don’t want to hire them.
Why You Want to Use a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Given the choice, you’re much better off retaining an experienced local
criminal defense attorney to help you with your expungement. That is assuming you qualify and the
charge was dismissed and a no guilty plea was entered.
Each state has enacted its own laws regarding expungements, and Virginia
has rather strict requirements. The legal community is aware that it’s
usually criminal defense lawyers who file these petitions on behalf of clients.
Here in Richmond, these procedures are fairly common. However, we do not
recommend that you try to handle it yourself. If you’re eligible
for an expungement, you don’t want to bungle it. You want to make
sure that all your t’s are crossed and i’s dotted.
Whatever you do, be sure to hire a local attorney who is experienced in
expungements. Be cautious, if you go with a bargain, you may be setting
yourself up for bargain results.
Are you eligible for an expungement? Find out by arranging a
free consultation with one of our Richmond criminal defense lawyers!