Should I Hire a Criminal Lawyer for an Expungement?

Posted By David L. Carlson, Attorney At Law || 23-Mar-2016

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 done right.

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!

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