If you were arrested for a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia and were later found to be not guilty or have otherwise had the charges dismissed, you may assume that you will have no type of record with the criminal justice system. However, that is not the case. You will still have a criminal record that may be viewed by the public, including employers, landlords, loan officers and others. This can result in numerous complications. However, Virginia does allow for certain records to be expunged, or sealed from public view.
Timothy J. Quick has over 20 years of experience helping to defend people accused of crimes. If you were charged with a crime and found not guilty, or if your criminal charges were dismissed, you may be eligible to have your record expunged allowing you to move forward with your life.
Crimes That Are Eligible For Expungement
As set forth in the Virginia Criminal Code sections 16.1-306 and 19.2-392.2, there are only a handful of limited areas where a person's record may be eligible for an expungement. An expungement is only possible if you were found not guilty of committing a crime, if you were charged with a crime but the prosecution subsequently decided not to pursue the case, or if the criminal charges were otherwise dismissed.
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding expungements. It is important to note that if you pled guilty or were convicted of any crime, your record will not be eligible for expungement. This is true regardless of how much time has passed since your conviction.
Contact A Skilled Criminal Law Attorney
Do not let a past mistake haunt you for the rest of your life. A not-guilty finding can still create a lot of difficulty in a number of areas of your life. Contact our Tidewater expungement lawyer online or call 757-453-7674 to discuss your case.