College Park Expungement Attorney
Serving Clients in College Park, Gaithersburg, and Throughout Maryland
If were charged with a crime, you have a criminal record, even if you were never convicted. This record can be seen by anyone who does a simple search of the court records, including potential employers and any post-graduate schools you apply to. You can search the records yourself on the Maryland Judiciary’s website.
If you or your child has been charged with a crime, but not convicted, it may be possible to clear the criminal record through expungement. I can help you understand how expungement works and guide you through the process. At the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby, I have defended clients from criminal charges for more than 37 years. I am available to help clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies throughout Maryland and also at area colleges such as the University of Maryland.
To arrange a free initial consultation with me, a College Park expungement lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby at 301-779-5560 or 800-864-4488.
Getting Your Record Expunged
If you have not been convicted of a crime, there are several ways to expunge your record in Maryland.
- Your case was dismissed
- You were acquitted
- Your case was put on the inactive docket or stet docket
- The conviction was stricken by the judge and you were given Probation Before Judgment
If your case was dismissed or you were acquitted, you can get your record expunged immediately. If your case is put on the inactive docket or the judge strikes your conviction, you will have to wait three years before you can obtain an expungement. Additionally, subsequent offenses can prohibit your case from being expunged. For example, if your case is on the inactive docket and you are arrested, you will not be able to expunge your record.
It takes between 60 and 120 days to get a conviction, once you are eligible. The state has the right to object. So, though there are pre-printed forms available for expungements at the courthouse, it is important to have an experienced attorney help you through the process.
Clearing your record is particularly important to college students and their parents. It can follow a student around forever, and not in a positive way. If you do not clear your record, you may have a difficult time getting a job or if you apply to med school, grad school or law school in the future.
If you or your child is applying to a post-grad program, and are unsure how to address questions about your criminal record on your application, call me at 301-779-5560. I explain your rights and explain how to answer the application questions.
Talk to a Lawyer Serving Gaithersburg About Getting a Clean Record
To learn more about expungements and getting a clean record in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of Steven M. Jacoby at 301-779-5560 or 800-864-4488 for a free consultation.