Criminal convictions are often oversimplified. For instance, some people think that those with convictions are bad people and those without are not. It really isn’t that simple.
Some convictions involve no criminal intent whatsoever. Many convictions are a result of a simple mistake made several years ago.
In certain circumstances, it may be possible for an individual to have their record expunged. This means that the record is essentially wiped clear, which has numerous benefits. Outlined below are some of the key benefits of having a criminal record expunged.
Unlocking professional opportunities
The majority of employers carry out background checks on applicants. This includes checking for criminal records. While a criminal record may not completely exclude candidates from positions, it can make it very difficult.
Those with criminal records may have to fight harder than anyone else for acceptance. They may find it difficult to get jobs that involve working with children, law enforcement and government agencies. Having your record expunged can provide further access to these career opportunities.
Improving your well-being
Criminal records also carry a stigma. You may have tried to be a good person your entire life but always have the shadow of a criminal record lurking over you. The sad reality is that no matter what you do, people are quick to judge. They may judge you based on your record rather than the good things you do for your community each day. Expungement allows you to remove this stigma and be judged based on your current actions rather than your past.
The expungement process can be complex. That’s why it’s so important to seek legal guidance to assess what options are open to you.