Expungement of a criminal charge is the court-ordered removal of all official records of an individual’s arrest, plea, trial, and conviction. The effect of an expungement is to restore an individual’s legal statute to that he or she had before the arrest, plea, trial, or conviction, as if the event never took place.
In Missouri, there are three forms of expungement. One form of expungement is generally applicable to all criminal cases, except DWI and MIP convictions. Missouri law has unique expungement statutes specifically relating to DWI and MIP convictions.
In Missouri, it is very difficult to have a criminal charge expunged from your record. However, it can be done. An individual wishing to have a criminal charge expunged from his or her record must meet very specific criteria set forth by Missouri statutory law.
In Missouri, any record of arrest may be expunged if the court determines that the arrest was based on false information and the following conditions exist:
Missouri has a unique expungement statute that applies specifically to DWI charges. An individual seeking to have a DWI charge expunged from his or her record must meet specific criteria set forth by Missouri law.
In short, for a DWI charge to qualify for expungement, the following criteria must be met:
Recently, Missouri legislators added new provisions to the DWI expungement statute in an attempt to make it more difficult for individuals to expunge an old DWI. The DWI expungement statute is complex. At Henderson Law Group, our St. Louis DWI lawyers understand and know how to get a DWI expunged. We can explain the law to you and how it applies to your specific situation.
The Missouri MIP law allows a minor who has pleaded guilty or found guilty of MIP for the first time to obtain an Court ordered expungement of all official records of his or her arrest, plea, trial and conviction. To obtain an expungement of a MIP, a person must meet all three of the following requirements:
The St. Louis expungement lawyers of Henderson Law Group can explain the complex expungement process to you and how it applies to your specific situation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.