Did you know that it could be possible to clear up your Arizona criminal record? Arizona law uses the phrase “setting aside a judgment” for the practice commonly known as “expungement.” Any person convicted of a crime may petition the court to set aside the judgment after he or she has completed all requirements given in sentencing at the time of conviction. This right should be explained to the convicted party after those requirements are met. Such requirements and sentencing may include:
- Completed Jail or Prison Time
- Completed Probationary Period
- Completion of Alcohol/Substance Rehabilitation Program
- Completion of Anger Management or other Course Assigned in Sentencing
Past criminal convictions on your record can cause problems in various areas of life. Having criminal judgments set aside could have positive benefits including restoration of gun and voting privileges in Arizona and a clearer record when going through employment and housing background checks.
There are several requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for an expungement of one’s record. It is important to note that in most, if not all cases, conviction of the following crimes results in ineligibility for having the judgment set aside:
- A crime involving the infliction of serious physical injury
- A crime involving the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon
- A crime that was motivated by sexual desires
- Any crime where the victim was younger than 15 years old
- A driving/moving violation while the defendant’s license was suspended or revoked
Because there are specific requirements and rules regarding expungement, or setting aside a judgment, it is wise and helpful to consult a qualified AZ Expungement Attorney. An experienced attorney will develop the best defense strategy for your case. Presenting strong evidence, collecting thorough documentation, and presenting careful explanation of a clear record since conviction, all help build a strong defense. Even with all of this, it often takes a strong and experienced defense attorney to present your case to a judge and ensure that it is approved.
Rather than taking the risk that your judgment will not be set aside, turn to Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys for experienced representation and help clearing your Arizona criminal record. The benefits that come from having a clear record are important and can have a large affect on your life. Put your trust in Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys and take positive steps towards expungement of your past criminal record.