Arizona Criminal Record Services
Don’t Let Your Past Hurt Your Future
When an individual is arrested or charged with a crime in Arizona, a criminal record is created with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Criminal History Records Division, who then forwards these records to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, making his or her records available to be found when conducting a background check.
These are just some of the criminal justice agencies that make your criminal history searchable in a background check for employment, purchasing a gun, and many other things like renting a place to live. Like many states, Arizona has enacted laws that provide some relief for Arizonians with criminal records that have already paid their debt to society.
Know Your Options
Arizona provides a few methods to deal with a criminal record, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the incidents on your record to figure out what’s the best method for you to deal with your criminal record.
The most common remedies to deal with a criminal record in Arizona include:
- Sealing Arrest Records in Arizona
- Setting Aside Convictions in Arizona
- Restoring Firearm Rights in Arizona
Arizona generally allows quite a few people to expunge arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, and felony convictions. Arizona is also fairly permissive in restoring firearm rights. However, Arizona is very restrictive in the sealing of arrest records. This was previously the case in California as well, so it is our hope that Arizona changes its law in a similar manner.
On the service-specific pages linked above, we will go over information about both of these post-conviction remedies in more detail, covering both how to qualify for these remedies and what the effects are for each of them.
This Information is for You
Since most people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people can follow along and get the information they need to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we want to be clear that some of this stuff can get pretty complicated, and in many cases it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be very helpful in figuring out what your options are. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate all of the time, but our lawyers have invested a lot of time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started now by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. However, be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our Secure Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.
Advantages of Setting Aside Your Records
Although Arizona law doesn’t actually use the term expungement, Arizona law permits you to set aside both misdemeanor and felony convictions, seal arrest records, restore civil rights like your firearm rights, and also set aside or seal juvenile records. Setting aside a conviction under ARS 13-907 allows you to legally state that you have not been convicted of a crime, and in many cases, it will restore your firearm rights as well. There are specific requirements discussed below, but the main requirement to setting aside your record is that you’ve completed your sentence.
How will expunging my conviction or arrest record help me get a job?
Setting aside an Arizona conviction is currently the best way to improve your chances of getting a job when you have a criminal record. Obtaining a set aside indicates that you’re no longer a “criminal” and releases you from the judgement of guilt. Unfortunately, it does not completely destroy or remove your record from the public record. Instead, when you are granted a set aside, the court vacates your conviction and dismisses the charges.
It would be preferable if the set aside completely eliminated your conviction, but setting a conviction aside releases you of a judgement of guilt and is the best thing you can do to make it easier to get a job with a criminal record. It depends on the employer, but you may have to disclose the incident, even if it has been set aside. However, it is far better when you can explain that the charge has now been dismissed and you are no longer a “criminal” under Arizona law. While setting aside a conviction in Arizona is not a perfect solution when you’re trying to get a job, it’s the best option available, and should put you in a far better position to get hired.
Will expunging my record restore my Second Amendment Right to own and possess a firearm?
Arizona law provides two different methods to restore your firearm rights. If you were not convicted of a “Serious Offense” set forth in ARS 13-706, a simple set aside should restore your right to own a firearm in most cases if it has been two years since final discharge from the terms of your sentence. A list of “Serious Offenses” can be found in the Firearm Rights Restoration section below of this page. However, if you were convicted of a “Serious Offense” you may still restore your firearm rights in many cases 10 years after final discharge from the terms of your sentence so long as your offense was not a “Dangerous Offense” under Arizona law (Dangerous Offenses are discussed in greater detail below).
Not everybody with an Arizona conviction can restore their constitutional right to own or possess firearms, but Arizona’s laws are pretty favorable when compared to the process in other states. It should be noted that you can almost never restore firearm rights based on federal convictions, and it can be very difficult if your Second Amendment rights were taken away due to a domestic violence conviction. For more information about federal firearm rights and domestic violence charges, the Department of Justice has resources you can find about domestic violence convictions.
We will go into more detail relating to restoring Second Amendment rights in Arizona below, but restoring firearm rights typically involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test, and then if appropriate, setting up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.
What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record
If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.
Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Arizona include:
- Removal of a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- Restoring your Second Amendment Right to bear arms
- No longer being treated as a felon
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
Each of Arizona’s methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Arizona criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Our firm is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Arizona criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of an Arizona criminal record.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Arizona state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!
- A license, certificate, or permit issued by the state to practice such individual’s profession;
- Any license issued under chapter 313 or permit issued under chapter 571;
- Paid or unpaid employment with an entity licensed under chapter 313, any state-operated lottery, or any emergency services provider, including any law enforcement agency;
- Employment with any federally insured bank or savings institution or credit union or an affiliate of such institution or credit union for the purposes of compliance with 12 U.S.C. Section 1829 and U.S.C. Section 1785;
- Employment with any entity engaged in the business of insurance or any insurer for the purpose of complying with 18 U.S.C. Section 1033, 18 U.S.C. Section 1034, or other similar law which requires an employer engaged in the business of insurance to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions from employment; or
- Employment with any employer that is required to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions from employment due to federal or state law, including corresponding rules and regulations.