Don't Let Your Past Limit Your Future

Missouri Expungement Services

Don’t Let Your Past Hurt Your Future

If you have a criminal record in Missouri, I’m sure you understand how frustrating it can be to have a criminal record. Whether you’re charged, convicted, or only arrested for a crime in Missouri, a criminal record is created and then maintained by a division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol called the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) and the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, making your records available when you’re trying to get a job, purchase a firearm, or do something else that requires a background check.

A record can make getting the job you want seem impossible. They can make living where you want out of reach. You may even have had some of your constitutional rights revoked like voting or owning a gun. Unless you expunge your record, it doesn’t matter how old the record is. It will probably be there forever.

Prior to 2018 it was often difficult to expunge your record in Missouri. Thankfully, Senate Bill 588 has made it much easier to expunge arrests and convictions, as well as the ability to restore your Second Amendment Rights.

Know Your Options

Missouri 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. For specific information on if you qualify, how the legal process works, and what the effects are of each of these legal services, follow the links to our specific Missouri services.

The most common remedies to deal with a criminal record in Missouri include:

Missouri generally allows quite a few people to expunge arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, felony convictions, and juvenile records. Missouri is also fairly permissive in restoring firearm rights. On the service-specific pages linked above you will find more information about each of these Missouri criminal record removal methods.

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 Expungement

Expungements in Missouri allow you to legally state that you were not arrested or been convicted of a crime in almost all situations. In many cases a Missouri expungement will restore your Second Amendment Rights as well. Restoring firearm rights can be a bit more complicated, so visit our page on Missouri Firearm Rights Restoration if you want to learn more.

There are specific requirements discussed in our pages on specific Missouri resources, but the main requirements are generally that you’ve completed your sentence, your conviction was for an eligible offense, and that you haven’t been convicted of any new offenses during the relevant waiting period.

What You Need to Do to Get Started

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.

Each of Missouri’s expungement services have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Missouri 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 Missouri criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a 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 Missouri state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

How will expunging my conviction or arrest record help me get a job?

Expunging a Missouri conviction is currently the best way to improve your chances of getting a job when you have a criminal record. You can legally state that the conviction or arrest never occurred, and Missouri criminal justice agencies cannot release or make available any information related to the expunged matter. The bottom line is that the expunged criminal record is not publicly available and will not show up in most background check related to employment.

However, even after your criminal record has been expunged, the Missouri State Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) continues to index and maintain expunged criminal records for very specific uses. They are prohibited from releasing this information to the public, but upon special request, certain organizations may access expunged information in limited circumstances. These organizations are primarily related to professional licensing, banking, insurance, and employment relating to law enforcement and emergency service providers.

As a result, there are certain occupations requiring Missouri state licensing where you may need to disclose the expunged criminal information. However, these situations are limited, expunging your record will likely demonstrate rehabilitation, and expunging your record should keep that information from the vast majority of potential employers.

Will expunging my record restore my Second Amendment Right to own and possess a firearm?

Missouri law provides two main ways to restore your firearm rights, by expungement or pardon from the Governor. It should be noted that there is legal authority indicating that a 402 Reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor may also be a viable way to restore your Second Amendment Rights, but the law around this method is somewhat unclear.

Pardons are currently granted very infrequently in Missouri, so if your firearm rights were taken due to a felony conviction, the easiest and most common way to restore firearms in Missouri is via expungement.

Not everybody with a felony conviction can restore their constitutional right to own or possess firearms, but Missouri’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.

Restoring firearm rights 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.

Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Missouri include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested, charged, or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • 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
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to highly sensitive personal information.

What Makes Our Law Firm Different

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.

Each of Missouri’s expungement services have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Missouri 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 Missouri criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Missouri 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 Missouri state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

Do I have to disclose a criminal record that has been expunged to prospective employers?
Sometimes. In most circumstances, you can answer “NO” when asked by prospective employers if you have been convicted of the expunged offense. However, you must disclose your expungement in the following circumstances:
  • 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.
How long does it take to expunge a criminal record?
Unfortunately, courts can take a while to get information and look over petitions. The time frame also depends on the case, crime, and sentence completion date. The more complex the case, the longer it takes to get expunged. For more information on the time it takes for an expungement, click here.

Problems Caused By Your Record

Criminal records can cause problems long after you’re free from the courts. Unless you do something about it, your criminal record will typically remain in the public record forever. Today, background check sites are inexpensive and readily accessible to potential employers, lenders, landlords, family, and friends. Running these types of checks has become more and more routine for both business and personal reasons-if you have been arrested or convicted of crime and do not want the world to be aware of it, you must act now to do something about it.

We Are Here to Help

We understand how difficult a criminal record can make life. Fortunately, WipeRecord has record clearing services to help anybody with a criminal record. Our flat fees includes all required legal research, drafting and filing of all court documents, dealing with the District Attorney, and arguing your case in court. Typically, our clients rarely have to appear in court, so you should be able to sit back and let us do all of the work.

Missouri Services

WipeRecord is here to help. We have record clearing services to help anybody with a criminal record move forward in life with confidence and peace of mind. These rules can be complex, so contact our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify to have your record sealed-we are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to clear your criminal record.

Have More Questions?

Contact Our Criminal Record Analysts

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discuss clearing your criminal record, please contact us in the manner most convenient to you.

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The Benefits of a Clean Record

  • Get the job you want and make more money
  • Travel internationally without worrying
  • Reduce the cost of loans and insurance
  • Quit worrying about what people will find in a background check
  • Truthfully tell employers that you have not been convicted
  • Put your past mistakes behind you

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