In the state of Vermont, it is possible to have certain criminal convictions expunged, or completely removed from your record. This includes certain types of both misdemeanors and felonies.
When a person is convicted of a crime, a record of that conviction could follow them around for the rest of their life. Their criminal record can hold them back, making it more difficult for them to get certain jobs, receive loans, and acquire citizenship. These additional challenges are in addition to the initial punishments criminal convictions carry, including jail time and fines, making life after a conviction quite difficult for some.
The process of expungement in Vermont can only come after you’ve served the entire sentence, including any probation you may have been sentenced to, and paid any fines or restitution owed, but can dramatically help a person get their life back on track after a criminal conviction.
After you are convicted of a crime, a public record is created. However, when you have that crime expunged, this public record of your convictions can be deleted. This means that a previous conviction that has been expunged cannot lawfully be used against you for any reason – including when seeking a job, during a lawsuit, when seeking a loan, or in future criminal investigations.
If you’ve been convicted of a crime, the process of expungement can be difficult to navigate. However, be aware that you may be able to have your charge completely removed from your record. Kramer Law Office will likely be able to help you with an expungement; Call 802-257-2221 to learn more and to schedule your free consultation.