5 Benefits of Having Your Criminal Record Expunged

Whether you have had a misdemeanor or felony conviction, your record can make it challenging to get back on your feet. A permanent criminal record follows you everywhere, even if you’re ready to move on. Those past crimes leave permanent marks on your life. It can be emotionally draining to have your past mistakes constantly resurfacing long after you’ve changed your life.  When it comes to moving forward, it’s beneficial to consider taking the time and money to expunge your criminal record.

5 Benefits of Expunging Your Criminal Record

Expungement is a legal process in which a criminal charge, conviction, or arrest is erased. Once a criminal record is expunged, it’s as if the individual never had a criminal history. There are a number of benefits to gain after expunging your records.

Obtain Employment

Potential employers often run background checks and are reluctant to hire those with a criminal record. Even if a potential employer doesn’t run a background check, applications still ask whether you’ve been convicted of a crime. Once your record is expunged, you can lawfully answer “no” when asked about a criminal record.

Find a Place to Live

Like employers, landlords also conduct background checks on potential tenants. If a landlord learns of your criminal history, they may charge you higher rent or deposit, or they may even look for a more ideal candidate. After expungement, your criminal record may no longer show up on their end, making it easier for you to find a home.

Get Loans

Taking out a loan can help jumpstart your life after serving a sentence. However, many loan agencies believe those with criminal records are less likely to pay back their loans on time. Under this belief, loan agencies deny loan applications or apply higher interest rates.

Apply for College

Juvenile criminal records can have an adverse effect on higher education endeavors. College administrators tend to deny those charged or convicted as children or adults. Having your record expunged may prevent universities from knowing about your criminal past.

Moving On

A record that follows you everywhere can be debilitating. It’s difficult to move on from the past when it comes up so frequently. Having your record expunged is liberating. It gives you the freedom to live as a normal citizen. From then on, the only people who need to know about your past are those you trust enough to discuss it with them.

Work with Our Attorneys to Help Get Your Record Expunged

Living with a criminal record can define you, even if you’ve tried to move on. At The Umansky Law Firm, we understand how difficult it can be to live with a criminal record, which is why we are to provide you with exceptional legal representation and counsel. We provide trusted counsel, personalized strategies, and aggressive trial tactics that allow us to make the ultimate difference in our clients’ lives. To consult with one of our expungement attorneys about expunging your record, call (407) 228-3838 or fill out this form.