There are few things worse than being convicted of a crime, and if this has happened to you, you are most likely looking to do everything in your power to have your conviction cleared, or expunged, from your record, as a criminal record can bring about various long-term burdens on a person’s life. Fortunately, many crimes do qualify for expungement here in Maryland. Read on and reach out to our experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I can have my record expunged in Maryland?
When someone has a criminal record expunged, it essentially means that their crime cannot be viewed by the public–only certain agencies–such as the FBI or ICE. That being said, only certain criminal records may be expunged in Maryland. In Maryland, you may only have your record expunged if you:
- Received probation before judgment (except for DUI cases and certain sex offense cases)
- Received a set
- Had your case dismissed (nolle prosequi)
- Were never prosecuted
- Were pardoned by the governor
- Committed a crime that was listed in Md. Code, Criminal Procedure §10-105(a)(9)
- Were convicted of a crime that is no longer considered a crime
You should note that if you are currently facing additional criminal charges, you may not be eligible for expungement until the current charges are resolved.
How long will I have to wait to have my criminal record expunged in Maryland?
In Maryland, you may have your record expunged (as long as you qualify) three years after the date of a stet, or entry of probation before judgment. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor listed in Md. Code, Criminal Procedure §10-110, you may request to have your record expunged within 10 years of the date of conviction. Further, you may have your record expunged after four years if you were convicted of marijuana possession charges. In other cases, those who were convicted of assault or another crime listed in Md. Code, Criminal Procedure §6-233., may have their record expunged after 15 years. Finally, if your case was dismissed, you may receive an immediate expungement, as long as you and your attorney file a general waiver and release stating that you will not file suit against the arresting police officer or complaining witness.
For any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense attorney today.
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