A felony expungement is the complete removal of criminal charges, with the exception of some mandatory minimum penalties. A felony is simply a criminal offense that is considered to be much more serious than a misdemeanor, and consists of a series of different categories of crimes which are commonly classified as being the highest-level offenses. Felony expungement can also be called sealing or annulling a conviction, since the process ensures the crime did not take place at all.
A criminal conviction can result from many different factors, including vehicular homicide, drug possession, fraud, kidnapping, arson, theft, embezzlement, possession of illegal guns, assault, and murder. All felony charges have a certain degree of penalties for each charge that is charged, but the penalties are significantly reduced when expunging or sealing a criminal record. This is why this form of felony expungement is so popular.
For most people, having a criminal conviction that was sealed is no longer something that can affect their daily life, and it is not something they have to live with. It is possible to apply for a felony expungement in most states, although it is always best to consult an expungement lawyer before doing so. The process involves the sealing of the charges and ensuring that the offender never committed the actual offense.
In order to seal a criminal conviction, it is essential to know exactly what it is that you are going to be charged with, which is different from criminal extinctions, which are considered civil filings. Criminal expunctions deal only with criminal charges, while felony expungements deal with all of the offenses that were filed against the individual during their criminal prosecution. Because expungement deals primarily with the criminal aspect of the case, it is important to know what the charges actually are before making any decisions.
Felony Expunged convictions can be applied to the person's background and can impact employment opportunities, housing, and other areas. It is important to determine what will happen if the conviction is applied to an individual before filing for a criminal expungement, as there are some states that allow people to get a criminal expungement on their records if it does not affect their daily life. These states have found that the majority of felony convictions are irrelevant to the job they are applying for, housing, education, and other things in life that make the individual happy. If the conviction is not relevant to someone's lifestyle, it may be an avenue that needs to explore before getting a criminal expungement.
In cases where a criminal conviction has caused a person to lose jobs, homes, and other aspects of their lives, the expunged conviction should be considered. While there are many reasons that a felony conviction may not have been relevant to an individual's life, it is not necessarily a reason to file for expungement. Many people have their convictions sealed with the intent of getting their name cleared, which means the criminal conviction does not affect any other aspect of their life.