If you have previously been convicted of a crime, plead guilty, or plead no contest, those charges remain on your criminal history. A criminal record follows you wherever you go. It may stand in the way of obtaining a job, improving your life, and can negatively impact any future encounters with law enforcement. In Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts you may be eligible to have these convictions removed from your criminal record, or have your criminal record sealed.
In some cases, your previous charge and the length of time that has passed may result in clear eligibility for expungement. In other cases, it may be up to the judge’s discretion to grant an expungement request. At Burke Law, we can help guide you through your options and file the necessary paperwork to clear up your criminal record.
Each state has different requirements and calls the process a different name.
- Vermont: Expungement
- New Hampshire: Annulment
- Massachusetts: Sealing of Criminal Record
The first step in the process begins with a review of your criminal history to determine your eligibility. If you do not know how to obtain your full criminal history, we can help. Once we have your criminal history, we will then discuss your options for filing a request with the court.
If you are eligible for expungement/annulment/sealing of criminal record, we will prepare and file the petition with the court for you. We charge flat fees to handle most cases. The fee will cover filing the petition, attending/arguing any hearings in your case, and preparing a final order.