Salisbury Expungement Attorneys

Criminal Defense Attorney Helping People With Expungements in Maryland

Some types of criminal records can be expunged in Maryland. An expungement is the elimination of official public records of criminal investigations, charges, prosecutions and court dispositions. In order to get your criminal record expunged you must file a Petition for Expungement with the court. A criminal record harms your reputation and can make it difficult to get a job and housing. Through the use of the Internet and private companies it is easy to find out the criminal record of another person. Employers use this information when making decisions about job offers; insurance companies analyze this information when determining rates; and this information can even affect the granting of a housing application.

Located in Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland, the MacDonald Law Office may be able to help you petition the court for an expungement of your criminal record. We are here to help you protect your future and make sure you are not penalized for your past. To learn more about our expungement practice, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.

Only certain types of criminal records can be expunged under Maryland law. It is important to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney review your record and advise you about whether or not your record can be expunged before you spend the money on an expungement petition. Our lawyers are former prosecutors who can properly evaluate the disposition of your case and what parts of your record may be able to be expunged. You may be eligible for an expungement of the following:

  • Arrests where you were never formally charged
  • Probation before judgment (PBJ)- except DUI or DWI
  • Stet docket (3 years passed)
  • Trial that results in a not guilty verdict or hung jury
  • Charges that were not pressed, dismissed or not prosecuted
  • Convictions for a limited number of minor crimes

NEW LAW: PRIOR CONVICTIONS IN MARYLAND FOR POSSESSION OF UNDER 10 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA MAY BE EXPUNGED BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2015. If you were previously convicted of Possession of Marijuana (under 10 grams) you are probably eligible to have this conviction expunged under a new law in Maryland that goes into effect on October 1, 2015. Possession of under 10 grams of Marijuana is no longer a crime in Maryland. If you were convicted of possession of Marijuana (under 10 grams) before it was decriminalized, you can get an expungement as of October 1, 2015. Click on the following link for more information: link to . Contact the MacDonald Law Office today for more information on how to expunge your conviction for under 10 grams of Marijuana in Maryland.

Not every type of charge or conviction can be expunged. Likewise, there are certain waiting periods you must fulfill before seeking an expungement for certain types of dispositions. For example, a PBJ or a stet can only be expunged after three years have passed since the disposition. We can advise you as to what requirements there are and your chances of being successful if you do decide to seek an expungement.

Although in most cases an expungement does not result in your record completely being destroyed or erased, it can mean that the record is sealed and moved out of the publicly searchable databases. This may help you avoid having these records used by parties such as potential employers. We can counsel you about how to properly deal with these situations whether your expungement is granted or not.

Your records and your privacy are your business and you have a right to protect them. We can help you with this process. Contact us today to learn more about expungements and our criminal defense practice during a free confidential consultation.