Expungements and Record Sealing
Being convicted of a crime can have long-lasting effects on your future. Employment opportunities are extremely limited for individuals with a criminal record. In addition, depending on the conviction, your housing options may be limited. Similarly, in your personal life, the social stigma of having a conviction on your record may make you feel isolated.
Although these repercussions may be permanent, they do not have to be. Expungement is an option for many individuals with a criminal conviction on their record. It can offer you a new lease on life and get you back to where you were prior to your conviction. However, due to the complications accompanying an expungement, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced lawyer familiar with the process.
Utah Expungement Defense Attorney
Susanne Gustin has years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. While she has successfully defended numerous clients from serious offenses including sex crimes, drug crimes, and violent crimes, she also has experience expunging the records of those convicted.
If you have been convicted of a crime and want to take the next steps toward getting your life back, contact Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law today. Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law represents clients in Salt Lake City, Davis County, and several surrounding areas. Don’t wait another second. Call (801) 243-2814 to speak with a defense attorney on the expungement process.
Expungement Information Center
- Expungement Defined by Utah Code
- Qualifying for Expungement in Utah
- Individuals Barred from Expungement
- Additional Resources for Expungement in Utah
Utah Code §77-40-102(8) defines expungement as a way to seal or restrict access to a petitioner’s record held by an agency when the record includes a criminal investigation, detention, arrest, or conviction. To begin the process of expunging your record, you must first apply to the bureau for a certificate of eligibility and pay an application fee. If the certificate of eligibility is approved for expungement, you must pay an issuance fee. This certificate must then be filed with a petition for expungement in the court where proceedings occurred or in the district court where the arrest occurred if the proceedings court no longer exists.
A copy of the petition must be delivered to the prosecutorial office, or to the county attorney’s office where the arrest occurred if there were no court proceedings. If the petition is objected, a hearing will be set forth by the court. If the petition is not objected an expungement may be granted.
To qualify for expungement, an individual must have paid all fines, interest, and restitution ordered by the court and all restitution. In addition, a person must also comply with the required waiting period for each conviction which they intend to expunge. These waiting periods will vary based on the severity of the conviction. Required waiting periods for expungement are as follows:
- Misdemeanor convictions in Subsection 41-6a-501(2) or felony convictions in Subsection 58-37-8(2)(g) require a ten years;
- Felony conviction – seven years;
- Class A misdemeanor or a felony drug possession offense – five years;
- Class B misdemeanor – four years; or
- Any other misdemeanor or infraction – three years.
Not everyone with prior convictions is eligible for expungement. Certain violent offenses or sex crimes will not qualify for expungement. The following convictions will bar an individual from expungement:
- A capital felony;
- First-degree felony;
- Violent felonies;
- Felony automobile homicides;
- Felony violations of Subsection 41-6a-501(2);
- A registerable sex offense as defined by Subsection 77-41-102(17);
- A criminal proceeding is pending against an individual; or
- The petitioner intentionally or knowingly provides falsified information or provides misleading information on the application for eligibility.
Expungement can be extremely beneficial for individuals with prior convictions. Expunging your record means that your criminal record will not be visible to the public. In addition, you may also be open to more housing and education opportunities which would previously require disclosure of a criminal record. Employment opportunities previously requiring disclosure of a conviction may also open up for you.
Additional Resources for Expungement in Utah
Utah State Legislature– Click this link to view Chapter 40 of the Utah Code. This state site provides the full statute defining expungement and its qualification requirements. Also, it includes the detailed waiting time for each type of conviction.
Utah Department of Public Safety– The Utah Department of Safety provides a list frequently asked questions regarding the expungement process. Click the link to learn how to get your criminal record expunged and how much the procedure costs. You can learn how to file a juvenile expungement.
Salt Lake County Expungement Defense Lawyer
Having a criminal record expunged without the use of an attorney can be a complicated process. If you were previously convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Susanne Gustin will work tirelessly to skillfully represent you.
Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law has over 30 years of experience defending clients against a wide array of offenses, including sex crimes, theft and property crimes, and juvenile crimes. Susanne Gustin accepts cases in Salt Lake County, West Valley City, West Jordan, Sandy, Taylorsville, South Jordan, Davis Counties, and surrounding areas. Contact her at Susanne Gustin at (801) 243-2814 for a free, initial consultation.