Do I Need an Attorney to Expunge My Criminal Record in Virginia?
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Whether you need to see an attorney in order to successfully get your record expunged depends in large part on the particular facts of your case. Few expungement requests are cut and dry. The manifest injustice standard used by judges to determine final expungement status does not make things any easier. Because there are as many different cases and fact patterns as there are judges, speculating about what may convince one judge in one particular jurisdiction is not productive unless you are an attorney who has handled expungement cases in Virginia and knows the law and how it applies.
The situation is no less complicated for juvenile criminal history records in Virginia. In general, most law enforcement records of juvenile offenses are considered confidential in Virginia anyway, so you may want to consult an attorney before pursuing the expungement of such a record (if it hasnt happened or isnt scheduled to happen automatically anyway).
If your case is at all uncertain, or if you have any questions about the viability of your expungement application, you should always use the services of a qualified Virginia criminal record expungement attorney.
For other articles on Virginia expungement of criminal records, click on the following:
Overview of Virginia Criminal History Record Expungements
Eligibility for Expunging and Sealing Adult Criminal records in Virginia
Process for Expunging Adult Criminal Records in Virginia
Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records in Virginia
Process for Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records in Virginia