How to Expunge Your Domestic Violence Charge or Conviction

Having a domestic charge or conviction on your record can be extremely detrimental to potential job prospects. Many with a domestic violence record have a difficult time re-entering the workforce as many companies turn down those who have been convicted of domestic violence. Fortunately, many states offer remedies from expungement, setting aside the conviction, vacating a conviction, sealing the record and offering Certificates of Rehabilitation. Your past does not have to hold you back.

If your conviction is in California, Nevada, New Jersey, or Utah, consider this site's sponosor (877-573-7273). If your conviction is in another state, see our section on choosing an expungement attorney and information on how to expunge domestic violence.

Expunge Domestic Violence Conviction

Expunge Domestic Violence ArrestA conviction occurs when a court enters a finding of guilt. This usually happens after a person pleads guilty or no contest, or when a judge or jury enters a verdict of guilt. Here is a partial list of states that allow you to expunge domestic violence convictions: Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, and Utah. States that do NOT allow domestic violence convictions to be expunged include Florida, Texas, and Washington. If your domestic violence conviction is in a state not listed above see or section on choosing an attorney to find one what can consult with you about how to expunge domestic violence convictions.

Expunge DV Arrests that Did Not Lead to a Conviction (Arrests Only)

Even though you were not convicted, the record of an arrest can cause you to lose a job, housing and substantial embarrassment. Most states allow you to have your domestic violence arrest records sealed if you were NOT convicted. See our section on choosing an expungement attorney to find one who can consult with you about how to expunge domestic violence arrest records.

Choose a Qualified Attorney to Expunge Your DV Charge

Expunge Domestic Violence ConvictionChoosing the wrong attorney to expunge your felony can cost you your only chance of successfully expunging your felony conviction. When choosing a felony expungement attorney, make certain they specialize in expungement. While any licensed attorney can represent you in court, choosing a specialized expungement attorney can make the difference when it comes to having your felony expunged.

Domestic Violence Expungement Benefits

Expunge Domestic Violence RecordExpungement of your domestic violence record has endless benefits and opens you up to new employment opportunities. Once your record is expunged, you can stop fearing the background checks and can apply for any job or professional license with confidence. The internet has made background checks accessible to all employers and landlords. Accurate history can be obtained fast and inexpensively. The post 9-11 world increasingly requires people to perform background checks to protect themselves from liability and to fulfill insurance requirements. While choosing to have your felony expunged may have required thought in 1993, it is a now a no brainer. Anyone eligible for domestic violence expungement or record sealing should find a way to make that important investment in theirself If your domestic violence record has been holding you back, then it's time to seek a qualified expungement attorney.

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Florida Domestic Violence Definition

According to § 741.28 of the Florida State Statutes:
"Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

"Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.