How to Expunge a Domestic Violence Charge or Conviction Record

Overview of Domestic Violence Expungement and Record Sealing

Seal Domestic Violence ArrestDomestic Violence Convictions in state court will be governed by the law of the particular court. So if you were convicted of domestic violence in California court, you need to research California law- even if you now live in another state. Record sealing and expungement have different meanings in different states. The requirements for eligibility, waiting periods, costs, and benefits all vary by state. So make sure any research that you do about domestic violence expungement or record sealing is tailored to the state where your domestic violenceconviction occurred. To expunge your domestic violence charge or conviction, we recommend calling at 877-573-7273

Eligibility Test

Eligibility for Domestic Violence Expungement and Record Sealing

All states require that you complete your sentence before you can have your domestic violence case sealed or expunged. This only make sense as you cannot be serving a sentence for a case that has no records. However, in many states, you may be able to shorten your sentence by asking the court to terminate your sentence early. This may make you immediately eligible for domestic violence expungement or record sealing, at a minimum it may shorten the waiting period.

Waiting Period To Have A Domestic Violence Record Expunged or Sealed

Seal Domestic Violence ConvictionMost states have a waiting period for expungement of your domestic violence record; however there are notable exceptions that include California, Arizona, and others. You want to pay attention to when the waiting period begins. In most cases, the waiting period to have a record sealed or expunged starts from the time you complete your probation or parole. However, there are exceptions.

Domestic Violence Expungement and Sealing Court Hearing

Expungement of Domestic Violence RecordMost states require a judge to approve a request to seal or expunge a domestic violence record. This means a motion or petition needs to be filed on the court and, in most cases, served upon the district attorney. The state, represented by the DA, can, in most cases, object to the request to expunge domestic violence. The judge has final say on whether a domestic violence record is sealed or expunged. It always best to be represented by an attorney at all stages of the process. Look for an attorney who specializes in expungement or record sealing. If you cannot afford an attorney and meet low-income requirements, you may wish to enlist the service of the public defender.