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Seeking A Clean Criminal Record With The Help Of A Honolulu Expungement Attorney

Criminal records are, for the most part, public information in our country. They’re readily accessible online and through background checks. That means a criminal conviction or even arrest record can impact your life long after your sentence was completed and you have repaid your debt to society. Expungement offers a way to erase certain criminal matters from the public record so they will no longer impede your job prospects, professional licensure, educational opportunities, housing, ability to get a loan and other important opportunities.

Getting an expungement in Hawai‘i can be a complicated process, however. When you contact Harrison Law Center, A Law Corporation, I can help you each step of the way, utilizing more than 40 years of experience navigating the criminal justice system. I provide diligent and thorough representation for clients across Hawai‘i seeking expungements – as well as those who live on the mainland but are seeking to expunge a Hawai‘i criminal record.

The Basics Of Expungement In Hawai‘i And The Importance Of A Thorough Approach

Expungement in Hawai‘i involves sealing criminal records, making them inaccessible to the public (and shielded from background checks). Not all criminal records are eligible for expungement. Those that may be eligible include:

    • Arrests that didn’t result in a conviction
    • First-time drug offenses
    • DUI convictions for drivers under 21 at the time
    • Certain first-time theft offenses
    • Prostitution

    If your records are eligible, there are two steps to securing an expungement:

    • Sealing arrest records
    • Sealing court records

    Unfortunately, too many lawyers fail to pay attention to these details and will expunge only court records, leaving arrest records intact. I take a thorough approach to the expungement process, ensuring that all eligible records are completely sealed.

    Can Felonies Be Expunged In Hawai‘i?

    Felonies are the most damaging aspects of a criminal record, which is why you should expunge them if possible.

    If you were charged with a felony in Hawai‘i but the charges did not result in a conviction, you can likely have the records expunged. Unfortunately, most felony convictions cannot be expunged in Hawai‘i. This means that if you have been found guilty of a felony, it will typically remain on your record permanently.

    Every situation is unique, which is why it is important to consult an experienced attorney who can give you advice tailored to your specific circumstances. When you contact my firm, I can help you understand the law, your rights, and any options that might be available to you, including any recent changes in the law that could affect your case.

    If applicable, I can help you fill out expungement forms and obtain any necessary information from parties like the original arresting agency in your case. My goal is to help you move forward in life, leaving the past where it belongs.

    Discuss Your Options During A Free Initial Consultation

    As a highly experienced defense attorney, I understand the significant impact a criminal record can have on your life. I care about your reputation, employment and future opportunities. Let me help you pursue an expungement to put the past behind you.

    For a free consultation, call my Honolulu office at 808-501-0408 or reach out online. I serve clients across the state of Hawai‘i, as well as residents of other states with a criminal record in Hawai‘i.