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Charleston Expungement Attorneys

An old arrest or previous conviction, even for a minor offense, can significantly impact your life and entire future. It can limit your job opportunities, housing opportunities, and parental rights and even prevent you from obtaining a professional license or loan. Your criminal record will be displayed when someone runs a background check on you.

For more than 38 years, the Charleston expungement attorneys at Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, have helped many people get a fresh start, and we can do the same for you.

What You Should Know About Expungement in South Carolina

People can request the court to expunge or clear particular criminal records, such as convictions, charges, and arrests. Once expunged, these records will not be available to the general public, which includes prospective employers. Put simply, you can state that you have never been convicted, charged, or arrested for an expunged offense. Do note, though, that courts and law enforcement agencies can still access your expunged criminal records whenever they deem fit.

Do I Qualify for Expungement?

The majority of state expungement laws refer to specific crimes, such as drug possession, type of offender, like first offenders or youthful offenders, or the type of charge, such as a misdemeanor. The requirements for each vary greatly. In general, however, the options for expungement come with one or all of these requirements:

  • The case must involve a first-time offense.
  • The petitioner must not be involved in any type of illegal or criminal activity during the waiting period.
  • The petitioner cannot have pending criminal charges.
  • The petitioner hasn’t received a previous expungement for the specific offense they are requesting to expunge. This means that you can only expunge that specific offense once.

You should also know that being granted an expungement will depend on whether or not you have been convicted. No matter your specific situation, the Charleston expungement attorneys at Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, will do their best to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Let Our Charleston Expungement Attorneys Help With Your Case

At Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, you can expect our Charleston expungement attorneys to:

  • Handle your case from beginning to end to make sure your petition satisfies or exceeds the expungement requirements.
  • Identify and verify the specific jurisdiction and agencies involved.
  • Prepare and file a well-drafted expungement petition.
  • Make a solid argument for your expungement petition in court.

Our Charleston expungement attorneys will present your case in court and:

  • Establish how you specifically met all the expungement requirements.
  • Establish that you are not a threat to the public and the criminal system.
  • Establish that having your record expunged is in the best interest of the state.

If a past mistake that resulted in your conviction or arrest is haunting you and interfering with your life goals, find out if you are eligible for expungement. The expungement process and requirements are complicated, and laws often change, but our Charleston expungement attorneys will be with you every step of the way. Schedule your case consultation with the Charleston expungement attorneys at Query Sautter & Associates, LLC, by calling 843-795-9500 or reaching us online.