Missouri Expungement Laws

This guide provides an overview of Missouri expungement laws, eligibility requirements, and official resources to assist in the expungement process.

Navigating the process of expungement in Missouri can seem daunting. However, with the right resources and understanding of the law, individuals seeking to clear their criminal records can find relief and a fresh start. This guide provides an overview of Missouri expungement laws, eligibility requirements, and official resources to assist in the expungement process.

Understanding Missouri Expungement Laws

Expungement in Missouri allows individuals to have certain criminal records sealed, making them inaccessible through the state or federal repositories. This process can be life-changing, offering a second chance to those who qualify.

Key Legislation:

  1. Revised Statutes of Missouri, RSMo Section 610.140: This is the cornerstone of Missouri's expungement laws, detailing the offenses that can be expunged, the process, and the effects of expungement.

  2. SB347 - Provisions Relating to Expungement: This bill further outlines the specifics of the expungement process in Missouri, including any recent amendments or updates.

Eligibility for Expungement in Missouri

Not all crimes are eligible for expungement, and the process involves strict criteria. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Waiting Period: There is a specified waiting period after the completion of your sentence, including probation or parole, before you can apply for expungement. This period varies depending on the offense.
  • Type of Crime: Certain offenses, particularly violent crimes, sexual offenses, and Class A felonies, are generally not eligible for expungement.
  • Number of Offenses: Missouri law limits the number of offenses that can be expunged.

For a detailed overview of eligibility requirements:

How to Apply for Expungement

Do-It-Yourself Expungement

While it's possible to navigate the expungement process without legal assistance, it can be complex. For those looking to proceed on their own:

  • Missouri's Self-Help Resources: The Missouri Courts offer guidance and forms for individuals seeking expungement.
  • Detailed Instructions: Ensure you follow all instructions carefully, including completing the necessary forms and submitting them to the appropriate court.

Given the complexities of the law, consulting with an attorney who specializes in expungement cases in Missouri can be invaluable. Legal professionals can provide:

  • Guidance on eligibility
  • Assistance with paperwork
  • Representation in court, if necessary

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What crimes can be expunged in Missouri?

    • Refer to RSMo Section 610.140 for a list of eligible offenses and the specific criteria for expungement.
  • How long does it take to get your record expunged in Missouri?

    • The process can vary greatly in length, depending on the specifics of the case and the court's schedule. Generally, it can take several months to over a year.
  • Does Missouri have a clean slate law?

    • As of the last update, Missouri does not have a "clean slate" law that automatically expunges certain records after a period of time. The expungement process must be initiated by the individual.

For those seeking a fresh start, understanding and navigating Missouri's expungement laws is the first step towards clearing one's criminal record. Utilize the resources provided, consider professional legal assistance, and take the necessary steps towards a brighter future.

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