Mistakes you made when you were 18 or 25 or 30 do not define who you are today. You are not the same person you were 10 years ago or 20 years ago.
Clearing Your Criminal Record
Recognizing the fact that people do change, Utah law provides ways to clear your official criminal record and make it match more closely with the person you have become – the person you are today.
We love helping people clear their criminal records. Call us today to discuss what strategy will make the most sense for your specific circumstances.
What options do you have?
Expungement and “402” reduction are the two main tools used to clear criminal records in Utah. The pardon process is also an option to consider if you do not qualify for help through traditional expungement or reduction.
Wait times will depend on what is on your record and what you are trying to do.
The expungement process for a dismissed case can often begin after only 30 days. The eligibility waiting period for expungement of a conviction will depend on the number of convictions, the level (severity) of those convictions, and the type of offense involved. Wait times for expunging a conviction typically range between 3 years and 10 years.
A 402 reduction following successful completion of probation does not explicitly require any waiting period. But in some circumstances, it can make strategic sense to delay filing a formal motion. Waiting periods for a 402 reduction without successful completion of probation or parole can depend on several different eligibility factors.
The pardon process does not require a specific waiting period. However, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole normally requires a “significant” period of time since a person was last involved in the criminal justice system. This generally means a waiting period of at least 5-7 years.
Contact us today to talk about how we can help you clear your criminal record.