The Law Office of Wilfred W. Yeargan can file a Petition for Expungement of your criminal or traffic charge in the jurisdiction where it was heard. §19.2-392.2 of the Virginia Code specifies the conditions when expungement is appropriate. Expungement of a criminal or traffic offense removes the charge existing on the defendant’s record.
Virginia Petition for Expungement
A Petition for Expungement can be successfully filed when a criminal or traffic charge is nolle prosequi, dismissed, or a defendant was acquitted. A Petition for Expungement cannot be successfully filed when a defendant was convicted of a criminal or traffic charge. It is also not available when the charge was deferred for dismissal with a stipulation of guilt.
The Petition for Expungement is a civil matter, not criminal. A proper pleading must be drafted and served on the Commonwealth Attorney, who is required to file an answer within 21 days. Typically, the defendant must be fingerprinted at the time a Petition for Expungement is filed. If the Petition is filed correctly and is successful, the criminal or traffic charge will be removed from the defendant’s record by court order.
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If you have questions about the process of expungement, please contact Attorney Yeargan by calling or sending an online message today. He will be happy to answer your inquiries and schedule a consultation. Attorney Yeargan has successfully handled many expungements in a quick period of time.