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How To Clear Your Criminal Record: A Step-By-Step Guide

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W Rinehart
Date Published
158 pages
This is a step-by-step guide for clearing a criminal record, regardless of offense or the jurisdiction where the record originated.
The first section distinguishes between misdemeanor and felony crimes and discusses how the records of these two types of crime are typically managed; misdemeanors are usually easier to expunge from a record. The next section considers who has a criminal record. Some who have been processed through some phase of the criminal justice system may believe that since there was no conviction, no record was kept. This is not always the case. This guide explains how a person may determine whether or not they have a record of having been processed by the justice system. This is followed by a section that explains what to do if your FBI record is wrong; the FBI has an established procedure for challenging a record. In discussing felony pardons, this guide advises that any person has the right to file for his/her own pardon, and this can be done by mail. With pardons, as with expungements, proof to the pardon board or court of rehabilitated behavior and lifestyle improves the chances of having a criminal record eliminated. Preparation for a pardon board appearance is also outlined. Other sections of this book address the motion to expunge a criminal record, required documents, an Ohio criminal record, and expungement. A glossary of terms and 14 sources


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