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Northwest Arkansas Expungement Lawyers

Arkansas Petition to Seal

A criminal record can make it extremely hard to get a job, find housing, apply for college, and live a normal life. If your life has been negatively affected by your criminal record, Attorney Doug Norwood and his team can help you get your life back on the right path. We may be able to help you get your record sealed. Taking this legal action can help you get the fresh start you deserve.

Norwood & Norwood, P.A. has represented more than 35,000 clients and helped over a thousand clients get their criminal records sealed. Our criminal defense team has nearly 100 years of combined experience and includes former prosecutors. That is why we have hundreds of 5 star reviews and the people of Northwest Arkansas have voted us Best of NWA Criminal Lawyer, NWA Democrat-Gazette.

At Norwood & Norwood, P.A., we are passionate about helping our clients have the best possible future. When you schedule a free visit our Northwest Arkansas expungement attorneys are here to help you determine if you are eligible to seal your record in Northwest Arkansas and advise you through the process. We offer our clients reasonable rates.

Call (479) 235-4600 today to schedule your free office visit. We have offices located in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale.

What Is an Expungement in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, many individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a crime qualify to have their criminal records sealed. This process is also commonly referred to as expungement.

Sealing a criminal record does not mean that your records are destroyed or completely wiped clean. It does mean that the information about your arrest, charges, or conviction should be treated as confidential. After the record is sealed, the public should no longer able to see it, and you are legally permitted to deny that you committed the offense.

What is Required for an Expungement in Arkansas?

Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible to petition to have their criminal record sealed. Our legal team will determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed.

Felonies each require a careful look to see if you are eligible. However, most misdemeanor charges will be eligible to be sealed after the conditions of any sentence have been completed. Some misdemeanor offenses require a waiting period of five years.

Misdemeanor crimes that probably require the extended wait time include:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Fourth-degree sexual assault
  • Battery in the third degree
  • Class A negligent homicide
  • Driving or boating while intoxicated
  • Public sexual indecency
  • Third-degree domestic battery

Sealing Charges That Were Dropped, Dismissed, or Not Filed

A conviction is not the only thing that can show up on a criminal record. Arrests and charges can be added to your criminal history even if the charges were later dismissed, or if your trial resulted in a not guilty.

The good news is, your arrest records are probably eligible for record sealing/expungement. You may be able to also request to seal your record if you were arrested for an offense, but the prosecution did not file charges within one year of the arrest.

How to Expunge Your Record in Arkansas

If you have an arrest or conviction that you want to have sealed, our Northwest Arkansas expungement attorneys are available 24/7 to help. We have nearly 100 years of collective experience fighting for over 35,000 clients.

Contact Norwood & Norwood, (479) 235-4600to discuss your case with our Northwest AR lawyers, who can provide information on how to potentially expunge your record in Arkansas. 

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