Expungement Lawyers in Las Cruces
Helping Clients in New Mexico Restore Their Reputations
Being convicted of a crime can make life more difficult. With prospective landlords, employers, and loan officers being able to make judgements about you based on your criminal history, you may feel like your whole life will be spent paying the consequences for a mistake made earlier in life. The good news is that, in 2019, New Mexico passed the strongest expungement law in the United States. You can now clear your entire criminal history, even if you served time in jail or prison. The Las Cruces expungement lawyers at The Lahann Law Firm can help you file all the necessary paperwork and protect your future.
Our team can help you honestly say that you are not convicted of any crimes. The law itself says “Upon entry of an order to expunge, the proceedings shall be treated as if they never occurred.” This is the fresh start you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
Are You Eligible?
You must first find out if you meet the requirements to have your DNA records expunged. Keep in mind, expungement is not always an option, especially if you were convicted of a felony. It is worth calling The Lahann Law Firm for a free consultation to learn more about whether or not you qualify.
You may be eligible to have your record expunged if:
- You were arrested for a misdemeanor and there is no record of disposition (your crime was never officially dismissed or you were never formally sent to a diversionary program as punishment)
- You were charged for someone else’s crimes while they illegally used your identity
- Your conviction was reversed
- You were not convicted of a felony within one year of the arrest
- Charges against you were dropped or dismissed
- You met other requirements set forth in court
Properly Filing for Expungement
First, you must file a petition with the District Court in the county of your arrest or conviction.
A copy of that petition must be served on:
- The District Attorney
- The law enforcement agency that arrested or charged you
- The New Mexico Department of Public Safety
A hearing will then be held in front of a District Court Judge, with attorneys from the prosecution and law enforcement agencies on the other side. Certain requirements, such as lack of recent conviction, good character, etc., must be proven to the court.
Once the order of expungement is granted, copies of the order must be delivered to the agencies responsible for clearing the criminal and court databases. Any misstep anywhere along the way in the process could result in you not getting what the new law says you deserve—a clean start.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Don’t wait to hire an attorney to clear your record. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be able to breathe easier knowing that your past is finally behind you. Call or message The Lahann Law Firm today to start the process of closing the chapter on the mistakes you made when you were young.