Annulment of Criminal Records
New Hampshire authorities understand everyone makes mistakes. This is why it is possible to obtain an annulment of your NH criminal record, for most convictions. The legal process of obtaining an annulment of a criminal record may be confusing, overwhelming, and time-consuming. The NH Criminal defense attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. in Manchester NH, can help you explore the possibility of an annulment and make clearing your record a reality.
What is an Annulment?
The legal annulment essentially treats you as if the arrest or conviction never happened. If you were arrested and the case was dismissed or you were found not guilty, the arrest record can be wiped away from public record. Under certain circumstances, a conviction can also be expunged from your criminal record. The reasons for pursuing an annulment of a criminal record vary greatly from person to person. For many, it is personal and they wish to get a clean slate as they move forward from a past mistake. For others, the motive may be to protect a professional career or reputation.
The process of getting an annulment begins with filing a petition to annul the criminal record. A prosecutor can object to the petition and fight the annulment. The judge can either grant or deny the petition. It is up to you and a trusted attorney to persuade a judge to grant the petition. The filing of the petition and the request to get that petition granted can be made smoother with representation from an experienced criminal law firm who will fight to get you the fresh start you need.
Eligibility for Annulment
There are eligibility and time period requirements for filing for an annulment of a criminal record. The person filing must be free of any criminal convictions for a certain period of time. The number of years without any convictions varies according to the crime that is up for annulment. The original sentence after a conviction must have been completed as ordered by the court. This can include substance abuse treatment programs or other court-ordered penalties. Documented proof of this completion must be presented. If a petition to annul a criminal record is denied, another one can’t be filed for three more years.
Tenn And Tenn, P.A., understands how an arrest record or sentence for a conviction can affect your life for years to come. We know how important a fresh start and clean record may be for your reputation, livelihood, and family. We can put forth a comprehensive petition outlining why you deserve that clean slate. Our firm can put forth witnesses who can further explain why you deserve or need the annulment, including counselors or others who can attest to your positive strides and future contributions to society. With our help, your past can be your past and you can move forward without judgment or constant worry over who will penalize your for that past. Let the criminal attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A., file a petition to annul and fight to prove your eligibility for an annulment of your criminal record.