Expunging your Missouri conviction, through Missouri Revised Statute § 610.140, from your record is important if you want to be able to pass background checks for jobs, promotions, housing, international travel, or even volunteering at your child's school. Friends, neighbors, and even coworkers are able to find your criminal background online just by paying a few dollars.
Fortunately, many people in Missouri are eligible to have their criminal records expunged. An expungement of your record is a great investment in your future as it will allow you more freedom in applying to higher paying jobs and schools or anywhere else that may need a background check.
The best way to determine your eligibility for expungement is to take our free online eligibility test. This will allow you to quickly and easily determine what services you are eligible for in Missouri.
Missouri Revised Statute § 610.140 allows for expungement of most felonies and misdemeanors. In order to qualify for expungement, there are certain criteria that must be met (Mo. Rev. Stat. §610.140(5)). The most important criteria to meet is the waiting period. For felony convictions, there is a 7-year waiting period. For misdemeanors this drops to a 3-year waiting period while for first-time alcohol-related misdemeanors (DUIs) the waiting period increases to 10 years. During the waiting period, you cannot be found guilty of any other offense and you also cannot have any pending charges or fines/restitutions.
Only one felony and two misdemeanors may be expunged in Missouri in a person’s lifetime, regardless of which court the expungement is sought in.
Not all offenses are eligible for expungement. The following offenses are not eligible per Mo. Rev. Stat. §610.140(2):
Approved expungements will result in closed records. When a record is closed, access to the records is not available to the public, but will still be available to criminal justice agencies, and some other public agencies for licences and employment screenings. Closed records can be opened by the court if there is good cause, but, from our experience, this hardly ever happens.
Expunged records will not affect employment except for positions in banks, insurers, or other positions that are required by law to exclude applicants with certain convictions.
Closed records will still be available to a number of public entities that use background checks to screen applicants for licenses, private security, and care of children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly, as well as other employment in sensitive areas.
Closed records will still be available to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of issuing firearm purchase and possession permits. Mo. Rev. Stat. §610.120. However, the expungement order will not limit the petitioner’s rights that were restricted due to their criminal record. Those rights will be restored when the order of expungement is issued. Mo. Rev. Stat. §610.140(8).
Once you sign up on Recordgone.com, one of our expert lawyers is assigned to your case. We also conduct the research, prepare any evidence that is needed, file the motion and additional paperwork with the court, and respond to any opposition. We will also attend any court hearings to argue your case before the judge.
In order to obtain an expungement in Missouri, an application must state the petitioner’s habits and conduct that demonstrate that the petitioner is not a threat to the public or the state. The application must also show that “expungement is consistent with the public welfare and the interests of justice warrant the expungement.” This pleading will create a presumption that an expungement is warranted, which shifts the burden to the prosecutor, which is when a victim (if any) may testify if he or she desires and if he or she is available. If the prosecution does not rebut the presumption, then the court will order an expungement.
The process to expunge a conviction can be difficult and complicated. Even the smallest mistake on your petition could mean you need to restart the entire process, which could delay you months or years. Hiring an attorney is in your best interest to ensure the process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. Our expert attorneys can represent you and make sure your petition is filed correctly and that everything is done without mistakes.
We recommend you first take our ffree online eligibility test to determine what options are available to you.
We begin working to expunge your Missouri conviction when you make your first payment. The time it takes to have your record expunged will depend on the court but we work hard to make sure the process goes as quickly as possible.
Once you make your first payment, we begin conducting the necessary case research as it pertains to your individual case. Based upon that research, we will then compose and file your petition. Additionally, we will file any other necessary documents or motions that are needed for your case. If the District Attorney or prosecutor opposes the motion, we will respond to it. We will also attend any court hearings to argue your case before the judge. While a Missouri judge does have the option to request your appearance in court, such a request is rare. We will send one of our attorneys to court on your behalf so you will not need to worry about missing work or other inconveniences associated with the stress of appearing in court.
After your record is expunged, we also offer an exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update Service. Your record can remain in in the databases of background check companies for months or years if you do not notify them that your case has been expunged. Our service will help in clearing your record from over 600 background check companies, notifying those companies so that their records will be updated within 14 days, saving you months and years of potential lost opportunities.
You can either get started online or by phone. We offer interest-free payment plans and are able to work with you to find a payment plan that works for you. While we try and offer the lowest prices available, if you find a lower price, we will be happy to match it.
The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
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* Court filing fees and any document processing fees are not included in the price and will be due at the time of court filing and not according to the payment plan. Typically, filing fees range from $250 to $350.
In some instances, a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol or FBI may be needed, which may require you to be fingerprinted and to pay an additional fee for that service(s).
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