Its time for some shocking news, so brace yourself.
People lie. People make accusations that aren’t true, or they make accusations that cannot be backed up by real evidence. If you’ve ever been the victim of such dishonesty, your case was probably dismissed–but the scars remain.
At this point, its worth mentioning that dishonesty or false eyewitness accusations are not the only path to a bogus criminal arrest. The fact is, people make mistakes on the job. If you’re a cop, a mistake on the job leads to a whole lot of trouble for an arrestee.
For those of you who have been falsely accused, is there ever an apology? No. Are you given two tickets to Sea World for the inconvenience? No.
The good news is, while the government rarely admits to the mistakes they make, we can remove some of the scorn that lingers after a wrongful arrest. It’s called a seal, or an expunge. In other words, a bogus charge doesn’t have to be a life sentence of humiliation.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of folks out there who cannot seal or expunge their record, even though the case was dropped. Why? Because they don’t qualify. A prior conviction, even for something as small as a reckless driving charge, will prevent a sealing or expunge of any future criminal accusation.
Here’s an example of how a prior case can mess things up later: In January of 2017, client gets arrested for armed home invasion. Very serious charge. Very bogus arrest. Charges dropped. Client cannot get an apartment. Cannot get a job. Cannot do a darn thing, all because of a dropped charge. We attempt to expunge the home invasion case, but are denied because of a criminal driving while license suspended ticket for which he paid a $50.00 fine back in 1999. Yikes! Continue Reading