Understanding Criminal Record Expungement In Missouri
Expungement allows for removing a criminal conviction from one’s record, offering a fresh start. Missouri laws regarding expungement have significantly broadened since January 1, 2018, making numerous non-violent and non-sexual offenses eligible for expungement, including certain marijuana-related crimes.
Eligibility For Expungement
Misdemeanors and non-Class A felonies are eligible, with certain exceptions. Alcohol-related driving offenses and other criminal convictions have distinct eligibility criteria.
In order for an alcohol-related driving offense to qualify for expungement the following criteria must be met:
- At least ten years must have passed since the conviction.
- The offense was a misdemeanor or ordinance violation and the first intoxication-related offense.
- No subsequent alcohol-related offenses.
- No pending alcohol-related actions at the hearing.
- Not convicted for driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Certain offenses like Class A felonies, dangerous felonies or those requiring sex offender registration aren’t eligible. Eligibility criteria include:
- Seven years (for felonies) or three years (for misdemeanors) have passed since completing probation, parole or sentence.
- No convictions during the specified period.
- Fulfillment of all disposition obligations.
- Absence of pending charges.
- Demonstrating non-threat to public safety.
- Petition filing in the county circuit court of conviction.
While expungement can help clear your record, expunged offenses may need disclosure under specific circumstances during employment or professional licensing applications. Certain professions or employment areas require disclosure, while others may permit answering “No” to questions about past convictions.