Mississippi has just made a change in the state’s expungement laws that can benefit first time offenders convicted of certain felonies. As of July 1 2010, persons convicted of one of the following crimes are now eligible to file a motion to expunge: passing a bad check, possession of controlled substances including marijuana or drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, malicious mischief, larceny and false pretense.
Offenders must complete all conditions of their sentence, including paying fines and restitution and serving a prison sentence if any, and then wait five years. After the five years, you can have your criminal defense lawyer file a motion to seal your public criminal record. Under the new law, you can only expunge these charges once.
With a sealed record, your felony arrest and conviction will not be available to the public, and, in most cases, you will not have to report this information on apartment, college and job applications. However, as with all expunctions, the criminal record will still exist and be available to law enforcement agencies.
If you have been convicted of any of the eligible felony charges and would like to explore the possibility of expunging your criminal record, contact our law office at (601) 944 -1980.