Expungement Attorneys in Arizona
Expungment in Arizona
In Arizona, expungement means setting aside your conviction. When your conviction is set aside it is not wiped or destroyed from your criminal record. Instead it essentially just cancels your conviction. However, even though your conviction has been set aside, you may still be denied certain employment opportunities, licenses, permits, and certificates. Also, your criminal record may be used against you in future criminal cases should they arise.
It is important to note that if/when your criminal record is set aside, you are still required to disclose on employment applications, or during job interviews, if the employer asks if you have prior convictions. You can say that the conviction “has been vacated (or set aside) and the charges dismissed” though.
You may be eligible to petition for a set aside if you were convicted of a misdemeanor in a Justice or City Court and have completed all court orders. You may also be eligible if you were convicted of a felony in an Arizona Superior Court and have been absolutely discharged from probation or prison. You are NOT eligible if you have been convicted of:
- A criminal offense involving infliction of serious physical injury
- A criminal offense involving the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
- A criminal offense where you are required to register as a sex offender
- A criminal offense where there was a finding of sexual motivation
- A criminal offense where the victim was under 15 years of age
- A criminal offense in volition of A.R.S. § 28-3473, any local ordinance relating to stopping, standing or operation of a vehicle or title 28, chapter 3, except a violation of §28-693 or any local ordinance relating to the same subject matter as A.R.S. § 28-693.