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Can Felonies Be Expunged in Kansas?

Can Felonies Be Expunged in Kansas?

Can Felonies Be Expunged in Kansas?

Having a felony on your record can be a major obstacle and source of stress. It may be five, ten, or even twenty years after your offense, and you’re still feeling held back by your past.

Let’s discuss what options may be available to you.

What is Record Expungement?

An expungement will essentially erase your past arrest or conviction from your criminal record. It will no longer show up on a background check; it is like it never happened.

If you have your record expunged, you are under no obligation to share with people that you were ever arrested. Based on what the record shows, you never were.

However, expunged records may still show in certain circumstances. Law enforcement can still access these records, or other agencies that require high security clearance. However, in general, your record will not be able to be seen.

What Felonies Are Eligible for Expungement in Kansas?

Different types of felony offenses have different requirements.

Class D or E felonies require a three-year waiting period before you can petition for an expungement. This means that you can begin the process three years after you have completed all aspects of your sentence.
This could be:

  • Paying all fines
  • Completing diversion programs
  • Completing probation

For class A, B, or C felonies, the waiting period is five years.

Certain severe, violent felonies will never be eligible for record expungement.
These include:

  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Child abuse
  • Most sex crimes

Benefits of Expungement

Record expungement will open up opportunities for you.

After having your record expunged, you may find it easier to obtain employment. Oftentimes, employers are hesitant to hire people with criminal records, because it may signify that the potential candidate is irresponsible or untrustworthy. Because your past offense will no longer show up on background checks, employers will be more willing to hire you.

Finding housing will also be easier, because landlords will not be able to access your past offense.

The peace of mind that comes with a record expungement is incredibly valuable. At Stein Law, LLC, we can help you through the process of petitioning for an expungement. If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible, or want to learn more, give us a call today at (913) 583-0465 to speak with our Kansas City attorneys.
 

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