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Expungements

Salisbury Expungement Lawyer 

Helping Clients in Wicomico County Clear Their Record 

Not every type of charge or conviction can be expunged. Likewise, you must fulfill certain waiting periods before seeking an expungement for certain types of dispositions. For example, probation before judgment or a stet can only be expunged after three years since the disposition. We can advise you as to what requirements there are and your chances of success if you decide to seek an expungement.


Call MacDonald Law Office, LLC today at (410) 348-7809 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our expungement attorney in Salisbury!  


What is Expungement?

Expungement is a legal process that allows individuals convicted of certain crimes to have their criminal records cleared or sealed. This means that, in the eyes of the law, the conviction never happened, and the individual can legally state that they have not been convicted of a crime.

A criminal record harms your reputation and can make getting a job and housing challenging. Through the use of the Internet and private companies, it is easy to find out the criminal record of another person. Employers use this information when making decisions about job offers; insurance companies analyze this information when determining rates, and this information can even affect the granting of a housing application.

What Crimes are Eligible for Expungement in Maryland?  

In Maryland, certain criminal offenses are eligible for expungement. The specific crimes are eligible depending on the conviction's circumstances and the type of offense committed. Here are some of the offenses that may be eligible for expungement in Maryland: 

  • Misdemeanor offenses: Most misdemeanor offenses, including drug possession, theft, and minor traffic offenses, are eligible for expungement if certain conditions are met.
  • Certain felonies: Some non-violent felonies, such as drug possession, theft, and forgery, may be eligible for expungement if the individual has not been convicted of another crime within a certain period.
  • Juvenile offenses: Most juvenile offenses are eligible for expungement once the individual reaches a certain age, and certain offenses may be eligible for immediate expungement.
  • Nolle Prosequi and Stet Docket cases: Cases in which the charges have been dismissed or placed on hold may be eligible for expungement.
  • Not Guilty verdicts: Individuals who were acquitted of a crime or had their charges dropped may be eligible for expungement.

It is important to note that certain offenses are not eligible for expungement, such as violent crimes, sex offenses, and certain traffic offenses. Additionally, there may be certain waiting periods that must be met before an individual can apply for expungement.

Navigating the expungement process can be complex. It is recommended that individuals seeking expungement seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria and that the expungement process is carried out correctly. 

Expungement Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible for an expungement of the following:

  • Arrests where you were never formally charged
  • Probation before judgment — except DUI or DWI
  • Stet docket (three years passed)
  • Trial that results in a not guilty verdict or hung jury
  • Charges that were not pressed, were dismissed, or were not prosecuted
  • Convictions for a limited number of minor crimes

If you were previously convicted of possession of marijuana (under 10 grams), you are probably eligible to have this conviction expunged under a law in Maryland that went into effect on October 1, 2015. Possession of under 10 grams of marijuana is no longer a crime in Maryland. If you were convicted of possessing marijuana (under 10 grams) before it was decriminalized, you can now get an expungement.

Although an expungement usually does not result in your record being completely destroyed or erased, it can mean the record is sealed and moved out of publicly searchable databases. This may help you avoid using these records by parties such as potential employers.

Contact Our Salisbury Expungement Attorney Today 

Only certain types of criminal records can be expunged under Maryland law. It is essential to have a knowledgeable Salisbury criminal defense lawyer review your record and advise you about whether or not your record can be expunged before you spend the money on an expungement petition. Our lawyers are former prosecutors who can adequately evaluate the disposition of your case and what parts of your record may be able to be expunged.

With offices in Salisbury and Ocean City, the MacDonald Law Office, LLC, may be able to help you petition the court for an expungement of your criminal record. We are here to help you protect your future and ensure you are not penalized for your past.


Contact MacDonald Law Office, LLC today to schedule a FREE case evaluation with our expungement lawyer in Salisbury! 


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