We understand that mistakes happen in life. When those mistakes manifest themselves as criminal convictions on your record, it can be hard to progress in life. Having a criminal record can affect your employment opportunities, education opportunities, and more.
The good news is that there may be a way past those roadblocks.
While the state of Arizona does not offer expunged records or “expungement,” they do offer the ability to set aside a conviction. We’ve provided more info on this below.
Setting Aside A Conviction
As mentioned above, Arizona does not offer expungement, but they do offer the ability to set aside a conviction. What does this mean?
If you have a misdemeanor or a felony conviction on your record, you may be able to have them put aside, which means they will still show up on your record, however; it will also show a set-aside order.
Eligibility For A Set-aside Order?
In order for someone to be eligible, they must meet the terms of the sentence. Simply put, you must have completed any parole, jail time, probation, house arrest, etc., and have paid any fines to be eligible for a set aside order.
As you start to learn about having your conviction set aside, the benefits become even more apparent. For example, to be a licensed professional, i.e., a doctor, nurse, or pilot, a set-aside order is a must. You will also be available for more employment opportunities and career paths that don’t necessarily require you to be professionally licensed. In addition to these benefits, your family custody agreement may be able to be changed or improved.
If you have been accused or charged with a crime in Arizona, we encourage you to reach out to our team here at Oliverson & Huss Law PLLC. Call (480) 351-2228, and we may be able to help your case today!