Expungement Attorneys in
Las Cruces, New Mexico
After a criminal conviction, your future can seem uncertain, and in some cases, practically over. It is difficult to obtain a job or housing due to your reputation. We at Lilley & O’Connell, P.A. believe that every person who made a mistake in his or her life deserves a second chance. As of January 1, 2020, New Mexico allows for people who have been convicted of certain crimes the opportunity to have their arrest, charges, or convictions thrown out of their “Record of Arrests and Prosecutions,” also known as a rap sheet. If you have been convicted of a crime and are looking for a fresh start, contact our law firm in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to schedule a free consultation with our expungement attorneys to learn how we can assist you in seeking a better future.
What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged?
As nice as it would be to let every convicted person have their criminal history cleared, that is sadly not the case in New Mexico. There are certain crimes that the state does not allow to be expunged. The majority of these are violent crimes. You are not eligible to receive an expungement if you have been convicted of:
A sex crime such as rape, child pornography, or sexual assault
Any crime against children, or
A violent crime that caused great bodily harm or death, like assault, battery, manslaughter, and murder.
It is important to note, however, that if you were not convicted of one of the crimes listed above, but only arrested or had a case filed against you, you still may be eligible to receive an expungement. If that is the case with you, contact us today in Las Cruces to set up your free consultation, and let us fight for your good name.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged?
Aside from the crimes listed above, just about every other crime can be expunged from your criminal record. However, it is not so easy. Depending on the severity of the crime, the length of the sentence, and the identity of the victim, it may take a considerable amount of time before you are able to receive an expungement. The more serious the crime, the longer it takes for it to be cleared from your record.
Any non-convictions, both felony and misdemeanor, can be expunged one year after your final disposition. Any municipal ordinance or misdemeanor convictions can be cleared two years after your sentence has concluded. A fourth-degree felony can be thrown out four years after the sentence finishes. Each felony conviction requires an additional two years before it can be expunged, meaning, a first-degree felony cannot be expunged until 10 years after the sentence concludes. If you have a criminal conviction that you think should be thrown out of your record, reach out to us today in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Everyone deserves a fresh start. Get in touch with us today, and let’s start the process of clearing your name.
Pursue a Clean Slate
Everyone makes mistakes. We know that. But we also believe that everyone is entitled to a chance at a fresh start. If you have been convicted of a crime in New Mexico and are looking to have your record cleared, contact our expungement attorneys in Las Cruces today to set up a free consultation. We are devoted to helping you move forward after a criminal conviction. Let us fight for your reputation and help you begin the process of building a better life.