A Guide to Record Expungement in New Mexico

A criminal record can have a disastrous impact on your life for years after you’ve paid your debt to society. Many people with criminal histories find it difficult to secure gainful employment. Renting or purchasing a home can also be more challenging, as can securing a loan for the purchase of a vehicle or some other necessity.

That’s why many people seek out record expungement, which eliminates information regarding criminal wrongdoing from the public. Because not everyone is eligible for expungement, it’s important to know your rights. This guide explains how expungement works in New Mexico and how you can get started.

Circumstances Eligible for Expungement

You can seek expungement for both misdemeanor and felony dismissals, acquittals, and certain convictions. Certain exceptions prevent expungements for all criminal convictions. These exceptions include crimes that require registration with a sex offender registry, offenses involving violence when significant harm or death results, DWI, any crimes involving children, and embezzlement.

Timelines for Record Expungement

In addition to overall eligibility, there are certain timelines associated with certain crimes. For instance, you’re free to seek expungement for a felony or misdemeanor acquittal one year after the final disposition date. On the other hand, a 3rd degree felony conviction can only be expunged six years after the sentence has ended. In general, more serious crimes have a longer timeline when it comes to expungement.

Why You Should Work with an Attorney

You don’t need a lawyer to have a record expunged, but securing professional legal counsel is highly recommended. The process entails filling out and filing numerous forms, which must be completed accurately to ensure the best results. You’ll also need to review your criminal background to determine exactly what is included and whether it’s eligible for expungement. An attorney can help you with both tasks, while also ensuring that the process occurs in a timely manner.

In addition to my knowledge of criminal defense, my firm Angela Arellanes Law also helps clients throughout New Mexico navigate record expungement. I will walk you through the process step by step and answer any questions you have.

With my assistance, you can access numerous opportunities in life, from fulfilling employment to safe housing for you and your family. Feel free to contact me to learn more or call (505) 247-2417 to discuss your case today.

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