28 Jan Expungement of Criminal Records
Until recently, if you had a criminal record in Missouri, chances were you would have to keep that criminal record forever. Except in extraordinary circumstances (where there is no probable cause to believe a crime was committed, along with other requirements), the only crimes which were eligible to be expunged, or removed from a person’s record, were first-time Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges (may be removed at age 22) and first-time Driving While Intoxicated charges (may be removed after 10 years).
However, a couple of years ago, the legislature passed Section 610.140.5 RSMo, which allowed certain other charges to be removed from a person’s record in certain instances. The charges now eligible for expungement are:
- Passing a bad check under Section 570.120 – Felony or Misdemeanor
- Fraudulently stopping payment of an instrument under Section 570.125
- Fraudulent use of a credit device or debit device under Section 570.130
- Misdemeanor negligent burning or exploding under Section 569.065
- Misdemeanor negligently setting a fire under Section 569.067
- Misdemeanor second degree tampering under Section 569.090
- Misdemeanor second degree property damage under Section 569.120
- Misdemeanor trespass in the first degree under Sections 569.140 & 569.145
- Misdemeanor gambling under Section 572.020
- Misdemeanor drunkenness or intoxication under Section 574.075
- Any class B or C misdemeanor offense of peace disturbance under Section 574.010
Do not let an old mistake affect your future. If you or someone you know has one of these offenses on their record and it occurred over 10 years ago, please call our criminal law attorneys to find out if the record of the crime can be expunged.
Contact us online today or call 573-636-2177.