Salt Lake City Expungement
Posted on January 15th, 2014
If you have a criminal record in Salt Lake City or County, you probably have realized that it can hurt your chances at getting a good job or housing. There is good news. Utah has one of the best expungement laws in the country.
Most criminal records in Salt Lake are eligible or will be eligible for expungement. Once your record is expunged, employers and landlord will not have access it to it. Yes, that is right. The criminal record will be removed from government records that are made public and from background check company reports.
There are waiting periods that need to be met before a person becomes eligible for expungement and not all offenses are eligible to be expunged.
- 2nd and 3rd degree felonies - 7 Years
- Class A misdemeanor - 5 years
- Class B misdemeanor - 4 years
- Class C misdemeanor - 3 years
- Alcohol related traffic offenses (Title 41) 10 Years
- Arrests that did not lead to a conviction, 90 days from the arrest if charges are not filed or after the case is dismissed.
In addition to meeting the waiting period for the case, there are limits on the numbers of cases a person can have on their record:
- 5 or more convictions, of any degree (felony or misdemeanor)
- 3 misdemeanor Bs if you have 4 or more convictions
- 2 misdemeanor As is you have 3 or more convictions
- 2 or more felony convictions
Getting an expungement requires getting a certificate of eligibility from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). There is a charge for this. Once you receive a certificate of eligibility, then you need to file an expungement petition at the Salt Lake County court where your case was or would have been.
If your case was in the justice courts, you can find information about expungement here: http://www.slco.org/justicecourt/html/expungement/expungementHome.html
If your case was in the district courts, you can find information about expungement here: http://www.utcourts.gov/courts/dist/distsites/3rd/slc.html
It is possible to apply for expungement without an attorney, but an attorney can often get it done faster and with better results. Because expungement in Salt Lake is a common process, many attorneys have lots of experience handling expungement cases and can handle the process efficiently and for a very low price. Most attorneys charge around $600, plus the court and BCI costs.
Most expungement attorneys will also give a money back guarantee on expungement. If you are unsure about what lawyers to trust, look for one that has an "A" rating from the Better Business Bureau or one that has a lot of positive customer testimonials that reference expungement.