It is likely unusual to meet someone who claims that there is not some mistake that he or she made in the past. For some this could be relatively minor, such as the decision to go to college, but for others, a mistake could have significant, long-term ramifications, especially if it results in criminal charges and a conviction. Fortunately, some people in Missouri who have been convicted of a crime may have the option of seeking an expungement.
Sometimes, people make mistakes, and those mistakes can lead to a conviction of felony or misdemeanor charges. Because a criminal record can have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life, prohibiting him or her from finding employment or even a place to live in some locations, some people in Missouri choose to seek an expungement if they meet certain conditions. An expungement, according to an appellate court, is a second chance for those who can prove that they are not a threat to public safety through their "habits and conduct."