The Criminal Record You Didn’t Know You Had | Missouri

The following is a video transcript.

Recent Law Changes

This past year, the issue of record expungement has been a hot topic in Missouri. Why? Because the law has changed.

Previously in Missouri, there were very few criminal charges that could be expunged. That changed in 2018, and now a wide variety of criminal charges may be expunged from your record. If you have a previous felony conviction and it has been seven years since the end of your probation, you may be eligible to expunge that felony. If you have a previous misdemeanor and it has been three years since the end of your probation (or the conclusion of your case, if you did not have probation), you may be eligible to expunge that charge.

Charges that Cannot Be Expunged

There are two large categories of charges which are not able to be expunged in Missouri: any stealing-related offenses and any sex crimes.

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DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charges are still separate from the new expungement law. So for instance, if you had a DWI 10 years ago, can you expunge it now? Well, that depends: if it was a first offense DWI and you have not had any alcohol-related arrests since that time, then yes, that is still eligible for expungement and that law hasn’t changed. However, if you’ve had a DWI and you’ve since had a subsequent DWI, neither DWI will be eligible for expungement.

Your 2A Rights

What can expungement do for you as a firearm owner? If you were previously convicted of a felony that is now eligible for expungement, you can expunge the previous felony and once again be eligible to own a firearm. If you entered a guilty plea to a prior felony and received a Suspended Imposition of Sentence (sometimes known as an SIS), what does that do to your firearm rights? Well, if you pled guilty to a charge and received a Suspended Imposition of Sentence, it does prohibit you in Missouri from having a concealed carry permit. However, if that charge is expunged you can once again be eligible to have a concealed carry permit. If you pled guilty to a felony charge and received that Suspended Imposition of Sentence, can you still own a firearm? The answer to that is yes, you just can’t have a concealed carry permit. In Missouri, we also have a permitless carry law, so you would eligible to carry permitless but you wouldn’t have the advantages of having a concealed carry permit unless you’re able to expunge that prior offense.

The Expungement Process

If you need to expunge a felony or misdemeanor charge from your record, how do you do it? Go to an attorney who is familiar with expungement law and ask that attorney to file a petition on your behalf to expunge your criminal record. The process typically takes about three months from the time that the petition is filed with the court. It will involve a fingerprint background check and it would be helpful to your attorney if you have records from your prior charge that you can bring with you, because those will be necessary for the expungement process to ensure that your expungement is carried out properly.

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5 comments on “The Criminal Record You Didn’t Know You Had | Missouri

  1. Today I appeared in small claims court to try and fight a rejection of my CCW. I already paid an attorney to expunge a class C felony from my record that was 25 years ago. I applied for the CCW 90 days later and was rejected. Today the attorney for the police chief argued that “based on the law: If one ever makes a plea of guilty to any felony, they can never be approved for a CCW.” So even though my only felony was expunged. Missouri law can deny me a CCW because I once made a plea of guilty to a class C felony that has been expunged………Now I have to wait 2 days for the Judge to make a ruling….

  2. I had my record expunged in missouri, 4 months ago, they still have me marked as a prohibited person, I lost my fbi appeal today, they told me to contact the missouri attorney general. The law is clear that I got my rights restored but I still cant buy a gun.

  3. Update: I won my appeal today. I am in disbelief as I assumed they were rubber stamping every denial.

  4. Wayne how did you get the state of missouri to remove your prohibited status? They processed my expungement but didnt remove the prohibited. Congrats by the way, I look forward to the day I can get my life back but its definitely a uphill battle.

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