Expungements

**YOU CAN NOW EXPUNGE YOUR ALABAMA CRIMINAL RECORD**ERASE YOUR PAST!!!!

For the FIRST time in Alabama history, people who have been charged with certain criminal charges and were not convicted can have their criminal record ERASED! Skier & Associates is an Alabama law firm dedicated to handling Expungements and Expungements only! We will handle each and every specific step in the tedious Expungement process for you. It is our goal to help people throughout the State of Alabama to “Expunge” or “Erase” a mistake made so they can move on with their lives!

WHY IS EXPUNGEMENT IMPORTANT?

Having an “arrest record” often affects opportunities for employment, education, housing, loans, licenses, certifications and more. Your past arrest record is more accessible to the public than ever before in this age of social media. In fact, databases are being created each day putting together information regarding criminal arrests, criminal charges and criminal convictions. If you are interested in clearing your “record” in Alabama, you have come to the right place!

We handle Expungements statewide for the same low, all-inclusive fee.


Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Do I really need a lawyer to file for an expungement?
  2. When does the Expungement law go into effect in Alabama?
  3. Is there any cost associated with getting my record Expunged?
  4. What is the process for Expunging my record?
  5. Who is eligible for Expungement?
  6. What is the fee Skier & Associates will charge to have my record expunged?
  7. What if I was charged with a felony?
  8. What is actually expunged when the Court grants the Expungement Petition?
  9. How long does it take to get an Expungement?
  10. Is there a guarantee an Expungement will be granted?
  11. If I can’t obtain an Expungement, is there anything you can do for me?
  12. Why should I hire Skier & Associates?

1. Do I really need a lawyer to file for an expungement?

The short answer to this question is yes, it is important to have a lawyer represent you during this process.

When the legislature passed the law allowing people to have their criminal records expunged, they did not make the process an easy one. There are several technical pitfalls that could cause problems for the inexperienced. Not filing properly could cause a petition for expungement to be denied by the Court, putting you back at square one, and you cannot recover your filing fee if you make a mistake in your filing. Furthermore, if there is an objection to a petition, a court hearing will be required. When this happens, having a lawyer by your side could make the difference between winning and losing.

It is important to have someone working for you who is a professional and who is intimately familiar with the law, and who will make sure that the process is handled properly and in accordance with the technical requirements.

In addition, at Skier & Associates, we handle the often confusing and difficult process of obtaining all of the supporting documentation that must be filed with your petition, all for one all-inclusive fee.

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When does the Expungement law go into effect in Alabama?

The effective date when Expungements can be filed in Alabama is July 7, 2014. Skier & Associates is ready to start preparing your paperwork today.

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Is there any cost associated with getting my record Expunged?

Yes, by law there is a $300.00 administrative fee plus any cost of court or docket fee (usually between $230 and $325 depending on the County) for filing the Petition for Expungement in the Circuit Court. In addition, there will be a charge for obtaining copies of your record, both from the Court that handled your case as well as from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. ALL of these costs are INCLUDED in our all-inclusive fee… they are not additional costs to you.

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What is the process for Expunging my record?

A Petition for Expungement is prepared and filed with the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction where the charge was originally filed.

The Petition MUST include the following:

  • Sworn Statement by you seeking Expungement stating that all requirements have been met
  • A certified record of arrest, disposition, or case action, action summary from the appropriate agency for the Court record seeking to be expunged
  • A certified official criminal record obtained from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center
  • A specific description of the criminal charges from the record to be considered along with the agency or department where the arrest was made or where you were incarcerated or detained

HOWEVER, when you hire Skier & Associates we take care of ALL of the requirements listed above for you. All you need to do is provide us with some simple information and we will do the rest. We even provide the forms!

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Who is eligible for Expungement?

Misdemeanor Charges

You are eligible if you were charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, a violation, a traffic violation, or a municipal ordinance violation. And, you would need to meet one of the following circumstances:

  • Charge was dismissed with prejudice
  • Charge has been no billed by a grand jury
  • You were found not guilty of the charge
  • Charge was dismissed without prejudice more than two years ago, has not been refilled, and you have not been convicted of any other felony, misdemeanor crime, any violation, or any traffic violation, excluding minor traffic violations during the previous two years.

Non Violent Felony Charges

You are eligible if you were charged with a non-violent felony charge as long as you meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Charge is dismissed with prejudice
  • Charge is no billed by a grand jury
  • You were found not guilty of the charge
  • Charge was dismissed after successful completion of a drug court program, mental health program, veteran’s court, or any other court approved deferred prosecution program after one year from successful completion of program
  • Charge was dismissed without prejudice more than five years ago, has not been refiled, and you have not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor crime, any violation, or any traffic violation, excluding minor traffic violations, during the previous five years.

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What is the fee Skier & Associates will charge to have my record expunged?

Unlike some other law firms, we disclose upfront how much we charge. Unlike some other places, there are no hidden fees or surprises. You can always find someone who is willing to say that they will do it cheaper, but if you are looking for a reputable firm who will follow through with their promises, then you are in the right place.

Our “flat fee” includes ALL costs. We will conduct the research, file the necessary paperwork, respond to any written opposition from the district attorney, and send one of our qualified attorneys to represent your case in court.

We will NEVER come back to you asking for more money.

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What if I was charged with a felony?

It depends.No “violent felony” charge can be expunged at this time. ONLY non-violent offense charges such as drug possession, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card are eligible for expungement as long as ONE of the following requirements is met:

  • Charge is dismissed with prejudice
  • Charge is no billed by a grand jury
  • You were found not guilty of the charge
  • Charge was dismissed after successful completion of a drug court program, mental health program, veteran’s court , or any other court approved deferred prosecution program after one year from successful completion of program
  • Charge was dismissed without prejudice more than five years ago, has not been refiled, and you have not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor crime, any violation, or any traffic violation, excluding minor traffic violations, during the previous five years.

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What is actually expunged when the Court grants the Expungement Petition?

All records in the custody of the Court and any records in the custody of any other agency or official. The State of Alabama will destroy/ remove ANY records in their possession.

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How long does it take to get an Expungement?

It will take Skier & Associates approximately 30-45 days to gather all information, obtain certified records, prepare the petition and file all documents with the Circuit Court where the charge occurred. If there is no objection to the Petition for Expungement from the prosecuting authority or the victim within 45 days of the filing, then the Expungement will be granted. It is estimated it will require approximately 70-90 days from start to finish.

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Is there a guarantee an Expungement will be granted?

No, there is no guarantee. However, at Skier & Associates we take every step necessary to put you in the best possible position for your Expungement to be granted.

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If I can’t obtain an Expungement, is there anything you can do for me?

Yes there is. There is the possibility you would be eligible for a Pardon. Attorney Andrew Skier will be glad to determine if you are eligible for a Pardon. You can contact Attorney Andrew Skier at www.skierlaw.com

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Why should I hire Skier & Associates?

Our lawyers have over 70 years of combined legal experience. We know how the legal system works. We know the new law in depth and we are prepared to handle all Expungements. Expungements are the ONLY thing we do! We will handle the process from beginning to end. Expungements are new in Alabama and they are technical and tedious. A general practice attorney who does a variety of different legal matters may not have the knowledge and efficient system in place to handle expungements.
WE ARE THE EXPERTS! EXPUNGEMENTS ARE THE ONLY THING WE DO!

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