A criminal record can be something that lurks around like a big dark cloud. But the good news is, that storm can pass with Montana’s Laws allowing for expungement of a criminal record. You know the story - you went to that party in college and it got busted. You were given an MIP ticket, paid your fine, and went about your life. Nothing to worry about right? But then, you grew up, got a real job, and they pulled your record. That MIP from when you were 18 years old suddenly becomes a big deal. Let’s think about this another way: You got in a bar fight that one time 15 years ago. You paid your fines, served your night in jail, and moved on. But then you applied for a Concealed Weapons Permit, and the application asked about your criminal history. Even the most minor criminal conviction can affect you for the rest of your life.
So what do you need to do to protect your criminal record? In 2017, Montana created a route to get your criminal record expunged. Montana Code Annotated 46-18-11 outlines the procedure for expungement of a criminal record in Montana. The process is fairly straight forward, but you may find you need legal representation to assist you with the process.
Depending on the type of crime you are attempting to expunge, the general process requires these steps:
Your Criminal Record is important, and should be treated that way. If you find yourself with a black cloud lurking over your shoulder, and you’d like to get it taken care of, consider petitioning for expungement of your criminal record. This is one of the best investments you can make in your future.