Do you have an old criminal record that is holding you back?
Do you have an old criminal record that is holding you back from getting a good job or working in the field that interests you, or is otherwise affecting your life in a negative way? New Hampshire has a law that allows you to apply to the courts to annul or expunge your criminal record of arrest and/or conviction in certain circumstances. The law can be complicated and, if you make a mistake on your application, such as applying too early, and the court denies your application, you are required to wait three years before you can apply again — a costly error.
Last year, the legislature passed an amendment to the annulment statute that made a significant change in the way the law works. The new amendment states that even if the court grants you an annulment, the record of your arrest or conviction stays on the public record for anyone to see. This change has been criticized as defeating the purpose of an annulment. Currently, there is a bill working its way through the legislature (House Bill 450), which would return the law to its previous position whereby records of arrests or convictions would be permanently removed from the public record, except for certain limited purposes. This bill passed the House of Representatives on March 13, 2013 and is now awaiting consideration by the Senate. Whether this bill passes or not, Bianco Professional Association can assist you in analyzing whether you are entitled to an annulment of your criminal record and in assisting you in filing the appropriate petition with the court. Don’t let an old record hold you back if you are eligible for an annulment.
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