Sealing a Criminal Record: Kim's Success Story
As a criminal defense attorney, I've seen firsthand the long-lasting consequences that a criminal conviction can have on someone's life. That's why I'm always looking for ways to help my clients move forward and put their past mistakes behind them. In this case study, I want to share the story of one of my clients, Kim W., who I recently helped get her criminal record sealed.
Kim came to me back in 2010, facing serious charges of embezzlement. She had misappropriated over $80,000 from her employer to help her daughter out of financial trouble. Although she regretted her actions immediately, she was still charged with a Class 2 Felony Theft and a Class 5 Felony of forgery. With my help, Kim avoided prison time, but the collateral consequences of having a criminal conviction were just starting.
After completing probation, Kim was immediately eligible to get her case "Set Aside," which was the best option available in Arizona at that time. Unfortunately, her petition was denied in 2013. Kim had to deal with the stigma of having a conviction for many years, which weighed her down both personally and professionally.
Kim contacted my firm again in late 2022, asking if she could try again to get her record Set Aside. Since her first application got denied, several new laws had gone into effect that could help her case. We came up with a plan to get her record sealed, which started with getting her case Set Aside. We filed the petition in the fall of 2022, and it was granted by the judge. A Certificate of Second Chance was also issued, making Kim eligible for employment and housing opportunities that she was previously ineligible for.
In January of 2023, a new law went into effect that allowed the court to seal criminal records. We filed a second petition to seal Kim's record, and it was granted in March of 2023. Her felony record was cleared, and nothing showed up online for this offense. Kim was overjoyed to have this weight lifted off her shoulders, and she feels confident in looking for new work, knowing that this past mistake will not come up again.
Sealing a criminal record can be a life-changing event for someone who has been burdened by the consequences of a past mistake. Kim's success story is just one example of how the law can work in someone's favor if they have the right legal representation. If you or someone you know is facing the negative consequences of a criminal conviction, don't hesitate to reach out to my firm for help.
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense
Court: Mohave County Superior Court