Category Archives: Expungement

Simple Assault?

As has been discussed in previous posts, “simple assault” is a misdemeanor resulting from a person: knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another, negligently causing bodily injury to another with a weapon, or even threatening a person in such a manor that they fear serious bodily harm.  The injuries in simple assault cases are generally not particularly serious, but can still leave you with a conviction on your record and facing penalties such as: up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $500.00, or both.

While the above listed actions can lead to you being charged with misdemeanor simple assault, if the facts change slightly, you can find yourself facing felony charges even when your actions have not changed.  In the event you engage in actions which would be considered simple assault, but the victim is an elected official, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, a social worker, or a teacher then your actions can be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

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Expunge a Felony?

While having a conviction or plea of guilty expunged from your record is one of the great second chances provided by our criminal justice system, it is not always an available option. In Mississippi not only are misdemeanors eligible to be expunged, but some felonies are as well. However, there is a very limited number of felonies which may be expunged, they include: shoplifting, larceny, possession of controlled substances, malicious mischief, bad check offenses, and false pretenses. Some DUI offenses can also be expunged.

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Like it Never Even Happened

In Mississippi if you are convicted of or plead guilty to a misdemeanor there is a good chance you will have the opportunity to have that conviction expunged from your record. Having a conviction expunged from your record is essentially a reset button, it gives you the opportunity to truthfully state, on a job application, that you do not have a criminal record. As you can imagine this will benefit you for the rest of your life and open doors which would otherwise remained closed due to having a conviction on your record.

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In its most simple terms an expungement is the process by which certain convictions, guilty pleas, arrests, and records can be effectively erased and/or be hidden from the public. Having your record expunged allows you to truthfully and legally to state that you have no criminal record on most applications.

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