Criminal Defense Questions: How to Prepare for Expungement Hearing?

Criminal Defense Questions: How to Prepare for Expungement Hearing?

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Question: My expungement hearing is in two weeks. Everything is filed and I’m ready. Is there anything specific I should print or bring to the court room? Also, is it possible for you to give me a shortened play by play of what I could expect in the hearing itself?

Amir’s Answer: First of all, in all of my cases, I have only had one case called before the court for a hearing, so I wonder why this is set for hearing. Perhaps the judge is just being thorough, but in the event that your charges are such that the court may have some concerns over clearing it off of your record, or should the facts of your case be unusual, you should be prepared to address those concerns. Secondly, you should be prepared to address why you have asked the court to expunge your record; has it interfered with your ability to secure employment or advancement in your career, are you applying for school loans or going through background checks for some other purpose, etc. I can tell you that I am always surprised when people insist on going through the legal process alone. Lawyers have a skillset and training that makes us a true asset any time you’re navigating court proceedings and criminal defence lawyers that practice in the county where the case is pending should know your judge and may be able to anticipate what issues he or she may be most interested in addressing in your case. Finally, I always have an order prepared for the Court’s signature. That said, I don’t know that the court will necessarily expect you to have an Order so you may wish to call the Judicial Assistant and ask what the Judge’s preference is in this regard.

As an aside, I would advise you to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your hearing and dress appropriately for court. Again, I don’t know about Lee County, but nothing short of a shirt and tie or an appropriate dress should be worn to court. When addressing the court, speak up and speak clearly, addressing the court as “your honor.” Simple courtesy and decorum can go a long way.

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