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Thank you for using Just Answer.I am sorry to hear about what happened to you. Unfortunately, too much time for you to be able to appeal this case. And unfortunately, under Missouri law, you cannot legally seal/expunge the record, as Missouri law only allows persons to do so when charges have been dropped or a person was found not guilty.You could seek to file an application for executive clemency, however. While those are rarely granted, and an application that is granted will not expunge your record, you would be allowed to tell people (like employers) that you were granted clemency from the Governor.
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I understand that you may not be happy with the information provided, but I can only tell you what the law says. I cannot change it. Expungement laws vary by state, and Missouri is quite tough. I've cited the relevant statutes below for your reference.
Your arrest record is eligible for expungement -- meaning that it will be destroyed or erased -- if the arrest was based on false information and all of the following statements are true:
(Missouri Revised Statutes § 610.122.)
Your arrest record may qualify for closure -- meaning that it will be hidden from public view -- if you were arrested and charged and one of the following conditions applies:
(Missouri Revised Statutes § 610.105.)That is why I said you can seek executive clemency. It's admittedly a long shot --most Governors grant very few requests for clemency/pardons --but you have nothing to lose by applying for it, and there is no fee involved.
Sorry for my delayed replied. I ran out to get something to eat.Unfortunately that does not change anything, because the law still still allow an expungement or closure of your record as you were found guilty. You definitely got some very bad advice from your lawyer, because they should have told you that even a misdemeanor --no matter how minor -- can have an impact on you.One thing you might do (although I don't know if too much time has passed to do so now) is to file a bar complaint against the lawyer who represented you. It won't change anything with your record, regrettably, but they should have been more responsible in handling your case with the advice they gave you.
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