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In 1995 I was charged with theft 5th degree-1978 (SMMS)

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In 1995 I was charged with theft 5th degree-1978 (SMMS) CHARGE 714.2 (5). I received a deferred judgement with 5 years probation. I live in Iowa how do I truly and get this off my permanent record. I can't get a decent job when employers decide to go back 20+ years
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Customer: No, can't afford one due to the fact is can't get a decent job! I have had great opportunities but when they do the background check that comes up. I am very up front with that as it has been 21 years ago and I am not even that person
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 8 months ago.


If you were given a deferred judgment and completed your sentence, you would be eligible to expunge your misdemeanor from your record in Iowa. This requires petitioning the court, and is best done by a lawyer, since there are no standard forms for it.

You can contact the Iowa Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service to find a lawyer who could do this for you, if you don't know where to start looking for one.

Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 8 months ago.

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