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Have previous criminal record in NM with deferred sentence for soliciting a prostitute in 1998. Would like to have this record sealed or "expunged " . Was told I could apply to court to have this done but not sure about laws in NM for this process. Any thoughts?
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Was this state or federal court, please?

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Thank you. I am afraid an expungement is NOT possible for a conviction.

A party in your situation may wish to file for what is known as a PARDON. Essentially, New Mexico may pardon your conviction. See HERE on how to file.

Now, there is no right for a pardon - it is at the state's discretion. The good news is that while many are denied, because you were young and it has been a long time and this is a relatively minor matter, this is a better chance than most provided no criminal record has was had afterwards.

Contact:

Marcus Blais
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building, Suite 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501(###) ###-####

A pardon does not erase a conviction. However, it lessens the stigma associated with it and most employers treat it as though it was not there. Your civil rights would also be restored, if they were marginalized.

However, a pardon does not mean that the conviction can be erased.

See United States v. Reese, No. 33,950, N.M. Sup. Ct. (May 1, 2014) for more. I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.

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