An expungement is the “wiping away” of a record. Different types of criminal records can be expunged in certain circumstances: arrest records, records of diversions or suspended imposition of sentences (SIS), or criminal convictions. However, the law of expungements in Kansas and Missouri is complicated, and requires an experienced attorney to navigate waters that can quickly become turbulent.
Kansas has a specific statutory scheme whereby a person can apply to have various types of criminal conviction records, diversion records, and arrest records expunged. Expungement petitions can be submitted in municipal and state courts for all types of records related to criminal cases. In this regard, Kansas actually is quite a favorable jurisdiction in which this type of legal action can be undertaken. There are some complications, however.Continue reading
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