As the name suggests, a Limited Access Petition is an application to the court to limit who has access to your criminal records. If granted, your records will not be available to the public and only a few entities will still be able to view your criminal history including law enforcement and state agencies. This can be very useful for removing barriers to things such as employment, education, and housing.
A Limited Access Petition will not be successful for all convictions, however, and there are a number of restrictions and limitations that apply. It’s helpful to answer a few questions when trying to figure out if you may be eligible to take advantage of this legal tool:
- What is the classification of the crime you were convicted of?
The Limited Access Petition is only available for second and third degree misdemeanors, as well as ungraded offenses that are punishable by no more than two years in prison.
- How long has it been since you completed your sentence for the last crime you were convicted of?
In order to be eligible for Limited Access it must be at least ten years from the date you finished your sentence. For example, if you were convicted in 2006 but did not complete your sentence until 2007, as of today, you would not yet be eligible. You must also have a clean criminal history from the date you finished your sentence.
- What other crimes have you been convicted of and how many convictions do you have?
Anyone convicted of the following is ineligible: First or second degree simple assault, sex with animals, impersonating a public official, intimidation or retaliation against a witness or victim, any offense that requires registering as a sex offender, first degree misdemeanor, or a felony. Also, anyone who has been convicted of four or more misdemeanors, regardless of what they are for, is ineligible to make a petition.
Don’t let your minor criminal past continue to hold you back. If you questions regarding Limited Access, contact Mobilio Law today for a free consultation.