What is MyClearStart?
Competition for good jobs, housing and school is stronger than ever. It is time to invest in yourself and seal or expunge your criminal record. Having us handle your case means that you will have the security and confidence in knowing that you have an experienced and licensed attorney working to make sure your record is cleared by the court to the fullest extent possible as fast as possible and removed from private criminal databases. MyClearStart has partnered with The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates to offer you this service.
- Tell employers that you have not been convicted of a crime
- Become eligible for housing assistance
- Stop fearing or being embarrassed when someone does a background check on you
- Become eligible for student loans
- Become eligible for more types of licenses and certificates
- FREE and confidential eligibility test
What is Criminal Record Expungement?
Expungement or record sealing is the process of requesting that the courts and/or law enforcement agencies modify, seal or destroy criminal records. The definition, benefits and requirements of expungement or record sealing varies by state. In many instances when a record is expunged or sealed, it cannot be viewed by the public and the applicant does not have to disclose any past criminal activity. Most states offer this relief because it is good public policy to allow deserving people to fully contribute in society.
Q: In what states can I have my record expunged?
MyClearStart currently supports the free eligibility test in the following 17 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. For other states click here.
Q: What is the cost?
Each state charges different fees. If you take the free eligibility test, all fees will be shown prior to you making any commitment.
Q: What offenses can be cleared with MyClearStart?
Each jurisdiction is different so take the free eligibility test to find out.
Q: My case is deferred, dismissed or discharged. Why is it still available to the public?
Court records are generally public records. Even if your case is dismissed, deferred or discharged, your offense is still publicly available. Which means your prospective employer, landlord or school may discover the court case.
Q: Why does my record still show up on a background check report even after the judge ordered it expunged or sealed?
Since many courts and agencies do NOT proactively inform the public of expungements, a person may obtain a court order expunging or sealing a record but that order may never be received by the criminal record database companies, who are a source of criminal record information to many of the background screening companies in the US.
Getting Your Record Expunged is Actually Only Half the Battle!
Since many courts and agencies do not proactively inform the public of expungements, a person may obtain a court order expunging or sealing a record but that order may never be received by the criminal record database companies, who are a source of criminal record information to many of the background screening companies in the US.
To solve this problem, MyClearStart has formed an exclusive partnership with The Foundation for Continuing Justice.
The Foundation offers a free service to those who have had their criminal record sealed, expunged or otherwise made non-public by the court to have this information removed from private companies who provide the information for private background checks. Visit the Continuing Justice website to download their application form to start the removal process.
This partnership will help to ensure that job seekers realize the full benefits afforded to them under the legal process of expungement, leading to faster and more efficient background checks, and helping qualified job applicants to more quickly secure meaningful employment.