Kansas Expungments

Posted by Matt McLane | Oct 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

An expungement is the legal process of asking a judge to seal the court record of a previous criminal (or juvenile) offense. It is important to remember that, in Kansas, an expunged record is NOT destroyed. The police, FBI, immigration officers, and other public officials may still see sealed court files for certain purposes.
Most city ordinance convictions can be expunged after three (3) years.
A five (5) year wait period is required for convictions of leaving the scene of accident; driving on a suspended driver's license; failure to maintain car insurance; and first offense DUI convictions and/or diversions.
A ten (10) year wait period is required for second and subsequent DUI convictions.

The waiting period begins when the sentence or diversion has been completed, so for example, you must wait six years from the date you sign a diversion agreement.  Expungements are a great way to clean your record but as noted above, law enforcement can still access the record through their online shared system.  Court filing fees range from $100-$200 depending on the court.  The Judge signs the Order, and the clerks must send a copy to local and state agencies for it to be "sealed."  

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Matt McLane

Matt McLane was born in Topeka, Kansas, and moved to Pittsburg, Kansas in 1980 where he attended middle school, high school and college. Upon graduation from PSU in 1992, Matt moved back to Topeka where he attended Washburn University law school. Upon graduation, he moved to Overland Park and worked in a small firm handling DUI and traffic cases. He opened the McLane Law Firm in April 2011 and has built his firm on a strong referral base and solid reputation.


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