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What is Expungement?

When a criminal case is tried in the court of law, the defendant and prosecution are required to produce documentation that shows that the defendant is not guilty. In most cases, this paperwork is referred to as "Prosecution Oppositions". Sometimes called "Form XV", this is a document filed with the court by the prosecution in which they state their opposition to the accusation of the defendant. This document will almost always be accompanied by affidavits from the police or witnesses supporting their position.

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As the name implies, "Prosecution Oppositions" is using to defend the defendant's innocence in the judicial process. Prosecutors normally prepare a substantial number of such documents before the trial takes place. The majority of these are submitted to the Court Clerk's office for review and adjudication. If a prosecutor elects to go to the Court Clerk's office to file his document, he will also pay a filing fee to the Clerk's office before the request is approved.

Forms are required to be completed by both parties before any proceedings begin. A Prosecution Opposition must include certain elements in order to be accepted. They include a legal description of the evidence in question. It is also important that the Prosecution Opposition includes an accusation of the charge being presented against the defendant. The other document that must be filed with the Court is called a Counter-Prosecution Opposition.

A Counter-Prosecution is a detailed response by the defendant's attorney to the Prosecution Opposition. The response can include a defense statement, which can be considered a response to the other attorney's document. The other documents submitted with the Counter-Prosecution can include an accurate count of the evidence, affidavits, and police reports. To adjudicate the motion for expungement, a Judge will look at all of the details contained in both the Prosecution and Counter-Prosecution and determine if the claim merits the right to be expunged from the records.

In other words, the Court will view the material evidence presented in the case and decide if it was fair and presented accurately. The Court will consider whether the individual was convicted of the crime for which they were accused. They will also have to consider the reasonable doubt issue. Even if the initial claim was proven to be false, it is possible for a second party to present a reason to overturn the ruling.

In order to qualify for expungement, a person must meet all of the conditions outlined by the Constitution. These conditions include: being of age, having been convicted of the crime, being a citizen of the United States, not being incarcerated, and not being subjected to a sentence of life imprisonment. If any of these requirements are met, the crime should not have been committed. There is no need to prove that the claim was true. In order to maintain a case in the courts, the government must show that a crime was committed in order to proceed.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime and you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, then you have a valid motion for expungement. It is important to note that this type of motion requires that the person has been convicted of the crime for which they are attempting to expunge. Also, it must be proven that there is no reasonable doubt about the charge, and the prosecution failed to prove that the person committed the crime for which they were arrested.

Typically, there is a time limit imposed on an individual before the application for expungement can be approved. If the person does not want to wait any longer than thirty days, they can move forward with their application. They do not need to hire an attorney to represent them, but they do need to submit a certain amount of money towards the costs of processing the case. There is a waiting period between the time that the paperwork is filed and the time that the process actually begins, and most of the time, the court will also allow a certain amount of time to pass before the actual date of the expungement hearing.

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