Expungement of a Criminal Record
Criminal Record Expungement is Effective January 1, 2020
A comprehensive new expungement law in New Mexico authorizes courts to limit public access to non-conviction records one year after disposition if no other charges are pending, and to most convictions for felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinances after varying waiting periods.
The ACLU of New Mexico describes it as follows, “expunged records will be removed from public view and are no longer reported on background checks. A person whose record is expunged may answer “no” when asked if they have ever been arrested or convicted. District Attorneys and certain employers requiring security clearance may still have access to expunged records.”
Specifically, the law allows for expungement in the following circumstances:
- Identity theft.
- Release without conviction.
- Upon conviction.
(after completion of sentence, payment of fines and having a specified amount of time pass since conviction)
Certain crimes cannot be expunged. If your crime involved:
- An offense committed against a child?
- An offense that caused great bodily harm or death to another person?
- A sex offense?
- An offense involving driving while under the influence (i.e. DUI or DWI)?
The New Mexico Criminal Record Expungement Act (NMCREA) will not permit expungement in these specific circumstances.
Don’t be held back any longer
If you believe you may qualify for New Mexico Criminal Record Expungement please take our fast and confidential interview to see if you qualify for Expungement in the State of New Mexico.
We have paralegals and legal assistants ready to help. For a nominal fee, we can help walk you through our
Expungement Eligibility Interview,
or quickly answer your questions.
Contact us or give us a call at 505.715.5700 if you have additional questions or concerns.