Virginia Expungement Lawyers Warning to College Grads

Great Grades, Top School, No Job:
Virginia Expungement Lawyers May Know Why

Virginia expungement lawyersThere is no shortage of college students in Virginia. Around a half of a million, according to recent enrollment data. As one of the Northern Virginia expungement lawyers and as a Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney who has represented dozens of students from top local universities and high schools, I am a voice for this demographic, both in and out of the courtroom.

The issue we need to discuss today:

The struggle to find a job after college

If you are a recent college graduate or a college student already taking the initiative to find your first job, you know it is hard to get so much as a phone call for an interview these days. Unlike the people who get a job, and then lose that job after a background check…the people who have not been through that agonizing process may not have any idea that a past criminal charge is still holding them back: they may need to talk to a Virginia expungement lawyer. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. It is scary to think about how many young adults are out there applying to position after position.

 This article is for anyone who:

  • was charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Virginia in the past
  • was age 18 or older when charged;
    and whose
  • charge was dropped, dismissed, they were found not guilty, or the charge was amended

Failing to act, however could lead to these and/or other issues:

  • obtaining a job in the field of your choice vs. underemployment
  • keeping your job vs. termination
  • salary and benefits vs. hourly wages

Many people may not seek Virginia expungement lawyers, because they are not aware:

  • arrest records are  viewable before the case is heard and after it is over.
  • if a person is not cuffed or jailed, an arrest record still will be publicly viewable.
  • an arrest record will not automatically go away, even if the charge is dropped or found not guilty
  • if a college student wants to expunge a criminal record, he/she needs to initiate the process as soon as possible by reaching out to a local Northern Virginia expungement lawyer.

*there is no way to guarantee or promise the time it will take the state authorities to carry out a judge’s order  once the expungement petition is approved by the judge. Typically, it takes 6 to 12 months.

Recent college graduates in Virginia are looking for jobs…now

College Seniors set out into the real world this month of May, 2014, (or April, at some universities), and surely are already looking for employment. Of course, taking a vacation after graduating college is well-deserved, and I would suggest it. But before relaxing, have your affairs in good order, including initiating the expungement process, if you are one of the many who really ought to do so for the best chance at future employment.

How do you qualify for a Virginia Expungement?

There are numerous rules that a Fairfax criminal defense attorney and Virginia expungement lawyer must analyze, and he or she will need to obtain specific information to provide:

  • a helpful analysis as to the eligibility of the petitioner;
  • the likelihood a judge will find in the client’s favor should there be any issues;
  • the fee for the legal service; and
  • reasons why the Commonwealth might try to object.

Contact: a Virginia Expungement Lawyer

We have helped clients successfully expunge criminal records, and would be happy to discuss the details of your case and how we may be able to help you achieve your goals.

Call us at 703.665.3719 or leave a message online and a Virginia expungement lawyer will contact you shortly.

Virginia Expungement Lawyers Opinion: Some of the more problematic charges

These types of charges illustrate some of the problematic offenses for those who seek to find employment:

Read more about the Virginia expungement process here

Our Virginia criminal attorney and expungement lawyer also published a two-part infographic guide recently:

Finally, read about a recent very important expungement case in Virginia that is good news.


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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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