Recent changes in Arkansas law that took effect on January 1, 2014 have made it possible to seal misdemeanor criminal records that couldn’t previously be sealed. When a record is sealed/expunged it will no longer appear on your State or Federal criminal background checks and the law allows you to deny that the incident ever occurred. Almost all misdemeanors can be sealed / expunged after one year. Some misdemeanors including DWIs, battery charges, and sexual offenses will require a five-year waiting period. There is no limit on the number of misdemeanors that you can seal. I’ve had good success getting charges sealed under the new law and recently sealed four DWIs for a client. By clearing these DWIs from her record she has been the able to move forward with goals in her life that were previously hampered by her criminal record. If you or anyone you know has prior misdemeanors that you would like to get off of your record please give me a call. I do not charge anything for the initial consultation. Tim Snively, attorney, 479-695-2444.