Expunging an Arrest with no Conviction
The presumption of innocence is the bedrock of our criminal justice system. Presumption of Innocence is the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. However, I often receive calls from individuals who are shocked when they learn that an old arrest where the charges were dismissed is still showing up on the criminal background check.
Under the presumption of innocence, regardless of whether you was arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, in Mississippi you can expunge arrest records that did not result in a conviction. This includes charges that were: Dismissed; Did not result in charges within one year; Resulted in an acquittal, or Were resolved through pretrial diversion program.