A fundamental principle of the American criminal justice system is that once an individual has paid their debt to society, they deserve a fresh start. The expungement process can provide just that.

At Jason J. Sawyer, Attorney and Counselor at Law, we believe that good people make mistakes, and everyone should get the chance to learn from their mistakes and move forward. However, a criminal conviction on your record can negatively impact your ability to get a job, secure housing, or pursue educational opportunities. Let us help you wipe the slate clean. Schedule a free consultation with our attorney in Burlington, Vermont, today to discuss the possibility of expunging your record.

What is an Expungement?

An expungement allows certain convictions and charges to be wiped from your record after a specified amount of time has passed. When you seek an expungement, you are asking for the court record of your previous offense to be sealed. An expunged conviction or arrest will not appear should a potential employer or other third party conduct a background check. In addition, you do not have to disclose your expunged conviction when pursuing new opportunities like, for example, while applying for a job.

Expunging your record can give you the opportunity to confidently turn the page and start a new chapter in life.



Determining Eligibility in Vermont

In the state of Vermont, there are a variety of crimes that can be sealed, including:

  • Convictions from when you were under the age of 21

  • Dismissed charges

  • Certain felony offenses, like burglary or grand larceny

  • Most misdemeanors, excluding violent crimes, sex offenses, and most driving violations

  • Single DUI convictions

  • Governor’s pardons, which occur when the governor grants an unconditional pardon for your offenses

In the state of Vermont, federal crimes, most felonies, misdemeanors involving violent crimes, sex offenses, and driving violations, and predicate offenses usually cannot be expunged. However, setting up a consultation with a qualified legal professional is the best way to determine your eligibility for an expungement.

Petitioning for an Expungement

Seeking an expungement is a time-consuming process that you should not attempt to navigate alone. Working with an attorney who understands the justice system can make all the difference in the outcome of your petition and can minimize the frustrations you may face along the way. Our attorney strives to provide dedicated guidance to help you every step of the way, from determining your eligibility to submitting your completed petition.

Let Us Help You Fight for a Fresh Start

Schedule a Free Consultation in Burlington Today

Don’t let your criminal record hold you back from building the life you envisioned. Start working toward a brighter future with the help of our expungements attorney. Our holistic approach allows us to see the individual behind the conviction, and we want to make sure that the rest of the world gets to see who you truly are without your past mistakes clouding their view.

Where other attorneys see obstacles, we see opportunities. This is your chance to start fresh. Let us be your partners through this process. Schedule a free initial consultation with us at Jason J. Sawyer, Attorney and Counselor at Law today. From our office in Burlington, Vermont, we proudly assist individuals in Windsor County, Orange County, Franklin, Washington, and Chittenden. In addition to our expungement services, we fight for the rights of the accused against a variety of criminal offenses.


Don’t let a previous mistake define the rest of your life. Schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced attorney to determine your eligibility for an expungement of your criminal record. Talking to us could be the first step on the path toward a brighter future. Let's get started in Burlington, Vermont, today.

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