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Mistakes and mishaps happen during life. These mistakes can result in arrest records and/or convictions. Many clients tell us their past arrests and/or convictions cause them embarrassment and/or make it difficult for them to achieve their goals. Arrests and/or convictions do not have to you follow you forever. David and his team have successfully helped clients in Missouri and Kansas obtain expungements.

Want to learn more about starting the new year off with a clean slate? Watch this clip and give David a call for a consultation at 816-437-8199.

The first step in determining if you are eligible for an expungement will depend on if your arrest or charge occurred in Kansas or Missouri.

Missouri Expungements in General

In Missouri, there are numerous misdemeanor and felony offenses that are eligible for expungement.  A complete list of offenses that are not eligible can be found at §610.140.

Please note, in the past, Missouri had a narrow expungement statute that only offered relief to a small handful of individuals. Recently, Missouri expanded its expungement statute to allow relief to a much wider group of people. If you have previously been told that your Missouri arrest or conviction was not eligible for expungement, you may now be eligible for relief given these recent changes to the law.

A person must wait seven years from the completion of a sentence to apply for expungement in a felony case and three years from the completion of a sentence in a misdemeanor case. Expungement under §610.140 of arrest records and convictions allow a person’s arrest record and/or conviction to be expunged and then sealed. Expungement of arrest records under 610.122 allow the arrest records to be expunged and then destroyed.

David and his team have successfully achieved Missouri expungements under both §610.140 and 610.122.

Kansas Expungements in General

In Kansas, expungements are available 3 years after the completion of a sentence for  any person convicted of a traffic infraction, cigarette or tobacco infraction, misdemeanor or a class D or E felony, or for crimes committed on or after July 1, 1993, any felony ranked severity levels 6 through 10 of the non-drug grid, any felony ranked in severity level 4 of the drug grid for crimes prior to July 1, 2012, and any felony ranked in severity level 5 of the drug grid from crimes after July 1, 2012.

A person must wait 5 years from the completion of a sentence for expungement if such person was convicted of a class A, B or C felony, or for crimes committed on or after July 1, 1993, any felony ranked in severity levels 1 through 5 of the non-drug grid, any felony ranked in severity levels 1 through 3 of the drug grid for crimes prior to July 1, 2012, and any felony ranked in severity levels 1 through 4 of the drug grid for crimes after July 1, 2013. A list of offense not eligible for expungement in Kansas can be found at K.S.A. 21-6614(e).

David and his team have helped numerous client’s with their Kansas expungements. Call them today for a review of your case!

WHY DAVID BELL

Mr. Bell has significant experience in criminal matters at the local, state and federal level. When combined with his educational background and other life experiences, Mr. Bell is uniquely situated to help individuals and companies with investigations and charges that could result in serious personal and professional consequences.

After obtaining his business and tax law degrees, Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney.  Combining his desire to help people with his love of the law, Mr. Bell then served as a trial attorney with the Missouri Public Defender’s System in Jackson County, Missouri.  After representing thousands of clients in matters ranging from misdemeanor assault to first degree murder, Mr. Bell joined the Firm in 2007 where he is now a shareholder.

While Mr. Bell continues to represent clients in local and state court, he has leveraged his business background to develop a significant white-collar practice in both Kansas and Missouri federal courts.

EDUCATION
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York LL.M. (Taxation) | December, 1997

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York J.D. | May, 1997

  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Philadelphia, PA B.S. Economics (Magna Cum Laude) | May, 1994
AWARDS & HONORS
  • Named as one of the 16 “Up & Coming Lawyers” by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly | October 9, 2006
  • The Charles M. Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy | March 1, 2007 – Present
  • Selected to Super Lawyers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation | 2019
PAPERS & PODCASTS

David is a frequent host on the Jaws of Justice Radio show whose goals is to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice, and the criminal justice system. LISTEN NOW 

David and his team stay current on legal matters and laws that can affect the lives of their clients. As KC area legal experts, they frequently publish original articles on relevant legal topics. READ NOW

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