Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records and Background Checks in the State of Virginia

Cerid Lugar
Cerid Lugar | Lugar Law

A passionate lawyer who loves to discuss all things law. The first lawyer in the Roanoke Valley to file and successfully obtain an Order to seal records for a client. Petitioned for expungements and litigated expungements for the last eight years.

On-Demand: March 25, 2022

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Program Summary

Virginia had some of the most archaic laws when it came to forgiveness of criminal offenses. Sweeping criminal justice reforms occurred in 2020/21. With such sweeping reforms were the game-changing sealing laws. The sealing laws are straightforward and complex all at the same time. There is automatic sealing and petition sealing.

Expungement in limited circumstances remains. There are also implications of background checks and responsibilities required to secure sealed information. This can expose certain entities and it is important for the individual as well as the company to provide background checks to understand the exposure and responsibilities.

When does the automatic sealing of records go into effect? What is eligible for sealing? What is eligible for expungement? What are the procedures for such petitions?

What is the difference between the two?

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Expungement
  • Automatic Sealing
  • Petition Sealing
  • Background Checks

Date / Time: March 25, 2022

  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Eastern
  • 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Central
  • 9:00 am – 11:10 am Mountain
  • 8:00 am – 10:10 am Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Cerid Lugar_myLawCLECerid Lugar | Lugar Law

A passionate lawyer who loves to discuss all things law. The first lawyer in the Roanoke Valley to file and successfully obtain an Order to seal records for a client. Petitioned for expungements and litigated expungements for the last eight years.

Cerid Lugar returned to Roanoke, Virginia from London, England. She is a litigator who understands and appreciates policy and facts – both of which are important when facing a trial in court. She has well-rounded experiences and continues to make her client’s life easier by helping them with the law’s complexity and often confusing procedural steps. It is understandable, and she appreciates, that those new or untrained in the law often find the legal system confusing and overwhelming (as most often it is compounded since the client is emotionally distraught because of the charges or civil summons received).

Her experience to date includes, complex commercial experience, domestic, civil and criminal law. While working in London, she worked for the Kurdish Human Rights Project, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Bank of England.

She opened her own law firm, Lugar Law, seven years ago and concentrates on mostly civil litigation.

Agenda

I. Equipping attorneys to be able to petition the Courts for expungement and sealing of records | 11:00 am – 11:30 am
II. Discuss eligibility with clients regarding sealing and expungement | 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Break | 12:00 pm – 12:10 pm

III. Evaluation of the legal implications of erroneous information on the background checks | 12:10 pm – 12:25 pm
IV. Learning what rights, a citizen has | 12:25 pm – 12:40 pm
V. What actions should businesses take with respect to background checks | 12:40 pm – 1:10 pm