Missouri Expungement and License Reinstatement Lawyer

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Missouri Expungement Lawyer

If you have a criminal record in Missouri, you may be eligible for an expungement. This process can remove your criminal record from public view, making it easier to get a job, housing, and other opportunities.


To see if you qualify for an expungement, please contact our office for a free consultation. We will review your case and let you know what options are available to you.


Thank you for considering our firm. We look forward to helping you clear your criminal record.

What types of crimes can be expunged from your record

The state of Missouri only allows certain types of crimes to be expunged from your record. The process can be complicated, but we have done it time and time again for our clients so they can get a fresh start without the black mark of a criminal record. 

Both misdemeanors and felonies can be expunged. However, there is a waiting period after the conviction before you can petition the court for your expungement. 

The list of crimes that can be expunged is long, but includes the following:

Expungement in Missouri

Expungements refer to the removal of certain records from public view. These records may include arrest reports, juvenile court files, and other documents. Expungements are available in Missouri for many types of offenses, including DUIs, drug charges, domestic violence, and even some misdemeanors.

What is expungement?

Expungements refer to the removal of certain records from public view. These records may include arrest reports,
juvenile court files, and other documents. Expungements are available in Missouri for many types of offenses, including DUIs, drug charges, domestic violence, and even some misdemeanors.

Do I qualify for an expungement?

To qualify for an expungement, you must first complete a petition for expungement. The petition should be filed with the county where the offense was committed, and there is a $250 fee for this. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you must have paid off your probation, fine, or jail time, and wait one year before filing the petition. A felony conviction requires waiting three years before filing the petition for expungement, as well as the satisfaction of all other requirements.

The petition for expungement should contain information regarding the nature of the offense. It should also provide evidence that you have completed the terms of your probation or parole. The judge will determine whether the petition meets the requirements set forth above. Once the judge determines that the petition for expungement satisfies the criteria, they will order the record sealed.

Once the record is sealed, it cannot be accessed by anyone except those involved in the investigation or prosecution of the offense. This includes police officers, prosecutors, judges, clerks, and others who might come into possession of the record.

Certain crimes will never qualify for expungement – this includes class A felonies such as murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, arson, and child abuse. Other crimes that do not fall under these categories may still qualify for expungement if the circumstances surrounding the crime warrant it.


If you believe you qualify for an expungement, please call us right away so that we can begin working on your petition.

Kansas City Criminal Defense Attorney

At the Janssen Law office, we know how stressful it can be to face criminal charges. Whether you’ve been charged with DUI, assault, theft, fraud, or another type of crime, we can help.


An assault charge occurs when someone intentionally causes physical harm to another person. Assault is often used to describe situations involving domestic violence, but it can also apply to cases involving strangers if an intentional act to cause harm occurs.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined as “any act of physical aggression against a spouse or former spouse, parent, child, sibling, or guardian; any sexual contact between persons over whom the offender has control or supervision; and any attempt to cause physical harm to a family member.”


In Missouri, fraud is defined as “…any kind of practice of dishonesty of a person or a company for financial advantage. It is generally considered a well-thought-out crime by the law.”  Fraud can occur in many different ways. For example, a person could make false statements about their income or assets to obtain money from a bank loan. Fraud may also be committed when someone uses stolen credit card numbers to purchase items online.


Theft is an intentional act, and is defined as the “unlawful taking of property belonging to another without consent.” This includes stealing something like a cell phone, laptop computer, car, or even jewelry. If you are accused of committing theft, you should immediately contact our firm. We can help you understand what you are facing and advise you on the best course of action. 

Drug Crimes

There are several drug offenses that can lead to jail time and serious consequences. These include possession of controlled substances, trafficking controlled substances or delivery of controlled substances, as well as drug manufacturing or distribution

We have helped clients successfully navigate through all of these charges. Contact us today to learn more about your options.



Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer

When you suffer injuries due to the negligence of others, you deserve compensation. At the Janssen Law Office, we work hard to ensure that you get the full amount of damages that you deserve. Our team of experienced attorneys will fight to protect your rights and recover the maximum amount possible.

Car Accidents

Auto accidents are amongst the most common types of personal injury claims, and often involve cars, bicycles, and even trucks or commercial vehicles. In some instances, an auto accident victim may need medical treatment or rehabilitation after being injured. Personal injury claims surrounding auto accidents can claim for medical expenses, as well as ongoing expenses incurred as a result of the accident.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death occurs when someone dies because of the negligent actions of another. Such deaths are tragic events that leave families devastated. When a loved one dies due to the fault of another, it is important to seek justice. These types of personal injury claims often result in the family claiming compensation.

If you believe that you or a loved one was harmed by the negligence of another, please call our office today – our team has a strong background in personal injury claims and will work hard to ensure that you receive the justice that you deserve for your injuries and trauma.

Workplace Accidents

Personal injury claims for workplace accidents happen every day at businesses across Missouri. When they do, workers who are hurt or killed may file a claim under the state’s Workers Compensation Act. The Act provides benefits such as disability payments, medical care, and death benefits, and you may be able to claim medical expenses for the personal injury suffered.



DUI and License Reinstatement

A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while impaired) charge is one of the most common types of criminal charges. Missouri laws state that driving while consuming or under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, and a conviction for drunk driving could result in imprisonment, fines, and other penalties if you are found guilty of a DUI, and will usually have driving privileges revoked on a temporary or permanent basis the vast majority of the time.

When taking drugs or consuming alcohol, your reflexes are seriously impaired, and this will have a negative impact on your driving, reaction times, and ability to manage a vehicle. This can cause serious injuries if you are involved in an accident – and these types of personal injury cases are sadly all too common.



How we can Help

If you have been charged with a DUI offense, you need to know how to handle this situation properly. The first step is to hire an attorney who specializes in DUI matters. An experienced lawyer can help you avoid making mistakes that could result in additional penalties.

Once you have hired one of our top attorneys, we will begin working on your case right away. Your attorney will gather evidence and interview witnesses to determine whether there was reasonable suspicion for police officers to stop your vehicle. They can then look into the details of your arrest to see if they were legally justified.

Your attorney will also investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest to see if any mitigating factors would reduce the severity of your sentence. A good attorney will also try to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors so that you do not have to go to trial.

In some cases, it may be beneficial to plead guilty to a lesser charge such as reckless driving instead of a DUI. However, you still face significant penalties – particularly if law enforcement officers have evidence that you were intoxicated or under the influence of a substance while driving. This means that you must carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether to accept a plea bargain.

Our lawyers can provide advice regarding your legal options and help you decide whether pleading guilty is the best option for your particular situation, as well as work with you to build the best possible defense.

License Reinstatement

Many people find themselves in situations where they want to drive again, but they are unable to because of a prior conviction. Fortunately, there are ways around this problem. If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you can apply for a restricted license. This allows you to drive, but with predetermined limitations and restrictions such as limits on the time or distance that you can drive, and how far you can go.

You should contact an attorney immediately after being arrested for a traffic violation; they will be able to advise you on what steps you need to take to regain your driving privileges.

You can also file a petition for the restoration of your driving privileges. To qualify for this process, you must meet several requirements, and this will depend on the nature of your suspension. In some cases, you can simply fill in the forms, pay a reinstatement fee and get back on the road.

More serious offenses, however, will require a longer, more stringent process.

Point Suspension

If you have your license suspended as a result of point accumulation, you will need to carry SR22 insurance for 2 years following the date of your suspension and pay a fee to the DMV. You will also need to retake a driver’s test if it has been longer than 6 months.

First DUI

Following a first DWI, you will need to carry SR22 insurance for two years, complete a SATOP, and pay a reinstatement fee, as well as potentially retake a driver’s test.

Second DUI

If your second DWI occurs more than 5 years after the first, the same reinstatement requirements apply. If the offenses occurred within 5 years of one another, you will need to petition the court to request a reinstatement of your license, and a judge will decide whether you pose a danger to your community, An ignition interlock will also be required for 6 months, and the defendant will have to pay a fee to the DMV.

Third DUI

Following a third DWI resulting in a 10-year suspension, the same requirements apply as those set out in the second DWI, and a defendant may have to petition the court.

Abuse and Lose

If you have lost your license as the result of an Abuse and Lose violation, a defendant must carry SR22 insurance for 2 years from the date of suspension, complete SATOP, and pay a reinstatement fee.


Our team can help you to navigate through these complicated processes. We can assist you in filing petitions for the restoration of your driving rights and get you back on the road in no time with the best possible defense.




Personal Injury, DWI, Criminal Defense Lawyer In North Kansas City, Missouri

Hi, I’m Ben Janssen. Thank you for visiting my site. My practice is located in North Kansas City, Missouri, and serves the Kansas City Metro area and surrounding counties. ​If you’re reading my site, chances are you have questions about a legal matter. If so, don’t hesitate to call me at 816-287-0172 to discuss your case or use the form below to schedule a free consultation.

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