Set Aside of Convictions
Under A.R.S. § 13-907, a convicted person may apply to a sentencing judge to have a conviction set aside. If the judge grants the set aside application, the judge sets aside the judgment of guilt, dismisses the accusation or information, and orders that the applicant be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the conviction.
It is important to note that a set aside is not the same as expungement. Generally, if something is expunged, it no longer exists. When a conviction is set aside, it still exists but it is treated differently. The conviction will still appear on a criminal report; however, it will also note that the judgement was vacated and that an order of dismissal was entered. This helps to move the focus from a person’s past to their present and positive attributes. Contact us today for a free consultation.