In the aftermath of the struggles and complexities in trying to reach a manageable outcome in their criminal case, and in their efforts to successfully complete the affirmative obligations of their probationary sentences, many people are left to consider “what can I do now to make my situation/life better?” – personally, and professionally. In moving their lives forward in a positive manner, many defendants seek new relationships with others, new jobs and careers, and a path to creating opportunity for themselves.
For many, the task in making their situation better, is not overly difficult and complicated. It merely requires effort and a confident approach. While there are many forms of post sentencing legal relief available to pursue, the following discussion highlights four common tools available to defendants who wish to present themselves in a positive light, to “clean up their past” and do so with the legal support and approval from the court.