Utah Rule 402 Reduction – How Do I Expunge A Record Faster

Have you ever asked the question “how do I expunge a record faster?”   Utah has a lesser known law that allows people who are currently not eligible and/or who want to get an expungement more quickly to use a process called a Utah Rule 402 Reduction to become eligible or to get a faster expungement.

A “402 Reduction” is a motion that can be filed with the court to reduce the level of offense of your original offense, it provides for a one step or two step reduction.   For example, if your original charge was a 3rd Degree felony, a one step reduction would be a Class A Misdemeanor.  That would reduce the waiting time from seven years to five years.  A two step reduction would be a Class B Misdemeanor.  That would reduce the waiting period from seven years to four years.  This process allows you to get an expungement much earlier.

Another reason why a “402 Reduction” is useful is if you are ineligible based on the number of a certain type of offenses.  For example, if you have two or more felonies you are not eligible for expungement.  Therefore, a “402 Reduction” could allow for one of the felonies to become a misdemeanor and then you would be eligible, assuming you are not ineligible for other reasons.   Or, if you have two many Class A Misdemeanors or Class B Misdemeanors, you could perform a “402 Reduction” to have them reduced a degree.

Also, in some instances a felony conviction will strip away your civil rights such as owning a gun, voting, holding public office, and serving as a juror.  Reducing the felony to a misdemeanor by using the “402 Reduction” method will change the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor.  Afterwards, you no longer have a felony conviction and, therefore, you civil rights can be restored.

This is a very important tool to understand and a qualified Utah expungement Attorney will be able to help you with this process.  Call today for a free consultation: 1-855-EXPUNGE.

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