When it comes to applying for a job, a loan, or an apartment, one or more criminal charges on your record, even if you were not found guilty, can result in getting turned down for opportunities.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that even if you win your case, that case is still on your record and, unfortunately, although I’d like to believe people will read the disposition and give you the benefit of the doubt, a lot of people just see that you were charged and they stop looking,” Maryland Legal Apps president Matthew Stubenberg said. “That can be really unfortunate and really unfair to the client.”
Stubenberg decided to create the website MDExpungement.com to automate the criminal record removal process. Taking about six months to create, the website launched in October 2015 and has been used to expunge more than 15,000 cases in the state. Stubenberg estimated that is has saved more than $300,000 in the court costs associated with expungement cases and decreased the time it takes to complete an expungement by 90%.
Attorneys can either sign up for a free account or pay a fee to make the process faster. Residents who just want to get their one case expunged, may do so for a $10 fee.
“It’s made a process that used to be very tedious much faster and much more gratifying for the attorneys especially because they spend more of their time actually reviewing cases to make sure they are eligible for expungement rather than just transferring information to a form,” he said.