Civil Rights Restoration

Following a felony conviction, you can lose your civil rights. These include things like your right to vote and your right to bear arms. In Arizona, there is a process to have your rights restored and your conviction set aside after the completion of your sentence. Many people who have made mistakes in their past want to go through this process so they can get their life back in order.


There is no expungement in Arizona. Once you are convicted of a crime as an adult in Arizona, it cannot be removed from your record. This is often a common question in this line of work. The best you can do in Arizona is have the conviction set aside and your rights restored.

Setting Aside a Conviction

Setting aside a criminal conviction in Arizona does not remove it from your record. When an employer performs a background check on you, it will still show your charge and conviction. However, once the judge orders a set aside, there will be an additional line in the background checking showing that a conviction has been set aside. Many employers feel better about hiring someone with a felony conviction if that felony has been set aside.

If you are asked on a background check if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you would still be required to answer yes. You will just be able to add that a judge has set aside that conviction.

Restoring Civil Rights

Following a felony conviction, you may wish to have your civil rights restored. These include your right to bear arms, your right to vote, and your right to serve on a jury. Depending on the conviction, you may have to wait several years before you can apply to have you right to bear arms restored. For certain violent crimes, you are never able to have your gun rights restored.

For more information on setting aside a conviction and restoring civil rights, contact us today for a free consultation.