Criminal Defense

I have represented clients at the trial level in hundreds of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor traffic citations to serious felony charges. Many of these cases were handled through either a trial in front of a judge or jury, or through a negotiated plea. My job is to analyze the strength of the prosecution’s case and advise my client how to proceed in a way that aligns with his or her goals.


 In addition, I have helped individuals get their arrest record expunged after they were arrested for a crime that was later dismissed. Expungement is extremely effective in preserving future employment opportunities since it “erases” a particular arrest record and prevents it from ever showing up should an future employer run a background check. Only non-violent offense that a person was arrested for but NOT convicted of qualify for expungement. 


Pardons are also effective in reconciling a past indiscretion and removing the stigma of having a criminal record. Although a pardon does not have the effect of having your past “erased” like an expungement does, a pardon is a public display of forgiveness granted by the Governor to someone who was convicted of a crime earlier in life. A pardon can restore an offender’s civil rights, thereby causing them not to be labeled in a particular way 

Brennan R. Clifton/ T 251.422.6417 / F 251.626.3768 / © 2021 Brennan R. Clifton, Attorney at Law

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