In Arizona, a motion to set aside judgment is a legal procedure that allows a party to ask the court to vacate or set aside their judgment.
Essentially, setting aside a judgement means that a person convicted of a crime has been released from all penalties, punishment and disabilities resulting from the conviction.
In Arizona, a judgment to set aside a conviction can benefit individuals who have been previously convicted of a crime and have completed their sentence, including probation and community supervision.
The benefits of a set aside judgment include:
- Restoration of civil rights: individuals who have had their conviction set aside may be eligible to vote, serve on a jury, and hold public office.
- Increased employment opportunities: A set aside judgment can make it easier for individuals to find employment.
- Improved housing options: Individuals with a set aside judgment may be eligible for better housing options, as many landlords conduct criminal background checks before renting to tenants.
It is important to note that not all convictions are eligible for a set aside judgment. Some convictions, such as those for certain violent crimes or sex offenses, cannot be set aside. Additionally, individuals who have been convicted of multiple crimes may have to wait a certain amount of time before being eligible for a set aside judgment.