Expungement is a legal process in which a legal record from criminal conviction is sealed.
At the completion of this process, a person’s criminal record is essentially erased for most purposes.
Eligibility, availability and the procedure of expungement vary from state to state.
Expungement may only be an option in some jurisdictions for certain criminal convictions, if a conviction occurred while the offender, or if the person was acquitted.
It’s important to know the qualifications and guidelines of expungement before trying to seek this option.
If expungement is an option, it is most likely necessary to contact an attorney experienced with expungement to oversee the process. Expungement attorneys will be able to navigate the process and the forms necessary to erase a criminal record. After the expungement process is complete and a record has been expunged, the person whose record was expunged does not need to disclose the previous conviction .
In most cases, a person whose record has been expunged does not need to disclose a previous conviction when applying for jobs, applying to educational institutions, or any other entity that conducts a public records inspection or background check.
However, an expunged arrest is not completely erased from the eyes of the law. There is limited accessibility for government agencies to see a complete criminal record for purposes of future sentencing for another crime committed or immigration proceedings.
Expungement is an ideal option for those wanting to clear their criminal record when it is an option. Determining eligibility and completing the process successfully can be a daunting endeavor. Contacting an attorney experienced with expungement will ensure that the process is correct and efficient.