Criminal Record Expungement aka “Rap Sheet” Clearing

Criminal Record Clearing also known as Expungement  is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.”

It is a more extreme form of clearing . An  literally wipes  slate , with no evidence that you were ever convicted of any criminal offense. A sealed  serves the same purpose, but the record still exists; it’s just that no one can access it through conventional means.

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Eligibility for expungement

Is a particular offense eligible for expungement?  A jurisdiction may allow it only for arrests and misdemeanor convictions and not allow it for felony convictions .

When is a person eligible for an expungement?  Usually only after people have finished serving their sentences, including any term of probation. If there’s a good reason, a judge may shorten a period of probation in order to allow expungement to take place earlier.

What are the consequences of expungement? Even if a conviction has been expunged, could it still show up in some circumstances? For example, police departments and some licensing boards may be able to find out about job applicants’ expunged records. Talk to your lawyer to get your Certificate of Actual Innocence, the most powerful form of expungement.

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