An expungement of your record results in the extraction and isolation
of all records on file with any court correctional facility or law
enforcement agency. The records that are expunged include complaints,
warrants, arrests reports, commitments, criminal history records,
fingerprints and your rap sheet.
Contrary to popular belief, your record is not automatically cleared or
expunged with the passage of time. Even if you were never found guilty,
an arrest is not expunged unless a court grants your expungement
petition. State statutes impose application guidelines and waiting
periods for various types of arrests and convictions. The guidelines
provide instruction for what can be expunged and set forth certain
specific types of offenses that cannot. The guidelines also impose
waiting periods that are calculated from the completion of the sentence
imposed by the court.
It is important to note that an expungement does not destroy records;
it extracts and isolates the records. Under most circumstances, once an
expungement has been granted those records cannot be disclosed. A
person who has been granted an expungement can respond that he or she
has no conviction when asked a question about having a criminal record.
Exceptions to this rule include a person seeking a second
a person seeking a conditional discharge, and a person seeking to
obtain employment in law enforcement.
What to bring to a consultation:
- A copy of all papers pertaining to your arrest(s);
- A copy of all court papers pertaining to the disposition of the charge(s) you want expunged; and,
- A copy of any report pertaining to the completion of any probationary or diversionary treatment program.