Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records
An expungement of or sealing of a record are two ways you can limit the damage caused by your criminal history. If you have been charged with or convicted of a crime, it can impact your life for years to come. Your criminal history includes arrests and finger printing; and the disposition of those arrests including, conviction, acquittal, dismissal before trial, and other dispositions. Even if you were not charged, your arrest stays on your criminal history. Your criminal history is generally public record, meaning anyone can find and view it. It is less likely your criminal history will be accessible if it is sealed or expunged.
Sealing a criminal record typically results in the details of your arrest and conviction being made private and removed from public access. It may still show up in searches, but the details will be kept private. However, law enforcement and government agencies will still have access to the details. An expungement is a more thorough way to clean up your criminal history. An expungment typically results in those entities which would have access to the sealed information being informed that the record has been expunged. The information would only be accessible with a court order.
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