If you have been arrested, it can have a damaging effect on your reputation and future. Even if the charges were dropped, it can be difficult to obtain certain things in life such as employment, loans, and housing. Fortunately, record expungement or sealing can benefit.
What are Expungement and Sealing?
Expungement is defined as the overall elimination of your criminal record. This means the file and all associated documents are destroyed as if your record never existed at all.
You are eligible for an expungement if any of the following relates to your situation:
- You were arrested but not charged
- Your charge was dismissed
- Your criminal offense was a minor alcohol-related crime
- You were arrested for identity theft but another person was actually arrested, charged and convicted of that crime
- You were convicted of Failure to Attend School
- Your criminal offense was qualifying misdemeanor juvenile
- You were later acquitted by the Criminal Court of Appeals
- You received a governor’s pardon or the U.S. president’s pardon
On the other hand, if you do not qualify for expunction, you may be qualified for record sealing, which limits access to your record and makes it more difficult for anyone to know about your criminal past. However, the file and documentation are still available.