Expungement is a legal process where an individual’s criminal record or conviction is removed or destroyed, and will therefore, not show up on a background check and is no longer listed on the Criminal Court Clerk’s website.
Why this matters to you?
- If you are applying for a job, for school, housing, or a professional license and you have a criminal record, this could present a challenge and cause your application to be denied.
- If you were arrested and the charges against you were dismissed, you might assume this means there is no public record available. This is not the case unless you have had the record expunged.
- Not every arrest and conviction can be expunged. This why is important to speak with an attorney to find out whether or not you are able to have your record expunged and what steps need to be taken.