If you’ve been accused of or convicted of a crime, one of the things
you may be considering is how the expungement process works. Expungement
is never guaranteed, and you may have to work with your attorney to file
the appropriate documents. If you want your record expunged, you’ll
have to show why you believe this is a decision the court should make.
When you commit a crime, you normally have to tell everyone about it when
you apply for housing, a job, or other important things in life. That
can hinder you, since some employers or housing associations may not want
someone with a conviction on his record working or living in the area.
In some cases, there will be a court hearing where the merits of your case
for expungement will be considered. If the court decides that your legal
records should be expunged, then your record of arrest or conviction will
be sealed. That means that for the majority of situations, that conviction
or arrest no longer appears on your record.
For instance, once your record is sealed, you will no longer have to tell
potential employers about your criminal history. If you want to go to
school, the school doesn’t need to know about the past mistakes,
either. Even though most situations will now no longer result in disclosing
this information, expungements aren’t all-inclusive. Certain government
agencies may still be able to look into your record, even if it’s
been sealed. Sometimes, a conviction that has been sealed can still be
used as evidence in further cases, which is something to consider.