Expungement is a legal procedure that allows eligible individuals to have any and all records relating to their criminal charges removed, both from public records and those of law enforcement agencies. It is granted by a judge in the original court in which the charge was heard. Expungement is different from sealing a record, which may occur after a defendant has been exonerated of a charge, however sometimes these terms are used interchangeably and the practical consequences are very similar.
3 Central Questions:
– Are you a first-time offender?
– Have you not been convicted of a ‘crime of violence’?
– Have you waited the required period?
In order to be eligible for expungement, you must be able to answer “yes” to all three of the above questions