Every arrest is part of the public record and whether felony or misdemeanor it could have a negative impact on your life. The court system requires you to take the necessary steps to expunge or seal your record. There are 3 ways to clear your criminal record – Expungement, Sealing and Executive Clemency (pardon by the Governor). We can guide you through each of these options and navigate the system for you.
Expungement can remove arrests, supervisions, and qualifying probations from your criminal record and allows you to legally answer “no” to the question, “Haw you ever been convicted of a crime?” on a job application or by an employer. An employer cannot ask you about arrests on a job application. They can only ask whether you have been found guilty of a criminal offense. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you in any way due to an expunged or sealed record.
If you were convicted for any misdemeanor, felony, or criminal municipal ordinance violation, you cannot expunge your record. Convictions include a plea of guilty or being found guilty by a judge or jury where you were sentenced to:
- Fines for ordinance violations
- Regular probation (other than “710,” “1410” or “TASC” probation)
- Time considered served
- Jail or prison time
- Conditional discharge
Sealing Your Record
When a record is sealed, it cannot be seen by employers or other members of the public. Your record can still be seen by law enforcement agencies or by the public if a judge orders that they can see it. Your criminal convictions can be seen if you apply to work at any of the following places:
- A hospital or school
- With or around children
- As a firefighter, police officer, or other public job
- As a driver (your employer may see convictions related to driving or sobriety)