Expungement of a record means that a criminal record is wiped from the slate. As a result, expungement makes the crime as if it never occurred. By successfully getting an expungement, each law enforcement agency will destroy their records of the crime. Expungement differs from getting a record sealed, which some people confuse the two for. By getting a record sealed, the file will remain intact but can only be released to other law enforcement agencies, so employers and other people cannot get a hold of the record but is not completely erased like an expungement will.

Now with the Internet able to give access to limitless amounts of information, expungement is being sought at a much greater frequency. People are contacting attorneys that specialize in expungement criminal law because of the growing paranoia that a tarnished record will affect their future. Employers have access to criminal records and it can influence the decisions made because of it and expungement can help prevent an otherwise debatable situation.

In some instances, charges that were dismissed can still appear on record to show that the individual is under indictment and expungement can help diminish any confusion about a situation. Although found to be innocent by the law, records can cause suspicion to law enforcement agencies, employers, and anyone else able to access the records if an expungement is not sought. Some states are changing their expungement laws in order to allow for some people to petition for the removal of records, though laws regarding expungement differ from state to state.

In any case, with services on the Internet that now allows a minimal charge to search criminal records, expungement has become almost an obsession for many people afraid of how their records will negatively influence their reputation. For more information on expungement, please contact us to confer with a criminal lawyer specializing in expungements and pardons.