SEAL CRIMINAL RECORDS - Online Expungement Information

You can seal criminal records and erase mistakes that can get in the way of living a normal life. Also, prevent your record from showing up on a police officer’s computer screen when you get pulled over.

If you have been arrested and accused of a crime that was dismissed or charges were later reduced, the arrest and original charges will still show on your criminal record.

Your civil and criminal record can significantly lower your chances of:

  • renting a house,
  • getting a job,
  • a loan,
  • student aid,
  • gain admission to college or university,
  • get licenses
  • and other consequences.

An arrest record or criminal record becomes your SCOPE or criminal history and is available to the public and in some cases it can be found on the Internet.

In most states, when you get your criminal record sealed you gain the legal right to answer NO on a job application, for example, and deny that you were ever arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime.

A sealed record can be unsealed by a court order, but it can not be accessed by the public through a background check.

An expungement of criminal record means that the record is completely destroyed and can no longer be accessed.

When done properly, a seal or expungement of records takes a minimum of 3-6 months. Some more complex cases require a longer period.

Criminal defense attorneys in your state can help you seal, clear, erase or expunge you criminal record history.


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