Sealing Of Criminal Records: Expungement Explained

Whenever a citizen commits a crime or a felony, no matter how large or how small, the government keeps a record of what transpired during its occurrence. It also doesn’t matter if the person was acquitted or if the case was dismissed, there will still be a file about the charges. Those records are government property, and they are available to the general public. That means that if someone wants to do a background check, then they can get those files with very little effort.

                         Image source:

To prevent ordinary people from viewing one’s legal files, a person can ask the court for an expungement. This means that the criminal records of a resident will be sealed or destroyed so that no one will be able to see them. Needless to say, there are multiple benefits that this can provide to a person with a record.

During the job application process, there is a section in the form where it asks the applicant if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime. This will put them in a very precarious situation, even if the crime committed was just very minor. They could lie by saying no and violate the law once again, or they could answer truthfully and risk not getting the job. With an expunged record, citizens can answer no with confidence. Furthermore, when a person is applying for a loan, agencies are likely to think that a person who has a record will be unable to pay it off. An expungement will help considerably to acquire a loan with ease.

             Image source:

Ann S. Sheeley possesses over 25 years of experience as a civil litigation attorney. She has managed hundreds of cases during her career, overseeing them from initial client contact through arbitration and trial proceedings. To seek her help, click here.