We all worry about what could end up on our permanent record. A criminal conviction can remain on your record indefinitely, making it hard to find a job, get into college, or adopt a child. Fortunately, many people who have been arrested or convicted of a crime may be able to obtain a fresh start by way of expungement. Expungement is the legal process through which an arrest or conviction may be erased from a person's criminal record. While law enforcement officials may always have access to your criminal history, expungement can keep your record clean in the eyes of employers, schools, and the general public. FindLaw's expungement section provides an overview of expungement laws and the procedure involved in having a conviction expunged.