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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. This section provides an overview of expungement laws and the procedure involved in having a conviction expunged. You’ll find articles and information on the types of crimes that may be expunged, state-specific expungement procedures, and how to find an attorney to help you with the process.