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Expungement Eligibility

When expungement of an arrest or conviction is an option in a state or county, in most instances a person's criminal record must meet certain standards in order to qualify for the process.

Whether or not a person is eligible for expungement will usually depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The amount of time that has passed since the arrest or conviction.
  • The severity and nature of the event for which expungement is sought (i.e. a conviction for a sex offense may lead to a denial of expungement).
  • Events in the applicant's criminal record (including arrests or convictions in all jurisdictions, not just the offender's state/county).
  • The severity and nature of other events in the applicant's criminal record.

Depending on the state and/or county, special eligibility rules might exist for expungement of arrests or convictions that occurred while the offender was a juvenile, and arrests or convictions for sex offenses.

Examples of State-Specific Expungement Guidelines:

To learn more about your eligibility for expungement after an arrest or conviction in your state, contact a Criminal Defense Attorney near you.

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