How can I expunge my arrest record? 37 Answers as of May 28, 2013

Arrested in 2008 for intent to distribute narcotics. Charge was reduced to misdemeanor offense possession of marijuana less than an oz.

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Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
One cannot expunge a Misdemeanor Conviction. You'd need a Governor's Pardon.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 9/14/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
At this time there is no expungement law in the State of Alabama. There has been an expungement bill pending in the state legislature but it has not passed.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/14/2012
Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
You probably can't. The court clerk can give you more details.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 9/14/2012
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Did you get a deferred adjudication? If so you can petition to non-disclose the case. If you were actually convicted, you cannot expunge the record.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 9/14/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
You cannot begin expungement proceedings until at least five years have past from the date of conviction.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/14/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If you were convicted of the offense, be it a misdemeanor or felony, you cannot expunge it, unless you got a special sentence with a condition that the charge would be dismissed after a period of probation or supervision. ?See the Clerk of Court in the county where the offense was heard to see if you qualify for an expungement or seal of your record.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD
    Mace J. Yampolsky, LTD | Mace Yampolsky
    File a motion to seal.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Arrests are not expunged, convictions are. If you mean that you entered a plea bargain to reduced charges, you may expunge that. Some CA convictions can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but ONLY IF there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed sexual crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. Sounds like yours may qualify. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does NOT clear , 'remove', erase or disappear the conviction, but does change the record to show an arrest with 'conviction reversed and charges dismissed by expungement'. The conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offenses. Expungement does not restore firearm rights lost because of felony conviction or domestic violence restraining orders. That record is accessible to government agencies, law enforcement, courts, background checks, insurance companies, etc. Expungement will help in obtaining employment. When applying for a job in the private sector, in response to any question concerning your prior criminal record, you may legally deny that you were arrested or convicted of the offense.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/18/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    There is no expungement in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Based simply on what you have told me, it is not possible.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Office of Ronald G. Draper | Ronald G. Draper
    Depending on when the case ended,you have a two year waiting period before filing for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    No expungement: I am sorry to be the one to tell you that there is no expungement in the State of New York.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You cannot get a conviction expunged. You could request a set aside of the offense.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    You first get the records sealed. In order to do so you cannot have been convicted, adjudication must have been withheld. In addition you need a certificate of eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This will cost $75. And if you can get an attorney to do the sealing for less than $750, you will be doing well.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Convictions will not be expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Assuming its your only conviction ever, you are eligible in 2013 on the date your were sentenced.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Offices of Eric J. Bell | Eric J. Bell
    It depends what your sentence was for the misdemeanor. If you received a sentence of supervision (and you have no other convictions) then you can probably expunge it.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Randall M. England, Attorney at Law
    Randall M. England, Attorney at Law | Randall M. England
    In Missouri, there is no provision for expunging a drug arrest that later resulted in a misdemeanor guilty plea or verdict.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Check with a lawyer in your area familiar with the procedure and whether you can seal it - it will depend on exactly when in 2008 the case was. Or go to the Colorado State Judicial website, find the "forms" pull down menu, look under "criminal" and then find the forms for sealing convictions. Only drug offenses in a certain time period, and after a certain waiting period, can be sealed. The forms and instructions are all there.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    In California, there is no expungement. You can petition the court for a finding of factual innocence, which results in the arrest being sealed. However, you would have to be able to convince the court that you should not have been arrested. In other words, you'd have to convince the court that no reasonable police officer would have arrested you. This is probably going to be impossible if you were in possession of marijuana. If you are serious about exploring this option, you should consult with a local criminal defense lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    New York State does not have an expungment statute because the legislature wants employers and schools to know what a person has done in the past before they associate with them. That seems fair since they will be liable for monetary damages if that person commits a crime or a civil tort against someone. They are entitled to know if a person is a rapist, drug dealer, thief, drunk driver, or has committed a crime involving "moral turpitude". Other states allow certain criminals to have their record expunged after a certain period of time. You will never be able to remove the criminal record, but you can start your own business or get the skills to do many jobs with a misdemeanor marijuana conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    Cannot do in Alabama.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    You should contact an experienced NH criminal defense attorney to review your conviction in order to determine whether or not you are eligible for a petition to annul (or commonly known as an expungement).
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You can only expunge a conviction, not the arrest itself.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/28/2013
    Law Office of Charles J. Block
    Law Office of Charles J. Block | Charles J. Block
    You have to wait 5-years from the time you paid off you fine and completed any probation or community service - whichever is the latest date.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Barbara Fontaine, Esquire | Barbara Fontaine
    In Rhode Island, you may apply for expungement of a misdemeanor after 5 years from the date of completion of your sentence ( includes probation) and you have no other criminal charges on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
    In Alabama, there is the pardon process. During the pardon process, voting rights and gun rights which are normally called political and civil rights are restored.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    Alabama does not have an expungement statute, so there's no way to do that here. Every legislative session, some legislator proposes an expungement statute, and every legislative session, the legislators vote it down. Ask your state senators and state representatives to vote for the expungement bill the next time it is introduced.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P,.
    Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P,. | Jason P. Kutulakis
    There is a process where papers are filed, etc. You should call the attorney who defended you in 2008. Depending when the conviction occurred, you may have to wait.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 9/13/2012
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    NY State does not expunge so if this was a state case you can't.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/13/2012
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