How does one go about getting their criminal record expunged? 54 Answers as of June 10, 2013

How does one go about getting their criminal record expunged? What are the costs? Do I need a lawyer? What will it cost?

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The Law Firm of David Jolly
The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
To expunge a criminal record, or more properly vacate a criminal record, you must comply with the conditions of probation, stay out of trouble (no criminal arrests/charges), and then wait the statutory period. For most crimes that would be a period of 3 years after the conviction. You must then bring a motion to vacate the charge and a motion to seal the charge with the court of origin. Then it is up to the judge.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/27/2011
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
My first advice would be to obtain an attorney to assist you with this matter. You may be eligible to expunge a prior conviction. However, expunging a crime in Michigan is complicated. This response does not contain specific legal advice. If you need specific legal advice for your own circumstances, I recommend consulting with an attorney experienced with these types of matters. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations. Rates vary depending on who you ultimately retain. Speaking in general terms, there are several significant obstacles to getting offenses expunged in Michigan. Expunging a criminal charge is great way of clearing up past mistakes. However, there are a series of obstacles. First, an applicant must only have one, single, count or charge, whether it's a misdemeanor or felony. If a person has more than one conviction on their record, whether it was multiple counts from the original case, or separate convictions, they are not eligible. Second, certain offenses cannot be expunged. Traffic offenses for example, even something as simple as driving on a suspended license, a lot of high level or capital felonies, and other offenses as listed in the applicable statutes, cannot be expunged. It depends on which offense is currently on the person's record. Additionally, even if a person only had one offense, if they had issues with probation, i.e., probation violations or other infractions while serving their sentence, that may be obstacle as well. There is also a time limitation. Any effort to expunge an offense cannot commence until five years after the date of conviction. Lastly, expunging an offense from a criminal record takes time, requires a lot of paperwork, carries some notable costs, and eventually, applicants need to appear before a judge and convince the judge that they are worthy of having the offense expunged in order to complete the process. Please consult with and retain a criminal defense attorney, preferably an experienced one who has handled these matters, to assist you with the process. Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/23/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
The cost depends on what attorney you hire and the facts of your case. You should hire an attorney to try to expunge the conviction.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/12/2011
Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP
Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP | Paul M. Teinert
A misdemeanor expungement can be obtained if the petitioner has paid all fines and restitution for their crime, are not currently being prosecuted for another crime and have successfully completed their probation term. However, you do not necessarily need to have completed all of your probation term. If you have at least 2 of the 3 year probation term (typical probation term is 3 years) completed some judges will allow you to terminate your probation early and get an expungement at the same time. There are law firms that do this very cheaply, around $550, and with a money back guarantee.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/11/2011
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
There needs to be a request filed with the court. It can be done personally by contacting the Dept. of Revenue, but that usually takes 3 - 4 months. We normally charge $1000 and can get it done in 3 weeks. For more info or a free quote call us.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/11/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    First, it depends on what the record is for. Some matters such as OWI cannot be expunged. Second, there can only be one offense. If there are multiple offenses at different times, expungement is not possible. As to whether you need a lawyer, everyone has the right to represent themselves in court. However, to expunge a record requires the filing of a motion with the court and the need for a court hearing. The People in an expungement hearing will be represented by the prosecuting attorney. If you think you can research and understand the procedure, you can certainly represent yourself, but, the court will require that you follow the rules. As for cost, without knowing more, there is no way to anticipate cost. For more information contact us.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/11/2011
    Dearbonn Law Offices
    Dearbonn Law Offices | Ajibola Oluyemisi Oladapo
    You may want to hire a lawyer to expedite the process.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/10/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    It depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/10/2013
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    It depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. They can be very costly. You can always represent yourself, but as a practical matter, yes you do need a lawyer. Cost depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. Our office stands ready to give you a consultation on your particular situation. We would charge $300 / hour for a consultation and estimate it to take 2 hours.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    It depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. They can be very costly. You can always represent yourself, but as a practical matter, yes you do need a lawyer. Cost depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. Our office stands ready to give you a consultation on your particular situation. We would charge $300 / hour for a consultation and estimate it to take 2 hours.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    It depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. They can be very costly. You can always represent yourself, but as a practical matter, yes you do need a lawyer. Cost depends on the nature of the case, severity of the crime, and how long ago the conviction occurred. Our office stands ready to give you a consultation on your particular situation. We would charge $300 / hour for a consultation and estimate it to take 2 hours.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    Sorry, but there are no expungements in NY. There is a certificate of relief from civil disability, but that does not eliminate the criminal record, but it can help somewhat. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Lisa Mulligan Law Offices, LLC
    Lisa Mulligan Law Offices, LLC | Lisa Mulligan
    You can either go through the process of trying to get a conviction expunged by yourself or you can hire an attorney to help you - it just depends on how comfortable you are with doing this kind of thing. There is information about the process online at www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/crimhist.htm. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    An expungement is a court procedure in which the appropriate motions are filed requesting that your criminal records be pulled and deleted. It is not automatic and involves approval by the court and DA and can possibly involve a conflict hearing. For these reasons and the fact that you will need to be sure that the documents and motions are filed properly, it is advisable to have the proceedings handled by an attorney. The cost will be based upon filing fees for the various motions with the court and the amount that your attorney charges to handle the item. You should call an attorney in your area who will be able to quote you a fee including court costs on expungements.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 5/9/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    In this jurisdiction, Mobile, it is a low to no odds proposition. However, you could check the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles website to check on a pardon. They too are rare. The last time I checked, I think it was a less than three percent chance of success according to their own statistics. Not a definite, "no," but not a high hopes kind of deal either. I think getting a lawyer, likely increases your odds, but I have no empirical data to support my opinion. The costs vary from one lawyer to the next. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
    The first thing you have to do is find out whether you were adjudicated guilty or if adjudication was withheld. In order to get a criminal record expunged the Court must have withheld adjudication of guilt. If the Court withheld adjudication, then you have to have a FDLE criminal background check and a Motion to Seal or Expunge your record must be filed. You would be better off if you had a lawyer because it would go smoother. I would charge around $1,000 for my services and you would have to pay for the costs of the FDLE report etc. If you reside in the Tampa Bay area and wish to discuss this matter further, please give me a call and we can schedule a further consultation.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    In order to be eligible for an expungement you can only have one conviction on your record including misdemeanors. All crimes are eligible for expungement except crimes with a possible life sentence and criminal sexual conduct crimes. You must have waited at least five years since the date of your conviction or upon release from prison. There is a lot of paperwork involved and you can go "how to set aside a conviction" and a packet of information should come up which explains everything. If you do the expungement on your own, it should cost you anywhere from $150 to $250 or so depending. If you hire a lawyer, expect a price anywhere from $1,000 on the low end to $1,500 for the average cost. You don't necessarily need a lawyer to do the expungement unless: 1) it makes you feel better to have a lawyer fill out everything and file all the necessary paperwork, or 2) the prosecutor is objecting to your expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Expungement is covered by State Law where you live. If State Law allows it, and the conviction meets the statutory requirements, you may file to have the conviction expunged. Expungement is the sealing of the conviction from public view. The conviction still exists for your history purposes but an employer inquiry will reveal no record. You can prepare the petition and order yourself, if you feel competent, or you can employ an attorney to help you. The costs will vary depending upon the attorney and the place of filing.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    The law in the State of Alabama does not provide for expungement. There is a bill pending in the Alabama legislature that, if passed, may provide some assistance to you.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig | Evan E. Zelig
    Generally to request a case be expunged you do not need an attorney, but it is advisable so that everything can be done properly and in the most efficient manner. It requires the filing of documents with the Court or Court Clerk in the county where the convictions occurred, followed by a court appearance and a hearing regarding the motion and request for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    File a request with the court. The forms can be found online.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Expungements are only allowed by statute where there has been a determination in your favor. That means, ultimately, the charges must have been dismissed. If that occurred, you may erase any and all court or administrative records.

    There are also Judicial expungements. Such an expungement is entirely up to the Judge as to whether it should be granted. This is an important distinction since a Court cannot expunge anything but judicial records with a judicial expungement unless there is an overiding basis that requires the expungement in the interests of justice. The courts have ruled that seeking better employment or promotions would not be a basis to expunge adminstrative records. Administrative agencies generally are the plces where background checks are performed. Criminal records are also maintained by Administrative Agencies such as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. This is an executive agency. As a result, the criminal records, if held by the BCA, would never be expunged in a Judicial expungment. Since you were convicted, a statutory expungement is not possible.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/6/2011
    Bristol & Dubiel LLP
    Bristol & Dubiel LLP | Murray L. Bristol
    You have to file a petition for expungement in the District Court of the County where your case was dismissed without probation or you were no billed or found not guilty by judge or jury.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Unlike Tennessee or other states New York does not have an expungement statute. Unless you have the conviction vacated as improper with a 440.10 motion you will have the conviction forever. That motion is expensive and requires that the conviction was illegal or improper in some way.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Nebraska does not have a very good expungment law, it is very limited and specific as to what can be expunged. If you where convicted you will not be able to get it expunged. A set aside may be the only option on a convicton or a pardon. The cost is what a lawyer may charge you. You could do it on your own if you understand what is required.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    There are forms on the Colorado Judicial website under 'criminal forms'. You can seal records in only two circumstances - (1) when the case was completely dismissed (for example, after a deferred sentence) or (2) if it was a minor drug offense and a certain number of years have passed. The filing fees the court charges are around $250. I believe a lawyer would benefit you as a lawyer will have filed many of these and will get everything write, and notify the correct agencies that may have records etc. However, it is possible to try to do it on your own using the forms on the Colorado Judicial Branch website.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
    Yes you need a lawyer. The court cost in Tennessee is $150.00 The attorney fees vary.
    Answer Applies to: Tennessee
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law
    Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law | Kevin Smith
    You would be wise to hire an attorney to get your record expunged, as the process can be a bit confusing. Essentially, you would be applying to the Board of Pardons for either a provisional pardon (which would mean that, while your criminal record would still be available to law enforcement, it would not be available to employers) or a full pardon. You can apply for a provisional pardon at any time, but you must wait three years from the date of your last misdemeanor conviction, or five years from the date of your last felony conviction, before you can apply for a full pardon. Also, if your pardon request is granted, you would want to follow up with requests to have the records erased by any institution that may have such records on file, like the court or the police department that arrested you. If you hire an attorney, you should expect to pay somewhere between $2,000 and $10,000 depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC | Daniel Hajji
    In Michigan, the statute (law) allows the expungement (set aside) of the record of one criminal conviction only. The statute is MCL 780.621. A petition for expungement of a criminal record may not be filed until five years after the completion of a prison term or imposition of a sentence, whichever occurs later. Upon a petition to the court, the petitioner has the burden of proving to the court that his or her actions and behavior from the date of the conviction until the time of the application are consistent with the goals of protecting public welfare and warrant the expungement of the criminal conviction. The court must make a sufficient analysis of the facts and circumstances in your case and cannot deny your request without explanation as to the basis of the determination.

    While under most circumstances one-time criminal offenders are eligible for expungement, there are certain crimes which are specifically excluded and cannot be expunged, such as convictions where the maximum punishment is life imprisonment or an attempt to commit a felony for which the maximum punishment is life imprisonment may not be expunged by the court. Also, any conviction for CSC 2, CSC 3 or Assault with Intent to Commit CSC may not be expunged.

    The process involves the gathering and drafting of certain documents and court records. An application will be denied unless it contains all of the information required by the court. It is important to have a good misdemeanor or felony crime expungement lawyer to help you understand the process and work quickly and efficiently to obtain all of the necessary documentation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    It is a petition that is filed with the court. The costs to file in L.A. County is $120 per conviction. Each conviction needs to be expunged separately. Depending on the type of charge (misdemeanor or felony) there are different things to consider when petitioning. It is not required that you have an attorney, but I would recommend it. For misdemeanor expungements, I charge $999. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. I also have more detailed info about expungements on my website.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    If you are eligible (if enough time has passed without any more crime) expungement is relatively easy. It is not available for all offenses. It should not cost more than $1000 for a lawyer to do this.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Not all crimes can be expunged. However, assuming yours can, you need to have successfully completed probation to be eligible. If you are, then it something you can do yourself if you want - the clerks have a packet for it in the office. It is obviously easier and cleaner, though, to hire an attorney. I charge a flat $1500.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    As long as you have successfully completed probation, am not currently on probation for anything else, and have no criminal matter(s) currently pending, you are eligible. Contact an attorney to file the petition for you and conduct the expungement hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide you with the best options for possible expungement of criminal records.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    There is no expungement in Alabama. If not in Alabama, talk to a local lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Benari Law Firm
    Benari Law Firm | Arik T. Benari
    You need to first contact an expungement attorney to determine whether your record is even elligible for expungement. Feel free to call my office if your case is in PA.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    You don't have to have a lawyer but it's a good idea. Depending on your situation you can spend anywhere from 2500 to 7500 dollars for effective, competent legal representation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Criminal convictions will not be expunged. See my website under FAQ.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Offices of Ramona Hallam
    Law Offices of Ramona Hallam | Ramona Hallam
    In San Diego the cost is $120 for filing and hundreds for an attorney. Although you can do it yourself, it is always wise to have counsel to represent you. An attorney can avoid certain pitfalls or assure that the correct process is undertaken to advance your interests.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Many felony, misdemeanor and infraction convictions can sometimes 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 and Domestic Violence crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be retroactively reduced to a misdemeanor, if necessary, and then withdrawn and the charges dismissed.

    Expungement does not clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction.

    If youre serious about doing this, and you think you qualify under those rules, feel free to contact me for the legal help you'll need. The cost involves a filing fee to the court and modest/reasonable attorney fees. It isnt hugely expensive. Contact me.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    The Law Offices of Jason Chan
    The Law Offices of Jason Chan | Jason Chan
    Expunging a charge in MA is very difficult. You may want to talk to a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    It depends on the type of case and the details of that case. Your question is very vague so I would recommend hiring an experienced lawyer such as myself. Visit my website for more information and call a qualified attorney to discuss the details of the procedure with you on how to have your criminal record expunged successfully.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    If you only have one offense ever, and it's not a certain kind of crime, you can expunge it. Contact me to discuss.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Mercado & Hartung
    Mercado & Hartung | Stephanie Hartung
    Only certain charges can be expunged and there are time requirements associated with your eligibility as well. Depending on the charge you are looking to get expunged it can get quite complicated, or it can be a simple matter of paperwork. The difficulty will aslo determine what a lawyer will charge. Please give me a call so we can discuss the facts (free of charge) so I can give you a more specific answer.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    An expungement is available for one (non-excluded) offense after 5 years have passed. A Motion is filed in the Court where the offense was concluded.

    The cost includes a possible filing fee, the fee for processing your fingerprints with the State Police, and the attorney fees. Each attorney may charge a different fee, depending on the Court and complications with the case. You will need to contact the attorney who you wish to handle the case for their fee. If interested in an expungement in Wayne Oakland or Macomb, you may contact this office to discuss representation and fees.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    There is no expungement in NY.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    California Criminal Defense Center
    California Criminal Defense Center | Ardalon Fakhimi
    The cost of getting your record expunged depends largely on the seriousness of the case your are trying to expunge. Each lawyer may charge a different fee. Many attorneys charge under $500 for this service unless your matter is complicated. Some attorneys charge considerably more. The filing fees also vary from county to county. Typically, the filing fee ranges from $60 to $250. If you would like to know more information about the costs associated with your case in particular, please contact our office for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick | Karen Kilpatrick
    First step is to make sure you're eligible - you can fill out a free eligibility evaluation here. You don't need an attorney, but I recommend one. It's much easier to get things done correctly the first time - I have seen a lot of people who get help only after the state objects to their petition, the judge denies their petition, or the FDLE declines to issue an eligibility certificate. It's quicker and less expensive to get things right the first go round. Legal fees, for my firm, can be paid in one installment of $547, 3 monthly payments of $187, or 5 monthly payments of $117. To expunge you need to first apply to the FDLE for an eligibility certificate, then petition the court. But you'll have to get the State Attorney to complete part of the FDLE application before you submit and get your disposition notices from the court. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    What county as Atty fees vary. Whoever represented you on your case should do it. For a former client, no charge. For a new client $1500 to $2500 depending on how far I need to travel.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    See RSA 651:5, it sets forth time requirements. You can do itself but if you make a mistake you must wait 3 more years. Fees to New Hampshire are about 450.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/5/2011
    Harris Law Firm, pc
    Harris Law Firm, pc | Robert Harris
    You need to file a petition. There is a filing fee of $250. If you hire an attorney, they will usually charge a few hundred dollars in most cases. Most courts also have a package of paperwork you can do yourself. There are some crimes that cannot be expunged, so before you spend the money, you can see if your crime qualifies for expungement. As to the process, every county is slightly different in how they are processed. The entire process, start to finish, usually takes about 3-4 months. Most of that is waiting for the State to review the petition. Many people prefer to hire a lawyer, in case there are any hiccups in the process. It is an important outcome you're seeking, so if you have the funds, you may want to hire an attorney who knows how to do this. Go to our site if you want more information on our services.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/5/2011
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