In what way can I get my record expunged? 63 Answers as of June 29, 2013

I was convicted in 1996 for conspiracy to distribute meth. I served my time and completed my supervision with no issues in 2005. I would like to get my record expunged.

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
You may potentially be able to get it expunged. However, it depends on your prior history and the exact charges. I'd recommend you retain a lawyer to assist you with this matter. They'd need to pull a certified copy of your conviction and check your criminal history. Was it a federal or state charge? You meet the time-frame at least since it's been more than five years since the date of your conviction.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/19/2012
The Short Law Group, P.C.
The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine (unless it was within 1000 feet of a school) should have been a Class C Felony. A Class C felony can be expunged with the help of a knowledgeable Expungement Lawyer in your area. Most Class C felonies are eligible for an order Setting Aside, with some limitations either 3 years after conviction if no other convictions, or 10 years if there were additional convictions. The whole process takes 2-3 months for it to be completed, and once done it is as if the crime never occurred. Talk with an Expungement Lawyer with additional questions.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/19/2012
Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
The prosecutor has to agree to an expungement.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 7/11/2012
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
In what way can I get my record expunged?
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/29/2013
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Expungement is not available if you have a conviction. Expungement is used to clear the record of someone who was arrested and not convicted.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/10/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You cannot expunge a felony conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/10/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    If this is you ONLY conviction with a couple of exceptions you have to apply to the court where the conviction took place in order to get it expunged. A lawyer could help you with this process.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/10/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Talk to a local attorney. You have to wait five years without NO other convictions during that time.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    You should be able to expunge both the record of the arrest and the conviction. You should consult with an attorney who can file the proper documents in the court where your conviction was filed.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    An expungement can be very difficult and there is no guarantee that it will be expunged. Since you were convicted, under Minnesota law, you would not qualify for a statutory expungement. However, a judge has inherent authority to issue a judicial expungement if the Judge believes that the interests of justice are outweighed by the interests of the individual. Often, that is a difficult argument to make and would certainly require significant evidence regarding the defendant's rehabilitation, job efforts and resulting employment issues.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Law Offices of Mark L. Smith
    Law Offices of Mark L. Smith | Mark L. Smith
    If the completion of a single felony conviction ended in 2005 you must wait 10 years or until the month in 2015.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    You are eligible as long as you don't have any other felony convictions, and no other misdemeanor convictions although you can have up to two misdemeanor convictions if they are 90 day max's and occurred before age 21.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    If that was your only offense, except for tow minor misdemeanors while your were a minor, you can have your conviction expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Jones Jones & Mosley PA
    Jones Jones & Mosley PA | Bernard Jones
    The felony conviction you described cannot be expunged. You may qualify for a certificate of rehabilitation. You should contact a lawyer and discuss the particulars of your situation in detail.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
    Unfortunately, the only way you could get your record expunged would be if adjudication was withheld. If you were convicted then you were adjudicated guilty and therefore cannot get your record expunged. I know that is not what you wanted to hear but it is what it is. Good Luck to you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Won't happen in Georgia. Georgia does not expunge convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    I am assuming that you were charged with a felony. Usually, you would have to file a motion to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor, if possible, and then have the misdemeanor expunged. I strongly suggest that you contact an experienced criminal law attorney for a face-to-face consultation and give him/her all of the facts surrounding your case. He/she would then be in a better position to analyze you case and advise you of your options.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    Not going happen in Ole Va. Friend. The Socialist Conservatives have seen to that by legislation. You will have to get a Pardon from the Govenor. If he is Democrat, you may have a shot.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Riddell Law LLC
    Riddell Law LLC | Douglas Riddell
    Your record can be expunged through a motion for expungement of your criminal record. Once the Motion is filed to seal your record, a Judge will review your file and determine whether you are eligible for your record to be expunged. Drug distribution is an offense that can prevent employment, and you are doing the right thing by looking to get that charge expunged. You may want to contact an experienced and affordable attorney who can help guide you through the process.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood
    Law Offices of Brian J. Lockwood | Brian J. Lockwoood
    There is no such thing as "expunging" a criminal conviction in Alabama. However, there may be ways to have your record sealed or to fight the situation in which you find yourself. An attorney can help walk you through this situation. I suggest scheduling a consultation with a local attorney with experience in criminal law.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/9/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Convictions are not expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    Everyone with a criminal record would like to get their record expunged. However your charge may not qualify for expungement. The Criminal Clerk at the court where you were convicted could give you more information.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    A person can take action to expunge criminal records without consulting with an attorney. However, it is a complex procedure because of the vast number of reporting agencies which maintain the records. It is advisable to consult with an attorney experienced in sealing records to insure all of the appropriate agencies are notified.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Thomas C. Brandstrader Attorney At Law | Thomas C. Brandstrader
    You cannot get a felony expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Ivy Law Group PLLC
    Ivy Law Group PLLC | Ruth Emily Vogel
    You can contact the court of the sentencing judge and petition for the expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Google CA Penal COde 1203.4 which lays out expungement. Most court clerks have a form for this. Pretty simple. Check to see if it was a "wobbler" (a crime that could be charged either as a misdemeanor or felony as if it was and you were convicted of a felony you can also use P. C. 17(b) to first get it reduced to a misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
    Law Office of Michael E. Dailey | Michael E. Dailey
    Not yet possible in Mo. but there is new legislation moving in the direction of the Governor that is expected to pass this year that will provide methods for expungment for certain convictions. Watch for news reports to see if it passes. Until it is singed into law, changes can be made to the provisions so it is not possible to give the details of the procedure yet. Best guess is that 10 years off supervision will be required before the process can begin but we will have to see.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    If you have only one criminal conviction, it is not a specific conviction that is precluded from being expunged and 5 years have passed since you completed all the terms of your sentence, then you are eligible to apply to have the conviction expunged. You should consult an attorney to verify if your conviction qualifies and on the procedures to have it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Fabian & Associates, Inc.
    Fabian & Associates, Inc. | Stephen G. Fabian, Jr.
    It depends on your history, current charges, or pending charges, and the jurisdiction of the charges.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    The Rogers Law Firm
    The Rogers Law Firm | Andrea Storey Rogers
    Sorry, but you can't get this expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    You have to petition the Superior Court where you were convicted. This is usually not very expensive.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    The Umansky Law Firm
    The Umansky Law Firm | William D. Umansky
    If you were convicted you can't expunge your record.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    In colorado, you cannot get adult records expunged. but, in some cases they can be sealed from public view. Some drug convictions can be sealed, but they are usually low level possession or use convictions, not distribution or manufacturing. There is information on this subject on the colorado supreme court website.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    If you went to prison, you can't get an "expungement" under PC 1203.4, but you are probably eligible to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    While the general rule is Records are forever, 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' or erase the conviction, but does change the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. It doesn't disappear. The conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense. It still shows on your record that is accessible to government agencies, law enforcement, courts, background checks, insurance companies, etc. Expungement specifically does NOT restore firearms rights lost due to felony conviction. Expungement will help in obtaining and keeping 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: 7/6/2012
    Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Mike Edwards
    Go to the Bureau of Criminal Identification, and apply for a certificate of eligibility for expungement. If you qualify, they will provide that to you. Once you have that, you can either hire an attorney to complete the paperwork for you, or you can try to do it yourself. The crucial first step is to get that certificate of eligibility. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    New York State does not have an expungement statute. Once you are convicted the record of that arrest and criminal conviction will never be erased and employers, schools, and anyone else who does a search will be able to see everything you have been convicted of. This is only fair since employers are liable for their employees actions and can be sued for millions of dollars. Schools and organizations must protect their students, employees, and are entitled to know if an applicant is a pedophile, burglar, drug dealer, drunk driver, or violent offender. If you are having trouble getting a job you should study hard and get a trade or skill and possible start your own business. Plumbers and electricians make a fortune are will not have to worry about convictions, recession, or lay-offs. They can open their own business and hire others to do the work. Internet businesses make millions and can be run from your apartment with just a computer. Most people who are hurting for money have simply not been shown how to start their own business and let others work for them. You don't want a job paying $35,000 a year, you want to stat a home business with low overhead and internet marketing that makes $335,000 a year. Knowledge and hard work are the keys to success, don't settle for less than you are capable of getting in life.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    Alabama does not have a statute permitting a record to be expunged. Every legislative session, someone proposes the legislation, and the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association supports the legislation, and every session the senate or house or both refuse to pass it. If you want your record expunged, talk to your state senators and representatives and encourage them to vote for the legislation the next time it comes up for a vote.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    Each county has a different procedure and it can be done with or without an attorney. Sometimes you are entitled to an expungement; sometimes it is discretionary with the judge. If you completed probation successfully you are entitled to one for a felony drug offense. An attorney could help too. He or she would likely seek the route of a formal motion before the court which also could be done much sooner than the administrative way. Costs vary with attorney to attorney. In such things where the lawyer makes a difference you get what you pay for. After you obtain an expungement there is a further procedure that an attorney can tell you about.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    California does not have a true "expungement" law like some states. What we have is a dismissal under Penal Code section 1203.4 - it's commonly called an expungement. If granted, it doesn't take the conviction off your record, but it adds a notation that the case was subsequently dismissed. That would allow you to tell most private employers that you have not been convicted of the crime, but it still counts as a prior and can be seen on a full background check. The only restriction on getting a felony dismissed is if you went to state prison. If you were sentenced to prison (even a suspended prison sentence), you cannot get a dismissal under PC 1203.4.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    The expungement statute prohibits expunging a conviction for that. You would have to persuade a court to grant a petition for coram nobis, first. You might net be able to meet the burden of proof, if sufficient records no longer exist.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Bernstein & Bernstein, LLC | Lowell E Bernstein
    Expungement generally would not be an option unless you pled to a lesser charge and/or pled pursuant to specific provisions of the Youthful Offender Act. Pardon may be a possibility.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Ronald Aronds, LLC
    Law Office of Ronald Aronds, LLC | Ronald Aronds
    You have to wait ten years after your sentence is completed before you can apply for an expungement unless you can show some form of hardship reason for doing it earlier. Even then you have to wait five years.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    If there was a weapon involved, you are probably out of luck. I would have to see your criminal history and your probation records to more effectively advise you. Assuming that this conviction is subject to expungement, there must be at minimum 5 years passage of time since being released from probation, during which time you have had no criminal incidents ANYWHERE, including other states. Mt advice: retain an attorney to help you who can review your record and files.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You first need to get the conviction vacated.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    There is no provision in Missouri law to do that. Only with a DWI.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    Idaho does not allow expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    You can file for penal code section 120 3. 4 rellief, but that does not expunge your record. It dismisses the case for successful completion of probation, but people can still find the file and see that you plead guilty and completed probation, but were allowed to withdraw your plea because you completed probation. You must still tell all licensing boards, state, federa, county or city governments about the case and background checks can still find the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    If that was your sole felony, you have completed your time and supervision, paid all costs and restitution then expunging your record at this point should be possible.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    In Nebraska you may either apply for a pardon or a set aside.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P,.
    Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P,. | Jason P. Kutulakis
    You can turn 70 or be dead for 3 years. You could apply for a pardon however. You should retain an attorney to develop an opinion.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    The O'Hanlon Law Firm, P.C. | Stephen O'Hanlon
    You cannot expunge a conviction of that nature but you can seek a pardon from the governor but it is a lengthy process and you must not have committed any other offenses of even a moderately serious nature since your prior conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Lawsmith, The Law Office of J. Scott Smith
    Lawsmith, The Law Office of J. Scott Smith | J. Scott Smith
    If you were convicted or pleaded guilty, generally you can't get an expunction or expungment. See N.C.G.S. 15A-145 and 15A-146 and the surrounding statutes. Contact a local criminal defense lawyer for help.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC | Matthew R. Kober
    Expungement is based on eligiblity. Eligibility depends on a variety of factors, including they level of offense, how long ago was it, how many other offenses do you have on your record, etc. It is a complex analysis. You should contact a utah expungement attorney who will be able to tell you whether you are eligible. There are also some ways to help become eligible if you are not right now. However, generally speaking, assuming you don't have other offenses that would disqualify you, a 3rd degree felony has a 7 year waiting period (but that could be reduced down to a Class B Misdemeanor that only have a 4 year waiting period).
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Law Office of Ronald G. Draper | Ronald G. Draper
    You can not expunge a felony.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP
    Rhoades & Miller, LLP | M. Jason Rhoades
    Georgia law does not allow for expugement of convictions. Sorry.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Kevin Little
    Kevin Little | Kevin Little
    Penal Code 1203.4 provides a procedure for expunging convictions after a successful completion of sentence probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    Go to sheriff website and follow directions.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/6/2012
    Castro, Rivera & Associates | Sandra Rivera
    There are certain factors that need to be addressed first. In your case however, you may only qualify to have it sealed as opposed to having it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/6/2012
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