Cleaning Up Your Criminal Record
“Expungement” is a term used when referring to a process of cleaning up your criminal record. In this process you request that the court reopen your criminal case, withdraw the plea or guilty verdict, dismiss the charges, and re-close the case without a conviction. In effect, you are no longer a convicted person. However, the case record itself will still exist, but the outcome of the case in will no longer be your plea or conviction, but instead dismissed in the “Interests of Justice,” or “IOJ”.
- Not all convictions can be dismissed.
- Expungement is limited to cases in which the defendant convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony that could have been charged as a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to county jail time, probation, a fine, or a combination of those three.
Certain Types of Convictions are exempt from being dismissed:
- Most of these exceptions involve serious vehicle code violations (those that result in two or more points on your driving record).
- Sexual offenses against minors.