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A criminal conviction on your record can adversely affect your ability to gain employment, rent an apartment or enter the military, among other consequences. You may, however, be able to expunge the record of the conviction without the need to hire an attorney.


Expungement is a legal process whereby a person petitions the court to erase a criminal conviction. Not all states allow criminal records to be expunged and those that do generally limit what convictions qualify for expungement.


State laws may vary some, but in general, when a record is expunged it is either physically destroyed or erased from the public record. The record of the conviction will not show up on background checks done by an employer, potential landlord or other member of the public authorized to request a background check. The record of the conviction may still be accessible to law enforcement, courts or other government agencies.


To expunge a criminal conviction you must petition the court where the conviction was entered. State laws differ on the exact procedure but a judge must ultimately sign the order for expungement. You are not required to hire an attorney to represent you. In some states, all the forms you need are readily available. In some states if you meet the statutory requirements, the judge will automatically sign the order. In other states, you may have to convince the judge you are worthy of the expungement in which case you might want to consider hiring an attorney.
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