How crime convictions get removed from the record
People who have pled guilty to or been convicted of a crime can request to have that information removed from their criminal record.
- The legal term for making the request is "petitioning".
- The legal term for removing the information from the record is "expungement".
- People petition for expungement for many reasons. It is often because their criminal background makes it hard for them to get:
- A job
- A professional license
- A petition for expungement is a request. There is no guarantee the request will be granted.