When you have certain violations on your criminal record, you may find that interferes with many areas of your life. You may have a hard time finding a job or a place to live, for example, or you may find that it hinders your ability to spend time with your children.
Depending on the criminal conviction you have, among other variables, you may be able to pursue an expunction of your criminal record. An expunction means that a court order mandates the destruction of your criminal record so that it no longer impacts your life in a negative manner. While some exceptions exist, you may be eligible for a record expunction if your conviction or charge falls into one of the following three categories.
A first-time conviction for a non-violent offense
If you have an otherwise clean criminal record and you receive a conviction for a violation that is non-violent in nature, you may be eligible for a record expunction.
A first-time conviction while you were under 18/22
You may also be eligible for a record expunction if you received a conviction for certain offenses while you were under the age of either 18 or 22. The maximum age you could be when you received your conviction depends on the charge you faced.
A charge that undergoes dismissal or ends in a not guilty verdict
You may find that you qualify for a record expunction if you had charges filed against you but those charges underwent dismissal. The same holds true if you faced a criminal charge but the charge resulted in a not guilty verdict.