SEALING AND EXPUNGING STUDENTS' CRIMINAL RECORDS
Protecting your future and your reputation is our number one priority. No matter how many years go by since your conviction, the conviction will remain on your record unless you go through the expungement or sealing process. There is no automatic "drop off" period, as commonly thought.
Expungements are available for offenses that were committed during your time as a juvenile. Expungement means the record of adjudication is actually destroyed. Expunged records should not come back to haunt you.
If you were convicted of a criminal offense after you turned 18, these convictions can be sealed in some cases. Sealing means your conviction is not available for the public to see, but can be accessed under certain circumstances by courts, law enforcement, and certain employers. For charges that have been dismissed, we strongly recommend that our clients apply to have them sealed. This can be done immediately following a dismissal.
There are strict rules and procedures in place for this area of law. This means we can typically conduct an initial assessment to determine whether you would qualify to have a conviction sealed before we file an application for sealing. If we decide to proceed, we can often obtain expungements and sealing of records without you being present. This means that, most often, our clients do not need to attend court at all.
Even if you do not qualify to have a conviction sealed, you may qualify for a Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE), which may help with securing employment following a conviction.