What is an expungement?

An expungement reopens your criminal case, dismisses and sets aside the conviction, and re-closes the case without a conviction. In effect, you are no longer a convicted person. However, the case record itself will still exist, and the expungement will appear on your record.


Why would you want an expungement?

It can be difficult to get a job with a conviction on your record. Many employers must carry insurance on their employees, and insurance companies often refuse to insure employees with convictions.


Can I apply for an expungement if I still owe money for fines, fees, or restitution?

No. The court will not grant an expungement until your sentence is complete, which includes full payment. When you apply for an expungement, the probation department will provide information to the court about your compliance with paying any fines, fees, or restitution you've been ordered to pay. If you still owe money, the probation department will report that you are noncompliant with your sentence, and your request for expungement will be denied.

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