What is Sealing/Expunging?
We are frequently contacted by people who would like to seal or expunge their criminal record, for many reasons. Ben has sealed and expunged literally hundreds of records in his career and is very familiar with the process. Here is an overview of how it works.
Sealing: the arrest record is no longer publicly available and MOST entities and employers can’t see it (see below).
Expunction: the arrest record is physically destroyed and no longer exists (except that some agencies can see that something was expunged; see below).
A record of the arrest is destroyed through an expunction, but if one of the below agencies do a background check it will say “there was a record but it was expunged” (but nothing else) – so if you lie about the arrest in one of the below situations described as an “exception”, they will know.