When you are arrested you develop a criminal record. Even if the charge was unfounded and is later dropped it remains on your record for life. If you participate in a diversion program to have the charges dismissed the case is still connected to your criminal record and can be seen in background check. Having adjudication withheld means that you can legitimately say that you have never been convicted, but the arrest will always show up on your record.
In order to prevent companies and individuals from being able to see your arrest for charges that were either dropped, dismissed for participation in a diversion program or for which adjudication was withheld, you need to petition to have your record sealed or expunged.
There is a difference between having a criminal history sealed and having it expunged. When a criminal history record is sealed, the public will not have access to it but certain government agencies will still be able to access the entire record. If your record has been expunged, the government agencies that can see a sealed record will be notified that the record is expunged and that they can only access the original record by court order.
Getting a record sealed or expunged can play an important part in your life. Sealing or expunging a record can make the difference between getting and not getting a job, passing security checks for volunteer work with children or the elderly or passing background checks for housing. Because of the implications it is important to have an attorney assist you.
The importance of having your record sealed or expunged cannot be measured. It is so important to do it right. That is why you should use the services of a licensed attorney. Consulting with an attorney for your sealing and expungement needs has multiple advantages. Attorneys like AJ can assess your criminal record and advise you as to whether or not sealing or expungement of your case is even possible. If it is possible AJ can ensure the paperwork is done properly and represent your interest at any of the necessary hearings. He can also ensure the final orders are signed and sent to the proper agencies. So if you are considering sealing or expunging your criminal record contact AJ today.