With limited exceptions, if you were arrested and/or charged but never convicted of the crime, the records of your arrest, other than basic identification information, can be sealed after a petition is filed. This includes if:
If you entered a plea agreement in another case and this led to the charges being dropped or dismissed, this could raise a complication to expunge your records that are best discussed with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
For many minor offenses, drug crimes, and other particular offenses, expungement is possible. Again, this process requires a motion and court process that is best managed by an experienced attorney because of the complicated laws, rules, and procedures involved.
For example, you generally have to wait a while after the criminal matter was decided or supervised release ended before the motion can even be filed, and this time period depends on the offense:
|Offense||Time to File|
|Petty offense or drug petty offense||1 year|
|Class 2 or 3 misdemeanor or drug misdemeanor||2 years|
|Class 4, 5, 6 felony or level 3 or 4 drug felony or Class 1 misdemeanor or municipal violation||3 years|
|All other offenses sealable||5 years|
|Human trafficking victim||Anytime|