In the common law legal system, an expungement proceeding is a type of lawsuit in which a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks that the records of that earlier process be sealed, thereby making the records unavailable through the state or Federal repositories. If successful, the records are said to be "expunged". Black's Law Dictionary defines "expungement of record" as the "Process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from the state or Federal repository." While expungement deals with an underlying criminal record, it is a civil action in which the subject is the petitioner or plaintiff asking a court to declare that the records be expunged.
Posts about Expungement
  • Expungement: Removing Crimes from Public Records

    … Criminal charges and convictions tend to follow individuals long after the case and sentencing period end. A criminal record can affect job prospects, a professional reputation, and personal relationships. Certain charged and convicted criminals can petition for the expunction of felony and misdemeanor arrests. HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 24 readers -
  • FINRA Sets Proposal to Temper Expungement in Motion

    … FINRA Sets Proposal to Temper Expungement in Motion Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:06 PM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: FINRA voted to move ahead with new regulatory initiatives for broker-dealers. One of which would amend codes of arbitration with the goal of making it tougher for brokers to erase black…

    Eccleston Law Offices- 13 readers -
  • What to Expect at an Expuction Hearing

    … “no” when asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime. The Expunction Process The first step in the process is to determine whether or not an individual is eligible for one. Section 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure deals with the expunction of criminal records, which is only allowed if certain conditions are met. Only misdemeanor crimes…

    Law Office of James Alston- 37 readers -
  • 4 Benefits of Having Your Record Expunged In Illinois

    … People are often surprised to learn just how many seemingly law-abiding and productive members of society have a criminal record of some sort. Perhaps a college prank resulted in a trespassing charge, one too many at the bar resulted in a DUI1, or some youthful experimentation with marijuana got you into some trouble. While these and other…

    criminaldefenseattorneyinchicago.com- 16 readers -