I CAN'T GET A JOB BECAUSE I HAVE A RECORD
“How do I get this off my record?” is a common question. But unfortunately, with a few rare exceptions, if you’ve been convicted, you can’t.
This surprises a lot of people, but the reality is, society wants to have a record of those convicted of crimes.
However, if your case is dismissed, placed on a stet docket, or you received an acquittal or probation before judgment, then you may be eligible to have your record expunged.
What Convictions Can Be Expunged?
There are also select offenses that are eligible for expungement, such as the following:
- Public urination
- Open container
- Passed out in a public park
- Hopping a bus
- Vagrancy or loitering.
If an offense on your record is eligible for expungement, you may file a petition if at least three years have passed since the conviction or satisfactory completion of probation (whichever happens later) and, so long as since the date of conviction, you have not been convicted of any crime, other than a minor traffic violation, and are not currently a defendant in a pending trial