What is the Difference between Sealing and Expunging a
Criminal Record:

A sealed record means that the criminal record is not visible to the general public (including employers doing background searches), but it is still visible to law enforcement. 

An expunged record means that the criminal record is destroyed and neither the general public (including employers), nor law enforcement, can view this record.  It is essentially gone.

Criteria to Seal A Criminal Record:

 

To seal a criminal record, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You plead guilty or no contest to the criminal charge, and
  2. You received a withhold of adjudication, and
  3. You have never been adjudicated guilty (for adults) or adjudicated delinquent (for juveniles) for any other crime, and
  4. You have never had your record sealed previously.

Please note that as a general rule, sex offenses that require the person to register as a sexual offender or a sexual predator cannot be sealed.

Criteria to Expunge A Criminal Record:
 

To expunge a criminal record, you must meet all of the following criteria:

1.  The charges were dismissed, and

2.  You have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime.

Contact The Haba Law Firm:

If you would like to seal or expunge your record, please call the attorneys at The Haba Law Firm for help.