Expungement is a state-by-state issue. Depending on what state you are in, there are different policies and procedures that determine whether your criminal background can be expunged. State laws will also determine what it means to have something expunged, and whether and to what extent information about your criminal background can be reported by background check companies.
Criminal History Expungement Resources
There are a variety of good resources online that provide state-by-state information on what kinds of expungements are available, and what aspects of someone’s criminal background are eligible for expungement.
Expungement and Criminal Records: State-Specific Information. http://criminal.findlaw.com/expungement/expungement-and-criminal-records-state-specific-information.htmlExpungement. https://epic.org/privacy/expungement/#federal
50-state guide to expungement and sealing laws. http://ccresourcecenter.org/2016/01/13/expungement-and-sealing-laws/
Jurisdiction Profiles. https://www.nacdl.org/ResourceCenter.aspx?id=25091
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