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How long do you have to wait to seal your record?
Since the timing of the process varies from state to state and by case, a general estimate of the time it takes to have a criminal record expunged can be anywhere from 2-6 months.
When can I seal my criminal record?
Is there a deadline for moving to seal my California arrest record? Under prior California Penal Code 851.8 people had just two years from the later of their arrest or the filing of charges to petition to seal their arrest record.
How much does it cost to seal your record?
Typical costs: Hiring an attorney to handle an expungement starts around $400-$1,000 for a single criminal charge but can run $1,000-$4,000 or more depending on the number and nature (misdemeanor or felony) of the charges, prevailing local legal rates and the status and experience of the attorney.
How do you get your record sealed?
State laws vary tremendously as to which conviction and arrest records can be expunged. See the articles below for details on the rules in your state, and on how to begin the expungement process. If you are interested in sealing a juvenile record, refer to our article, Expunging or Sealing a Juvenile Court Record.
Can I expunge my record myself?
File a petition for expungement. Once you've determined that you're eligible, file a petition with the courthouse. You'll have to pay a fee, and you'll have to wait for the court to process your paperwork. In some states, you'll receive a hearing date on which you'll meet with a judge to have your record expunged.
Can a sealed record be used against you?
While you may truthfully testify under oath that you have never been convicted of a crime when your record has in fact been expunged, the government still maintains evidence of your conviction and may use it against you in the narrow and specific circumstances allowed by state law, such as the situations described
Do I have to disclose a sealed record?
An expungement ordinarily means that an arrest or convictions "sealed," or erased from a person's criminal record for most purposes. After the expungement process is complete, an arrest or a criminal conviction ordinarily does not need to be disclosed by the person who was arrested or convicted.
Do sealed records show up on background checks?
Sealed records are technically still there, but they are no longer part of the public record and can only be accessed and reviewed by way of a formal court order. Expunged and sealed records can sometimes show up on criminal background checks.
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