Can I Get a Felony Expunged

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Can I Get a Felony Expunged?

Most people who are convicted of a felony assume that once they have paid their debt to society that they will be able to move on with their lives. However, with a criminal record in tow, many ex-offenders find getting a job, qualifying for a loan, or being approved for a place to live can be extremely difficult. That’s why getting a felony conviction expunged or sealed is so important: it gives you a chance to take control over your life and once again become a productive member of society.

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What Is A Felony?

A felony is, essentially, another word for a very serious offense (as opposed to a misdemeanor, which is usually a more minor offense). While each state defines felonies differently, in most cases a felony is subject to imprisonment of at least a year. Furthermore, while not all felonies are for violent or sexual crimes, all violent and sexual crimes are considered felonies. Also, repeat misdemeanor convictions can count as a felony, such as a repeat DUI in many states. In Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Oklahoma, for example, just a second DUI is considered a felony.

How Can I Get A Felony Expunged?

Again, getting a felony expunged depends on the state you were convicted in. Some states don’t allow for expungement, while others, such as California, have a variety of ways you can get your record expunged. In states that do allow for expungement, you will usually need to have gone through a certain amount of time without another arrest and/or conviction. Furthermore, getting a rape, child pornography, or violent crime conviction expunged is almost impossible no matter where you live. Some states make it easier to expunge convictions for juvenile offenders or for convictions where there may have been extenuating circumstances involved. In New York, for example, women who were convicted of prostitution can have those convictions vacated if the offenses were a result of the woman having been forced into sex trafficking.

Felony vs. Other Criminal Records

Felonies aren’t the only items that appear on your criminal record. Your criminal record may include things you have completely forgotten about or are unaware of, such as arrest warrants and minor convictions, including for some traffic violations. Misdemeanors will also appear on your criminal record as will juvenile offenses. However, in some states juvenile offenses are either easily expunged or they are not viewable to the public (only by police and other authorized officials). You can find your felony criminal record online for free through a third-party database, including SearchQuarry.com.

Can Felony Records Be Sealed?

Expungement essentially means that the conviction is erased from your record entirely, which is why it is so difficult and sometimes impossible to achieve in so many states. A better option may be sealing. Sealing means that the conviction stays on your criminal record, but that it is not viewable by most members of the public. So, for example, if you are applying for a job that requires a background check, your potential employer will not be able to see any convictions that have been sealed. On the other hand, police officers and often judges will be able to see them, meaning that if you run into trouble with the law again, your previous convictions could have a bearing on any new sentence you receive.

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13 responses to “Can I Get a Felony Expunged

  1. I had no violent felonies in New Jersey about 10 years I haven’t been in trouble since I own a home I work IAM a person who gives back to the community please let me know what I can do

  2. I have a felony on my record from early 2000 and I need to have it taken off to get the job I have worked so hard for.I was told my case was in Diversion which I thought meant once I completed my probation it would be taken off my record.please help me.I deserve this job and this felony happened over 15 years ago.my name is John Terry.9012169644.please help me.I deserve better

    1. We understand your concern with getting your felony expunged however, this is a matter that you will need to contact your county courthouse where this felony conviction took place. We do not have an affiliation with the courts so you will want to contact the courthouse clerk and give them the same information you provide here.

      How to Remove a Felony

      1. Get your record sealed by a judge
      2. Get a Certificate of Rehabilitation
      3. Get a certificate of Innocence
      4. Get your record Expunged
      5. Get a Pardon

  3. Hi,
    I’m from TN and caught my charge there. Class e felony massage without a license a BS charge if you ask me.
    The laws seem much stricter in AZ. I got it expunged in TN but will that uphold here in AZ since they only “set aside?”
    Thanks

    1. If your felony was expunged it sounds like it should uphold in Arizona but you will need to verify this with the relevant courts in Arizona. We do not have an affiliation with any state or federal government agency so you will want to contact them directly

  4. My only felony conviction was in 2002. I have all my rights back but my gun rights. Getting this felony expunged would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Your best bet to find out if you can get your felony expunged is to go through the courts where your felony conviction was issued. If you contact the courthouse clerk and make this inquiry they can direct you to the correct venue to file to have your felony expunged.

  5. My name is Ronnie L Pendleton trying to get my record expunged. I have a non violence change in Mississippi. The change was in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

  6. I got a felony drug charge when I was 15 I\’m 26 now could I get it removed. I\’m from fulksrun VA.

    1. To get a felony expunged in the state of Virginia it really depends on the nature of the felony and if you’ve paid the fines and fees associated with the felony and if you’ve served the required amount of jail time, fulfilled the community service requirements and are no longer on probation. Your best option would be to contact the county courthouse clerk where you were tried and sentenced and request an expungement of your felony. They will be able to better assist you with getting a felony removed from your criminal record.

Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: November 28, 2017

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