Keeping Your Record Clean - The Importance of Expungement
criminal case is over, you may be eligible to have your record expunged. Today, employers,
colleges, and anyone with an internet connection can look up your court
records on the
court system's case search website. Depending upon the outcome of your case, you can apply to the court to
have all records of your criminal case expunged. Generally you are eligible
to have your record expunged if you were found not guilty, if the state
dismissed the charges against you, if your case was marked stet, or if
you received probation before judgment for an offense other than
When a case is expunged, the court, the police, and the state's attorney
are ordered to destroy their file and the electronic versions of the record
removed from the internet.
Expungement of Charges Included in Fee for Representation in All Cases
Other lawyers charge separately to expunge your record, but our office
provides expungements for every eligible criminal case we handle at no
additional charge. Other than the filing fee charged by the court (currently
$30), you will pay nothing extra to have your case expunged, if eligible.
If you have a prior criminal case that did not result in a conviction,
or if you were convicted of certain
"nuisance" offenses, you may be eligible to have your record expunged, so long as you're
not currently facing charges.
You Can't Be Required to Disclose Expunged Charges to Employers or Schools
According to Section 10-109 of the Criminal Procedure Article:
Disclosure of expunged information about criminal charges in an application,
interview, or other means may not be required by an employer or educational
institution of a person who applies for employment or admission; or by
a unit, official, or employee of the State or a political subdivision
of the State of a person who applies for a license, permit, registration,
or governmental service.
A person need not refer to or give information concerning an expunged charge
when answering a question concerning a criminal charge that did not result
in a conviction or a conviction that the Governor pardoned.
Refusal by a person to disclose information about criminal charges or civil
citations that have been expunged may not be the sole reason for an employer
to discharge or refuse to hire the person; or a unit, official, or employee
of the State or a political subdivision of the State to deny the person's
Call our firm at (410) 657-5775 or fill out our
free evaluation for information about getting your case expunged.