What is the difference between expungement and sealing?
If a record is expunged, the record is destroyed.
- You may be able to expunge if the final result in your case was dismissal, no prosecution (nolo prossed), letter of release, or verdict of “not guilty.”
- You cannot expunge a record if the final result was “adjudication withheld.”
If a record is sealed, the record is made confidential but is not destroyed.
- You cannot seal a record if you were convicted of a dangerous crime and received “adjudication withheld.”
For both expungement and sealing:
- Your record will not show up if most people or agencies try to view your criminal record.
- You can deny that you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, except under certain circumstances.
- You can also deny to your local Housing Authority, apartment complexes, many employers, and more.