what is expungement or sealing of records?

Expungement and sealing of criminal records are legal processes that offer individuals the opportunity to limit public access to their criminal records or have them completely removed from public view. While the specific procedures and eligibility requirements may vary by jurisdiction, here is a general overview:


Expungement refers to the complete erasure or deletion of a criminal record as if it never existed. If your criminal record is expunged, it is typically sealed from public view, and in some cases, even law enforcement agencies will no longer have access to it. Expungement is usually available for individuals who meet certain criteria, such as having completed a diversion program, having a minor offense, or being wrongfully arrested.

Sealing of Records:

Sealing records is a process that restricts public access to certain criminal records. When a record is sealed, it remains in existence, but it is generally not accessible to the general public or potential employers during routine background checks. Sealing is commonly available for individuals who meet specific requirements, such as completing probation or meeting a waiting period after the conviction.

The availability and specific eligibility criteria for expungement and sealing of records vary by jurisdiction and the nature of the offense. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential to determine if you are eligible for expungement or sealing and to guide you through the process.

At The Vargas Law Firm, our skilled attorneys can assess your eligibility for expungement or sealing and provide guidance based on the laws in your jurisdiction. We understand the importance of a clean record for employment, housing, and other opportunities, and we will work diligently to help you pursue expungement or sealing if you meet the criteria.