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Who can get an expungement?

If you have a criminal conviction in Virginia, then you probably know how it can affect the many areas of your life. You could be unable to get certain jobs. It could keep you from renting from some landlords. It also could even make it difficult for you to volunteer at your child's school. To clear your record and remove that past conviction, you have to qualify for an expungement.

According to the Supreme Court of Virginia, in order to have your record expunged, you have to meet certain criteria. There are only three instances in which can qualify. You can qualify if you received a pardon, if the charge was dismissed or if you were acquitted.

If any of these are true in your situation, you would then file a petition for expungement. To do this, you must have specific information about your case and copies of legal documents pertaining to your case. This includes knowing your case number and having a copy of your fingerprints. Not having all the required information could delay your case or get your request thrown out.

If you do not meet one of the three conditions for getting your record expunged, then you cannot file a petition. The stance of the state is that records are only expunged for those who did not actually commit the crime for which they were convicted. It is aimed at clearing wrongful records. This information is for educational purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice.

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