When a client comes to me regarding a minor criminal defense matter, one of the greatest concerns they have is what impact a possible conviction can have on their criminal record and if the incident can be expunged. A person's criminal record can be expunged under a number of circumstances and will depend on the type of crime a person commits and the outcome of the case.
As everyone is aware, having a criminal record can be detrimental to an individual in many ways including limiting employment options and social stigma. Criminal records remain in the state system unless you make an effort is made to expunge that record. This also applies to juvenile records.
The United States unemployment rate is hovering around 8%. Social media and the internet allows your criminal record available to every employer. May jobs require Act33/34 clearances If fact, there is even an "App" called 'Docket on your Pocket', that allows your friends, or foe, to pull up any of your past indiscretions with the law, just by typing in your name The fact of the matter is that all criminal cases remain on record and, therefore, accessible to the public unless they are expunged. Scary huh! But what if the charges were dismissed or you were found not guilty? Are the charges still listed? Yes, they are. The disposition will also be cited, but I have had individuals who have lost jobs opportunities because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time - had the charges dismissed, but a potential employer still asked-"what's this about"? The bottom line is that if you have had a run in with the law, whether your fault or not, you should see if the charges are expugnable.