A criminal history can become a difficult hurdle in your life. Fortunately, in some cases you have your record expunged. In general, once expunged, all police and court records of the charges are sealed and removed from your record.
In Virginia, you are entitled to an expungment of police and court records if the charges against you were dismissed or the charges dropped by the prosecutor. If you plead guilty for a deferred finding, then you are not entitled to receive an expungement. You may also petition for an expungment if your name or identification was used improperly by a person charged or arrested for the crime. If you receive a full pardon based on a finding of innocence, then you are entitled to an expungement.
Consult with our experienced attorneys to confirm your eligibility for an expungement. We will help you to file a petition in the Circuit Court of the city or county that the criminal matter was heard. The petition will have to include a copy of your finger prints obtained from a law enforcement agency and a copy of the warrant or indictment. Also, the petition must state the specific charge you wish to have expunged as well as the date of the final disposition. Once the hearing has been completed, your finger prints will be returned to you.
After receiving all necessary criminal history documents, the court will conduct a hearing. If it is determined that the existence of the information is harmful to you, an expungment will be granted. This will include all electronic and computer related records as well as any on paper.