Frequently Asked Questions

We understand expungement can be confusing and that’s why we work hard to keep our guides updated with the lasted news and resources.  We always recommend using an attorney with all legal matters.   You also may have the option to use a public defender, attend a free expungement clinic, or simply file yourself.  The steps are easier than you may think.

What is an expungement?

An expungement is a process by which the record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed. In some cases it can be viewed as if the incident never occurred.

How does the expungement process work?

The process overall is fairly simple and can be completed within 8-12 weeks in many cases. Preparation is key and you will first need to determine if your arrests and charges are eligible.  If you don’t know your charges, case numbers, dates, and location they occurred then you will want to obtain a full criminal history report.

Once you know you are eligible you can file the proper paperwork with the courts.  Every county is different and you will need to make sure you have the right application and file it with the right court.  You can find this information on the court websites or simply by calling them.

The applications are straight forward and require basic information often including finger prints. Usually these are 2-3 pages and may require a filing fee with the court.  You may also contact the court about fee waivers if you need help financially.

No one can guarantee you will be approved.  Expungement is a privilege granted to those that can show they are not a career criminal and can live a positive life away from the judicial system.

Using an attorney is highly recommended but not required.  Your court may have the option for you to work with a public defender or you can also search for free expungement clinics in your area.

 

 

How do I know if I am eligible?

Every state has set forth eligibility requirements for its residents. Each county may have separate requirements as well. In order for you to determine eligibility you will need to have all of your case details including the charges, case numbers, dates, and locations.  You will then check the state guidelines and determine your eligibility.

Not every state offers expungement for their citizens.

Along with certain types of charges, states also have other reasons that can lead to a denial of your expungement request. These often will include:

-Must be no pending charges or investigations against you


-All restitution, classes, fines, probation, and sentencing must be fully completed


-Must meet state time requirement from the date the charges took place

How do I get my criminal record?

There are a few different ways for you to obtain your criminal history details.  The best way is to go directly to the source and pull it from the court in which you were charged.  You may also be able to order it through your state court website or the FBI website.

We highly recommend you go through the courts or state agencies for your record.  Online databases that offer background check services don’t always have the most accurate information and can’t guarantee you will get all of the case details  you need.

What types of records can be expunged?

Depending on the state arrests records, charges, and convictions may be eligible for expungement.  Often times this will include felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions.  However, if you were charged with a sex crime, crime against a child, a capital offense, or extremely violent offense you are probably NOT eligible to clear your record.

Charges that are often eligible include:

-Petty theft

-Grand theft

-Trespassing

-Possession of marijuana (or other controlled substances)

-Shoplifting

-DUI

-Assault and Battery

-Disorderly Conduct

-Receiving stolen property

-Robbery

-Burglary

-Breaking and Entering

-Public Intoxication

-Theft

-Prostitution

-Indecent exposure

-and many more…

How does Clean Record Club help me?

Our guide was created to educate you on the benefits of clearing your criminal record and living a life away from the judicial system.  Our guide includes information on expungement, who is eligible, and where to go to find the help you need.

This includes information for expungement clinics, county courts and websites, state websites, and more.  Instead of spending hours online looking for information you can download our guides and get a clear picture or your options.

Clean Record Club provides expungement information NOT legal advice.  We are not a law firm and do not represent you or file the paperwork for you.

For those that can afford an attorney we highly recommend you work with one to file for expungement.  Our guide was created to help people that don’t have the money to pay for an attorney.  Our website is constantly updated with a list of free expungement clinics and other information to help understand your options.  We charge a small fee to our users to provide this information rather than spending hundreds or thousands of dollars.

How does expungement help me?

After the expungement process by law you can state that the charges never happened.  In essence your expungement will give you that second chance you deserve.

Along with peace of mind and living free of guilt your record new record can do a number of things. This can help everything from job opportunities, housing, loans, licenses, rights to firearms, and more. However, once expungement is granted and you get that second chance it is up to you and only you to maintain a clean record moving forward.

We are here to help you start the journey.  Imagine being able to confidently apply for jobs and financial aid.  You can’t put a price on freedom.   Get the help you need and take action immediately.

How can I prepare for the process?

Expungement is your chance to show the court that you deserve to have a clean record. You want to show the court that having a bad record is hurting your ability to live a successful life. You need to show your ability to be a good citizen and not a liability in your community.

Other items that can help show your positive progress:

-Written recommendations from school, church, community, and military leaders.

-Show volunteer work and other help for the community.

-Showing that you are able to maintain a job and stay employed.

-Be able to prove that you have been law abiding in every way since conviction.

-College degrees, grades, attendance.

-Make sure all sentences, probation, classes, restitution, and penalties are completed and paid from your conviction.

-Prove that you have become an active and responsible citizen.

-Demonstrate that you are a productive member of the community and not a criminal.

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ABOUT CLEAN RECORD CLUB
Clean Record Club was founded in 2013 to help citizens with criminal records get back on their feet. We provide information on expungement resources in different states around the U.S.

MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to help you discover how expungement can be a massive benefit to you and your family.

GET IN TOUCH
Feel free to message us at anytime regarding your questions. If you have questions for an attorney we can refer to you a law firm in your state. For questions about the guides or website please contact us at [email protected]