50-State Comparison Judicial Expungement, Sealing, and Set-aside

Expungement (also called “expunction”) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.” The availability of expungement, and the procedure for getting an arrest or conviction expunged, will vary according to the state or county in which the arrest or conviction occurred.

Judicial expungement & sealing:  No federal expungement, except where arrest or conviction invalid or subject to clerical error.  Deferred adjudication and expungement for first misdemeanor drug possession if under age 21 at time of offense.

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