Don’t let your past hold you back. When you have an old arrest or a criminal legal proceeding on your record, it can hold you back despite never being found guilty of a crime in some circumstances. Potential employers, landlords, loan officers, and college admissions officers may misunderstand your record and get a wrong impression of you. You could lose out on opportunities because you are viewed as a criminal when you are an upstanding citizen.
When your education, career, and well-being are hurt by your criminal record, you should consider expungement and whether this process is right for you. Expungement removes your criminal file from the court and public records, which means it will not show up on a background check. If the court approves an expungement, then it is as if that arrest, detainment, or proceeding never happened.