Unfortunately for people who've been convicted of crime, serving a sentence or completing probation isn't necessarily the end of the matter. Convictions generally linger on criminal records indefinitely, with potentially adverse consequences in areas of life like employment. Sometimes there isn't much a "convict" can do, but other times it's possible to clean up or improve a record.
Can I Vote If I Have a Felony Conviction?
Don’t assume that having a felony conviction means you’ve lost your right to vote forever. Learn more about the various state laws and find resources on restoring your right to vote.
Laws Banning Gun Possession After a Criminal Conviction
Can someone possess a gun after a criminal conviction? Learn about federal and state laws that ban firearm possession after a conviction.
Can I check out another person's criminal record?
Can a private citizen obtain access to criminal records to find out whether someone has been convicted of a crime? If the answer is yes, how do you do it?
I was arrested, but the prosecution didn't file charges. What can I do about my record?
An arrest that doesn't lead to criminal charges is still an arrest, which means you have a public criminal record. Learn how to lessen the impact of this criminal footprint.
Sex Offender Databases: Getting Your Name Off if Your Acts Are Now Legal
If you are listed on a sex offender database because of an act that is now legal, here's how to get your name off.
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Expunging or Sealing an Adult Criminal Record
Depending on the crime and your progress in your sentencing, you may be able to seal arrest or conviction records.
Sealing Juvenile Court Records
Former juvenile offenders may be able to get a fresh start of sorts by filing a petition in court seeking expungement or sealing of their juvenile records.