This section explains criminal records and ways to improve them.
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.
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.
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 (sealing) of a juvenile court conviction.
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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?
Can someone possess a gun after a criminal conviction?
Federal law bans those who have been convicted of certain crimes from ever possessing firearms. Included in those crimes are all felonies and misdemeanor domestic violence offenses.
I was arrested, but the prosecution didn’t file charges. What can I do about my record?
It’s a huge relief when the prosecution announces a decision not to file charges. But that doesn’t mean the arrestee should do nothing further.