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What is a record “expungement”?

 

An expungement is the physical destruction of a criminal history record from the government’s public-record systems through a judicial petition process, making the record confidential (i.e., inaccessible) to the public or various government entities absent a court order.

    • Expungement means:
      • The physical destruction of a criminal arrest record.
      • The criminal arrest record is made confidential.
      • The criminal arrest record is made non-public.

(Other forms of use of the word expungement, include: Expunction, expunged, expungeable, expunging.)