Expunging a Criminal Record

Court records and criminal history records are different records maintained in two separate systems.  Court records are maintained by the District Courts. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation maintains criminal history records.


Even if an individual’s court record is sealed or expunged, that does not remove the information from the individual’s criminal history record.


  • If you plead guilty to, or are found guilty of, a criminal offense, that information cannot be expunged from your criminal history record even if it is expunged from the court’s file.  A conviction will show up on your criminal history record regardless of how many years have passed.
  • For further assistance, please contact an attorney in private practice.

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