Dismissed Charges Still on Record
After a criminal charge is dismissed, you might assume you would have a clean record, but in a routine criminal background check by an employer, the arrest shows up. Years later, the arrest still shows up. How can this be? How is this possible? It’s because the arrest was never expunged. Hypothetically, you are arrested, and booked, but the State dismissed the charges because you are innocent. You don’t need a lawyer (except maybe to sue for false arrest). Think again!
There is still a record of your arrest. This is what expungement is for. Expungement is nothing more than a lawsuit against government agencies for keeping a record of your arrest, demanding that it be destroyed. Why is this necessary? Unfortunately, for most people who have to work for an employer, an old arrest record can be a big problem.