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Virginia Expungement Lawyers
Were you charged with a crime that was dismissed or nolle prossed? You may think that charge is gone from your record, but in reality the fact that you were charged stays on your criminal record. What that means in practical terms is that if you were arrested for any criminal offense (including DUI) and were asked on an employment or school application “have you ever been arrested”, you would still have to answer “yes”, even though there was no conviction. However, Virginia law gives you an opportunity to expunge those charges from your record, and hence, you can answer “NO” to any questions regarding arrests, investigations, etc.
Requirements to Be Eligible for Expungement
You are eligible for an expungement if your charge was dismissed either by the judge or by nolle prossequi, or if you were found not guilty. If your charge was taken under advisement you are not eligible and will have to pursue a pardon.
The requirements are strict and judges generally do not like to expunge charges. If you believe you qualify for an expungement and would like to remove it from your record contact an attorney who is experienced in such proceedings.