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How Long Does It Take To Be Expunged?

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The legal process of expungement involves having an offense on someone’s criminal record erased, so nobody knows it ever happened. The length of time it takes to be expunged can vary widely. Firstly, it depends on the court system in your state. Depending on how they carry out procedures, expungement could take as little as a few days - but it could also take months. Secondly, it depends upon the crime. Of course, more serious crimes including sexual assault and those involving victims under the age of eighteen can never be expunged. Other crimes, for instance petty theft, may have time limits. Certain crimes require a year to have passed by before the procedure of expungement can begin. Other conditions may also need to have been met; offenders may have to attend courses or complete community service to have their records expunged.

Most commonly, it is first time offenders who successfully have their criminal records expunged - and only if the crime wasn’t too serious. A legal court will grant an expungement if it believes the offender would never consider carrying out the crime again. This allows the individual to start with a clean sheet, which in many cases encourages them to improve their behavior for good. If somebody believes opportunities will always be closed to them because of a crime they committed, they may not try to change. Expunging someone’s criminal record can incentivize them to become contributing a member of the community. They will be without the feeling that their one-off crime will follow them for the rest of their lives. Although some believe this is wrong, because criminal actions should have permanent consequences, there is a lot of evidence to suggest expungement is a successful way in which to deter low-level offenders from practicing criminal behavior again.
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To expunge a criminal record requires a court process. Upon successful completion of that process, persons doing a background check will receive a response that there is "no record." Also, if you expunge your criminal record, you are legally entitled to state that the arrest or conviction never happened.
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I just went to the courthouse today to get my record expunged.The lady who does this wasn't in the office 2day.I was just wondering how long does it take for them to expunge your record.
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Was arrested on drug charge first offense was suppose to be off if I completed community service was done charge still on record
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I'm just waiting for my paper to come back. I did all the paper work. Does it still take up to 90 days to come back?
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Since the timing of the process varies from state to state a general estimate of the time it takes to have a criminal record expunged can be anywhere from 2-6 months. The thing is even after you do get your record expunged it takes time to take effect. There is a company that offers Expedited Criminal Database Update and that service cuts the time it takes to update your criminal record from nearly a year to as little as two weeks. Check it out:

www.recordgone.com/expunge-criminal-records.htm
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