Criminal records negatively affect various aspects of life, including job, school, and housing opportunities. Even a dismissed charge will show up on a background check. An expungement should wipe clean all public court records of the charge, preventing the charge from showing up on background check.
Finding out whether you are eligible for an expungement can be a complicated process. Eligibility may depend on various factors, such as date and type of disposition, offense characteristics of the charge or conviction, whether you have prior expungements, or even your age at the time of the offense. You may also be eligible to have multiple charges expunged, depending on the dates of disposition.