Expungement is the act of your arrest or criminal record being sealed or essentially erased.


In most cases, it can only be done through a court order and can only
occur in certain circumstances under current Virginia law. If you are getting an expungement, it’s important to know what it means.

Are Records Completely Gone with Expungement?

Under Virginia law, there are various types of expungements. Some
records are eligible for a total expungement while other records may only
be partially expunged. It is important to note that expungement only
applies to government records and not to unofficial records such as news
articles.

What are the Legal Effects of Expungement?

When your criminal arrest record has been expunged, it means that the
expunged government record no longer exists. Once the arrest record is
expunged, you do not legally have to inform anyone of that specific record.