What is an Expungement?
Expunging a criminal record means that the court orders the history of the case sealed. This includes records of the arrest, investigation, detention, and conviction, including a verdict or finding of guilty after trial or a guilty plea.
A person who has had records expunged may tell people the arrest or conviction did not happen. A government agency that has received an expungement order will respond to an inquiry as though that arrest or conviction did not happen.
The expungement order applies only to government agencies. Other records, such as news accounts of an arrest or conviction, are not affected.
After a record is expunged, an agency's sealed records can still be viewed and copied by some government officials, and the court can order the records unsealed under some conditions.
Read more about the expungement process at https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/expunge/
A new law provides a process for Utah courts to automatically expunge certain records without you having to pay for certificates from BCI or file a petition with the court. You can read more about it https://www.cleanslateutah.org/about. However, doing expungements automatically can be faster, especially for Pleas in Abeyance, and our office can advise on whether filing an manual expungement would be faster for you.
A Dismissal is not an Expungement
If you have your criminal case dismissed, it is important to understand that dismissal is not the same thing as an expungement. There will still be a record that charges were filed, and records of an arrest if you were arrested.
If you would like to expunge your record it may be possible; however, it may carry with it additional fees. If you would like to know more about expungements you can contact us at 435-210-1952 or StephenJayStocks@gmail.com