Helping With The Expungement Or Sealing Of Criminal Records

In some circumstances, you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged or sealed. The attorneys at McAdoo Gordon & Associates are thoroughly familiar with expungement and criminal record sealing laws, and represent individuals seeking expungement or sealing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

What To Know About The Expungement Process

"Expungement" is the term often used for the process of removing from public access the official records of arrests or criminal convictions. Expungement offers individuals a "clean slate" by giving them the opportunity to put past criminal offenses or arrests behind them.

Some jurisdictions, such as District of Columbia, call this process "sealing" instead of "expungement." Each state and the District of Columbia have different rules for what charges can be expunged, whether convictions can be expunged, whether there are waiting periods before an individual can seek to have his record expunged, etc.

Eligibility For Expungements In Washington, D.C., Maryland And Virginia

D.C.: In the District of Columbia, the law allows for sealing records of arrests for misdemeanors and felonies that did not result in a conviction. It also permits the sealing of some misdemeanor convictions.

Maryland: Maryland law permits arrests not leading to a guilty finding and probation before judgment (PBJ) cases to be expunged. Maryland does not currently expunge any convictions unless they are crimes that have been pardoned by the governor or reversed on appeal.

Virginia: Virginia also does not currently expunge convictions unless they have been pardoned by the governor or reversed on appeal. In Virginia, it is generally more difficult to get records expunged, even when you are eligible, but oftentimes it is still possible. We have experience with the Virginia expungement process and can help you determine all of your options.

What We Can Do To Help

To find out if you are eligible for expungement of your criminal record, contact our lawyers today by calling our office at 202-293-0534 or send us an email. We will advise you on what can be done to protect your future, and also assist you with each step of the process.