How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?

What is the Length of a Criminal Record?

The short and simple answer to this question: forever. Much of your criminal record is available to anyone until a court orders them removed from public access.

This means that anyone with a few dollars and internet access can see that mistake you made in the past. This can prove to be a major obstacle for anyone with a criminal record who is searching for a job. With a simple background check, employers can see nearly every criminal event that occurred. Although you may have turned your life around, that is not reflected in a background check. According to your RAP sheet, employers, landlords, and others only see the negative side of things.

Luckily, most states allow an “expungement” of criminal records. This means that your records can either be sealed from the public view or destroyed by erasing the information from the state database and removing all hard copies of the records. To do this, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to guide you through the procedures of your unique situation.

WipeRecord makes it easy to get rid of the burdens of your past and follow your dreams with a clean slate. Just fill out our short eligibility test to see if you qualify. We will match you with a knowledgeable representative who will walk you through the process. A clean slate is only a few clicks away.

How Long Does a Conviction Stay on Your Criminal Record?

Convictions are part of a criminal record and stay on the record until the case is expunged. Although the term “expungement” differs in terms of its legal effect by state, it is generally better than a record seal.  A record seal does not completely destroy a record (law enforcement can still see it), but it does prevent the public disclosure of the record. Our firm can assist you with whichever service you’re eligible for, depending on the state. Check out our blog on the difference between an expungement and record sealing for more information.

How Long Does a Juvenile Criminal Record Last?

Contrary to popular belief, in many cases, a juvenile’s record is not automatically sealed when they turn 18.* If the record is not sealed, it can still be read by law enforcement agencies, probation officers, juvenile justice officers, prospective employers, educational institutions, and a few other parties.* Contact our firm if you or someone you know has a juvenile record and isn’t sure if it has been sealed or not. We will happily walk you through the steps to make sure what happened in your past stays in your past.

*Statements subject to relevant state law jurisdiction.

How Long Does a DWI or DUI Stay on Your Record?

Like most offenses, a DWI or DUI will stay on your record forever unless you get an expungement. Only some states consider DWIs or DUIs criminal convictions eligible for sealing or expungement. Unfortunately, other states deem them as “driving” or “traffic” offenses, not eligible to be sealed or expunged. Our firm can help review your record to see if you’re eligible to get rid of that DWI or DUI.  

How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record?

A misdemeanor is still considered a crime and will stay on your criminal record just as long as a felony – forever. Some states have recently passed laws allowing for the automatic sealing of misdemeanor convictions (PA), however, it can be tough to be certain of that. In most cases, the only way to remove a misdemeanor from your record is to seek an expungement. Check our eligibility test to see if you qualify for an expungement to begin getting rid of your mistakes for good.

How Long Does a Felony Stay on a Background Check?

In most cases, felonies and misdemeanors both stay on your criminal record forever, until the record is expunged. Criminal records are vastly accessible with the ease of access to records through the internet. If you want to stop discrimination by employers and others based upon your criminal record, it’s important to look into expungement and record sealing. Contact our firm and we can help you remove your record for good.

Having a criminal record can be difficult but know that you are not alone. It is estimated that one in every three adults in the U.S. have some sort of criminal record. While some are for serious offenses, most are for relatively low-level misdemeanors. In an era of heightened security concerns, easily available data, and increased criminal background checks, these records act as a barrier to getting a good job, among many other opportunities.

Having a criminal record marginalizes you from society. It sets you apart from everyone else, marking you with a negative job credential. Get rid of your criminal record today with the help of our team of experienced professionals. Go visit our free expungement eligibility test to see if you qualify to get your record cleared.

4 thoughts on “How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?”

    1. Anthony – we handle several cases similar to yours and are more than happy to offer assistance. Please take our free, confidential eligibility test or give us a call at (844) 947-3732 for more information.

  1. This is a great article I only wish you guys went into more details concerning first offenders and how they show up on background checks whether they are automatically expunged, how to proceed with paperwork regarding a first offenders with completed terms.

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