Expunging a Conviction in Virginia
- The criminal charges against the defendant were dropped, or if the defendant was acquitted or was granted an absolute pardon
- Another defendant was arrested using the person’s name or identification (i.e., identity theft)
- The offense was for a first-time misdemeanor
- DNA records may be purged and samples of DNA may be destroyed through the expungement process
- Juvenile records are routinely expunged after a set period of time. Also, juvenile records may be destroyed if the case was dismissed or if a court concluded that the defendant was innocent
- The conviction record is necessary for a pending criminal investigation
- The record is necessary for an investigation in which life or property will be in jeopardy unless immediate access to the record is granted
- Expunged records can still be disclosed for some employment application purposes, especially those involving government or law enforcement positions
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Last Modified: 06-18-2010 03:42 PM PDT
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