What You Should Know About Expungements in Virginia

Our firm understands the life-altering effects of a criminal record. To learn more about expungements, continue reading and reach out to one of our skilled Richmond criminal defense attorneys today to discuss the details of your situation and your options.

What are expungements in Virginia?

An expungement is a process that is used to petition Virginia courts to clear arrests and dismissed charges from an individual’s record. It is important to note that the records are not destroyed and they are still available if the judge gives permission. However, they are removed from public view, so that they will not show up on background checks.

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What types of criminal offenses are qualified for expungement?

Up until July 1, 2021, only criminal charges that were dismissed or in the event that the disposition was not guilty were eligible for expungements. If you were arrested but were ultimately not convicted, the arrest and the charge will still show up on your criminal background check and you can petition the court to have these records removed. This law is still in effect and can be used to expunge the following:

  • Dismissals without prejudice
  • Dismissals with prejudice
  • Dismissals by accord and satisfaction
  • Not guilty findings
  • Arrests that did not lead to a conviction
  • Charges for which you later receive an absolute pardon
  • Charges on your record which were a case of mistaken identity or identity fraud
  • Certain juvenile convictions

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Which records are not eligible for expungement?

There are several types of criminal offenses that are not able to be expunged according to Virginia law. The crimes include any of the following:

  • Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 Felonies
  • Vehicular Involuntary Manslaughter and Maiming
  • Watercraft Involuntary Manslaughter and Maiming
  • Assault & Battery of a Family Member (Domestic Assault)
  • Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence

If you have any questions or concerns about how expungement works in Virginia, do not wait to reach out to one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys today. Our legal team is on your side.

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If you live in Virginia and have been charged with a crime, the time to speak with an experienced Richmond criminal defense attorney is now. Led by Attorney James A. Bullard Jr., our firm has fought on behalf of clients facing serious legal penalties for decades. We handle various criminal and traffic cases, including reckless driving tickets, DUIs, violent crimes, drug crimes, and so much more. Contact James A. Bullard Jr. P.C. today so we can begin formulating a comprehensive defense on your behalf.

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