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Can I get Disorderly Conduct expunged from my record?

Quinton, VA |

I was wondering can I get this charge expunged? I was charged/convicted when I was a Senior in High school. Now I'm a senior in College and getting ready to hopefully get into the workplace. I was thinking would this charge on my record hurt my job prospects? And is there anyway to get it sealed/expunged or anything like that so that an employer cant see it when they do background checks? If I can how would I do that? Thanks

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  1. Here's a good resource to start:
    http://www.valegalaid.org/files/E095B726-FCD8-81C1-17DC-A16C7ED73FFF/attachments/8DBACF4D-369E-4349-AF5F-4ED2D9A99435/expungement.pdf

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  2. Unfortunately, except in narrow circumstances, Virginia does not expunge records.

    Expungment for purposes of improving a job hunt is NOT one of the narrow grounds in the Commonwealth. See http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+19.2-392.2

    I am sorry to report that you will be stuck with this on your record permanently. That said, the charge itself is not particularly damning, with a proper explanation it will not be something holding you back from almost any endeavor. I wish you all the best.

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  3. Was the charge handled in juvenile court or adult court? By Virginia statute, juvenile courts destroy most records after five years on January 2 of each year (your case would qualify under "most records"). It sounds like you may be approaching that window. If the matter was in adult court, and you were convicted of the charge, there is nothing that can be done. The conviction is permanent forever.

    Good luck.

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