Trying to get a job.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I don't practice in VA, but in my state, KY, a felony conviction will remain on your record forever, absent a lawful expungement order or pardon.
In my state, you can petition the court to expunge all juvenile records after your 18th birthday and can get misdemeanor conviction expunged by KY statute after 5-7 years from conviction date or completion of probation/conditional discharge time.
You should rum your own criminal record check in your state to see your record for yourself and consult with a criminal defense attorney in your area to see if you have any state expungements statutes that can be used.
I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this response on the avvo website. I have not been retained to represent you. I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky and in federal court in this state and the Southern District of Indiana. You need to seek legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your area..
Criminal Defense Attorney
You need to discuss with a local lawyer about the prospect of getting your charges remvoed, expunged, pardoned or sealed from your record. Also, there are some types of jobs, like being a lawyer, you would have to disclose the fact that you had a criminal record, even if it has been expunged.
There is also a certain time periods many states require you to wait before you can get your record expunged. Generally speaking, the more severe the criminal charge the more difficult to expunge and more time that has to pass before the record gets expunged.
Good luck with your case.
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Family Law Attorney
In Virginia, criminal charges, misdemeanors and felonies, remain on your record forever. Typical expungements are not available at any time because they are reserved for people who were truly innocent. The only way possible to have a criminal record removed is to obtain a pardon from the governor. These are hard to obtain, so you would want to consult with an attorney.