he can't get an expungement in virginia due to the fact it was a conviction. and he does indeed have to get his rights restored first. I have never done this but try this link http://www.advancementproject.org/news/entry/guide-available-for-felons-in-virginia-seeking-to-restore-their-civil-right
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Expunge- no can do in Virginia if he was convicted. That door is closed.
Pardon- does not clear a record or wipe it out, like mist people incorrectly think.Individual must apply for restoration of rights first as attorney Kim explained. Need to be able to explain why a pardon is appropriate, and not have been in any subsequent trouble. The Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth has cognizance over the processes, check out their website at https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/
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