In 2009 I had my criminal record sealed. Periodically I would Google myself and nothing would come up in the search results. Recently I googled myself and my criminal record appeared on a website called CourtRecords.org. If my record is sealed, how were they able to get my information and posted on the Internet? I'm sure my record is sealed as I have all the documentation showing that it is. I was just offered a job and now I'm worried about the criminal background check because of what I found on that website
You can try contacting the customer service on that website and see if there's a way for them to remove the record in light of the fact that you had it sealed. It's possible that they will ask you for a fee to remove the record. Before they remove the record they will require you to send them a certified copy of the court disposition the sealing the record.
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Unfortunately, it is probably a safe bet to assume that if you were arrested anytime in the digital age then your criminal record will almost certainly remain with you forever. To some degree or another this is true regardless of whether your ultimately seal or expunge a case. All arrests are matters of public record, and, even if they are subsequently removed from the public record they still remain alive and well in various private records. This is one down-side to technology.
Hopefully you will follow Mr. Blecher's sage advise and get some relief.
But don;t be surprised if it pop's up again.
Afterward, you might want to do your own background check to see what pops up. Forewarned is forearmed. If your prior indiscretion appears then, for better or for worse, you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, licensing authority, admissions committee, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own, but that's a personal, not a legal, decision.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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