Contact one of your local criminal defense attorneys and I'm sure they'd be happy to help you out with the situation. Most attorneys will offer you a free initial consultation so you can get a lot of information that way. Good luck.
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I assume you were convicted of a felony offense in 2002. You need to consult with an AZ criminal defense attorney to see if AZ has an expungement/seal statute and if so, will this felony crime qualify. I don't practice in AZ, but were have several avvo lawyers on this site that do, I'll defer to them as to AZ law.
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Arizona does not allow expungement. The best you can do in Arizona is file a motion to have it "set aside" under A.R.S. § 13-907. The "set aside" does not remove it from your background check, and you still have to disclose the conviction when asked by potential employers. It can also still be used as a historical prior offense (subject to other limitations, such as the age and nature of the offense).
The "set aside" is something that you should do, but its usefulness is limited. It is not true expungement, like some states have.
Arizona is a state that believes in the permanent disenfranchisement of people with a criminal record. This forces people who are motivated to improve their lives to remain under the shadow of their distant past permanently. It ultimately costs society more because we are not letting people make amends, gain redemption, then become productive members of the community.
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