In today’s post, we’re addressing a common question: understanding the differences between vacating, sealing, and expunging criminal records. No need for legal jargon or complex terms – we’re here to simplify it for you.
So, what exactly are these processes?
– Vacating: This legal procedure is primarily for adult criminal convictions. It essentially nullifies the conviction, offering a fresh start for those who’ve turned their lives around.
– Sealing: Used for Juvenile Court cases or court files, sealing restricts access to records, safeguarding privacy and future prospects.
– Expunging: Expungement deletes arrest records, removing them from a client’s FBI file.
Understanding these legal options is crucial for your future. Stefanie Dorn, a Washington State attorney, will guide you through these processes, ensuring you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your record.