What is the Difference Between Sealing And Expunging A Record?

Many people use the terms “sealing” a record and “expunging” a record interchangeably.  However, there is a subtle difference between sealing and expunging a record. While attorneys and other legal professionals will know what you mean when you say you’ve had an Arkansas Criminal Record go through expunging, the proper term to use in Arkansas is the sealing process.

Sealing Morton LawWhat does this mean?

Getting your record expunged means that your criminal offense has been taken off of your criminal record, and you have no criminal history.  The state of Arkansas does not expunge criminal records, with the exception of certain juvenile offenses. Arkansas law only allows for a record to be sealed.  When your record is sealed, your convictions and/or arrests will not appear on a standard criminal history report because they are hidden from the general public.  However, certain organizations such as law enforcement, nursing boards, and education groups and boards will always see your convictions even if your record has been through the sealing process.  In other words, if after sealing your files you apply for a job with a private party that involves law enforcement, nursing/medicine, or working with children or in a school, your conviction will not appear in your criminal background check.

Expunging Bo Morton Law FirmYour convictions and/or arrests will appear on your criminal history if you try to get a job or license in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Medicine/nursing
  • In a school or daycare

However, that does not necessarily mean you will not be eligible for a job or licensure.  Some boards will grant waivers for convictions that have after expunging. 

Want more information about shoplifting then check out our expungement page.

Need Help?

For help with sealing details, call George B. Morton with Morton Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in the Fayetteville, Springdale, and Washington County areas.


Possession – How Can I Help My University of Arkansas Student?

University students often face additional issues aside from dealing with the criminal system when they get into trouble. Charges of possession, for example, can be confusing, but with our help, we will guide you through the process. Your University of Arkansas student may also hear from the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (“OSSC”) after an arrest.  Having some knowledge about dealing with the OSSC disciplinary process can help you guide your University of Arkansas student. Continue reading

Expungement and Gun Rights

Arkansas has some of the best hunting in the south with the stunning Northwest Arkansas Mountains and the duck hunting capital. However, you cannot get many animals this hunting season without a gun. Let Morton Law handle your expungement and restore your hunting season.


Expungement is a process where the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction becomes confidential. In Arkansas, when a person meets the requirements to have a record expunged, his or her record becomes confidential.  For more information on other topics of expungement, check out our other blogs. Continue reading

3 Ways Morton Law Group Can Help Your Student in a Disciplinary Case

What Sets Us Apart

At Morton Law Group, we know how

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important your student is to you and your family. You have invested time, money, and energy into their education and their future. We know how difficult it is towatch your child endure a criminal law case and we want you to know that we’re here to help. Here are three reasons why we are your go-to criminal defense lawyers for your student in Fayetteville, Arkansas at The University of Arkansas. Continue reading

Arkansas Shoplifting Law

Shoplifting: the act of taking or intention of taking an item in a place of business that person would not pay money in exchange for an item. In Arkansas shoplifting is charged with Theft of Property.

Punishment for Shoplifting

Most punishments will depend on the value of the item stolen. However, most punishments range from a misdemeanor to felony charges. The following shows fines, punishments, and the amount of money value stolen: Continue reading