Category Archives: Expungements

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. 

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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.


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

Expungement in Arkansas


Expungement is a court-ordered process where the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction is removed from the eyes of the law, but not destroyed. Arrest or conviction records are sealed and therefore treated as confidential material. In Arkansas, when a person meets the requirements to have a record expunged, his or her record becomes confidential, and the matter is treated as if the crime never happened. Continue reading

Expungement Legal Terms

Expungement and/or Sealing:  “sealing” means the procedure and effect as defined in the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013, § 16-90-1401 et seq.

Effect of Expungement and/or sealing:  A person whose record has been sealed under this subchapter shall have all privileges and rights restored, and the record that has been sealed shall not affect any of his or her civil rights or liberties unless otherwise specifically provided by law. Continue reading