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 expunged, the proper term to use in Arkansas is sealed.

Sealing Morton LawWhat does this mean?

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 and nursing boards will be able to see your convictions even if your record has been sealed.

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

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 sealing. 

Want more information about shoplifting then check out our sealing of records page.

Need Help?

For help with sealing details, call Bo Morton with Morton-Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in Northwest Arkansas.

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