What is the Difference Between Sealing And Expunging A Record?

Sealing vs. Expungement

The terms “sealing” a record and “expunging” a record are often used interchangeably. However, there is a subtle difference between the two. While attorneys and legal professionals will know what you mean when you say you’ve had a criminal record expunged in Arkansas, the proper term to use in the state is sealed.

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What 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.

Your convictions and/or arrests will appear on your criminal history if you try to get a job or receive a license in these fields:

  • Law enforcement
  • Medicine/nursing

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

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