Criminal Law Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get my criminal record expunged?
In Virginia, you cannot seal or expunge criminal record convictions. An expungement can only be obtained in Virginia if:
- you are found not guilty by the court (acquittal or dismissal);
- the charges are withdrawn (nolle prosequi) by the Court on a motion by the Commonwealth;
- your name is used in error; or
- you obtained an absolute pardon from a Virginia Governor.
However, if you were convicted of a felony, depending on the amount of time that has passed, you may be eligible to request a restoration of your rights. Read the Guide I developed to provide easy to understand information about what you need to know about criminal record expungements in Virginia.