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Criminal defense: Can my record be expunged?


While the state of Connecticut does not have any provisions for the expungemnet of a criminal record, it does have a similar — and in some ways better — option known as an "erasure of criminal records." An erasure of criminal records is very much like it sounds: all records pertaining to the offense are actually physically destroyed.

If a petition for an erasure of criminal records is granted, the person is legally considered to have never been arrested for or committed the offense and can even deny the arrest/conviction under oath. A criminal record is also considered removed in cases of absolute pardons. In these situations, an erasure is usually not needed because the pardon performs essentially the same function.

It's important for those looking for more information on this topic to understand that an erasure of criminal records is a complicated process and can be very difficult to have granted. While having experienced legal representation to guide you and fight for your interests can help dramatically, an erasure is never guaranteed. Circumstances that may qualify for an erasure include arrests in which the charges were subsequently dropped, those who have received pardons and situations involving past offenses that are no longer considered crimes.

Knowledge is power, and we can help you better understand how an erasure of criminal records works and what the benefits would be for your particular circumstances. Every situation is unique, and we take the time to gather the details of your case so we can have a full understanding of whether an erasure is possible or likely and how we can help you moving forward.