If you are considering having your record expunged, or have already done so, you are probably wondering who can view your record once it has been expunged. There is no easy answer to that since expungement laws vary by state, but we can help you determine who can see your record based on the state your record is in.
Although the effects of a successful expungement vary by state, there are a few general rules. For the most part, private employers, landlords and others who perform a background check on you will not find your expunged records. After your record is expunged, in most states you are legally permitted to answer "no" when asked about criminal records on employment or rental applications.
It is important to understand the difference between criminal records held in public databases, such as court records, and those held in private databases, such as private background check companies since you may have records in both types of databases. To learn more about the differences between the two, read our article on how to remove criminal records from both public and private databases.
There are certain circumstances where your expunged record will be disclosed. These circumstances vary from state to state, so you should consult an attorney for specific guidance. For example:
Expungement of your criminal record can be a great help in moving forward with your life. However, you should know that there are circumstances where your expunged criminal record may come to light. These circumstances are different in every state, so you need to consult with an experienced attorney to make sure that you understand when your expunged record can be found before disclosing your record to an employer, landlord or the government.
If your record has not yet been expunged, the quickest and easiest way to check if your record is eligible for expungement is to take our free online eligibility test.
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