Let’s face it, no one is perfect and we all have executed some unthinkable acts in life that we are not proud of. Some of have us have gone to the extent of getting arrested and obtaining a criminal record as a result, and the rest have done minuscule acts that didn’t result in a criminal record. Does it define who you are? No, it does not. Does society judge those whose first and surname is in the system? Yes! Our mistakes should be our willpower to turn our life around.
Clearing your criminal record will give you more options in life that you did not have before. One could apply for a loan and not have to fret about getting denied because of their criminal record. You would also be able to adopt a child and start a family, get a job or a promotion. To go about clearing your record, you have two options: Seal and Expunge. It can be done without hiring an attorney. An individual may also be granted a pardon if they are incarcerated, but it does not clear their record.
Sealing a Record
Sealing a record means that it is hidden from the public. It does not erase or destroy your criminal record. If an employer checks your criminal background, they will see that you have a record, but it is sealed-they will not have access to it. Only those who have a court order will be able to have access to your criminal record. Those who choose to seal their record will be able to say that they do not have a criminal record.
Expunging a Criminal Record
People quite often misconstrue sealing and expunging a record; they deem it to be the same, but it is not-there are some differences. Choosing to expunge your record means that your criminal record will be destroyed and it is no longer viewable to the public. Employers and any other agency will be aware of the fact that you have had a record and that it was expunged. If asked, you have the right to say that you were not convicted of a criminal offense.
This motion is for someone that wants to be forgiven for a crime that they have executed. If the president feels that the inmate has shown excellent behavior, they will grant them a pardon. The inmate will be free from their penalties and released from jail/prison immediately. Given a pardon does not exempt someone from telling others that they do not have a criminal record. They are required to say so when an agency or employer asks; an accepted pardon does not clear your criminal history.