Expungement Laws

Created by Laura Biber on April 04, 2016 1441

An expungement is defined as the "process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from the state or Federal repository." (Black’s Law Dictionary). The expungement process allows someone with an underlying criminal record (whether an arrest or a conviction) to petition to have that record expunged. The effect of an expungement is that the event is treated as though it never occurred (with some exceptions as noted in the discussion of state expungement laws).

An expungement is not the same thing as a pardon. A pardon does not erase the event as an expungement does, but rather a pardon is a form of forgiveness. Another distinction between the two is that a judge grants expungements while pardons must come from the executive (usually the President of the United States or the Governor of the state).

The Utah expungement statute has been mapped and may be found in the list of states.

Written by Laura Biber on April 24, 2016 0 2238
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