Expunging a Misdemeanor
Considering all of the benefits of having your record expunged, it really is worth the time and effort. Your record follows you indefinitely and can affect your ability to obtain employment, loans and even a place to live. Every state's rules, regulations and time frames vary so you will want to determine what those are for your particular conviction.
In most cases as long as you are not currently on probation for another offense or you are not awaiting charges for another offense you would be enabled the right to request to have your criminal record expunged. Keep in mind that most courts do have a minimum time frame that you should have "kept your nose clean." For instance, some areas require that you be off probation with no other infractions (other than minor traffic violations) for five years.
The courts will mail or email you a court date, so make sure to watch for this and schedule it on your calendar. When you are at your court hearing you will be able to present your written or verbal explanation to the judge as to why they should expunge your record. From here it will either be approved or denied. If you are denied an expungement in most states you have the ability to start an appeal process.
What does expungement really mean?
Once expunged your criminal convictions will not appear to the public and you can honestly tell employers you were not convicted of a crime. There are some professional licenses you will now be able to put an application in for and you can stop fearing having back ground checks run on you; your convictions will no longer show.
Talk to an attorney
If you are faced with having convictions from past crimes it is your right to request a hearing to have your records expunged. Everyone makes mistakes, it comes down to what you learned from your experience and the choices you choose to make from here on out. Just because you made a bad choice does not mean you are a bad person. It is your right and you deserve to have your record expunged.