How far back will a criminal record check go?
Posted By Jackson Hilliard
If you wonder what a criminal record check will show, you should hire someone to do a record check for you. There is no law or rule that would make your criminal record go away on its own. However, sometimes through lapses in technology or human error, your charge may not appear on your criminal record check.
Is Your Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?
If you have had your record sealed or expunged, your criminal charge will not appear in your background check. Even so, the only way to know for sure is to do a criminal record check. To get a record check, you can go to the Sheriff’s office. For a nominal fee, it will check your record. Or, you can hire a private investigator to do a background check.
Will an old charge be on my criminal record check?
There’s really no way to know for sure whether an old charge will appear on your record without running a criminal record check. Sometimes, older charges will not appear on your record because the technology was not as sophisticated as it is today. Likewise, your criminal record may be flawed, due to human error.
Will a federal charge be on my record check?
Federal charges will also appear in a criminal record check. If you have an old charge, it may not appear due to the lack of technology at the time of your charge or human error. Expungements of federal records are pardons or executive clemency. Applications for expungement of a federal criminal record must be processed through the Office of the Pardon Attorney of the United States government.
How do I get my case sealed or expunged?
In order to get your criminal record sealed or expunged, you have to go to either the state or federal attorney general. This is a complicated process which takes several months to complete. However, you can hire an attorney to do this for you. Hiring an attorney to seal or expunge your criminal record will probably save you time and money in the long run.