Process for Expunging Adult Criminal Records in Virginia

In order to get your adult criminal record cleared in Virginia, you must file a petition for relief for expungement, be fingerprinted, and serve a copy of the Petition on the Commonwealth’s attorney. The application contains information about you and the offense committed.

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Process for Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records in Virginia

The application process to clear a juvenile’s criminal record history in Virginia is much the same as that of an adult, such as obtaining a copy of the arrest warrant, case disposition, filing out a petition for relief, fingerprinting and serving the petition on the Commonwealth’s attorney.

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Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records in Virginia

Juvenile’s criminal record in Virginia is automatically destroyed once the juvenile is 18, provided that 5 years have elapsed from the date of the last hearing, or 29 in the case of a motor vehicle violation. Juveniles who were subjects of delinquency proceedings or traffic proceedings and who were found innocent may file a motion to have all criminal records destroyed without waiting for the automatic process to occur at age 19/29.

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