Eliminating 1 Misdemeanor Driving under Suspended License

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Eliminating 1 Misdemeanor Driving under Suspended License

About 6 years ago, I racked up a large amount of parking ticket debt that resulted in my license getting suspended. I was not aware of this and continued to drive. Eventually I was pulled over for a busted headlight and it was discovered that I had a suspended license. I was not arrested and I appeared at my arraignment and pled guilty. I was given a Class 1 misdemeanor and a $300 fine with no jail time. This was my first and only criminal offense. I’ve never encountered an issue getting a job but recently I’ve been interested in getting a real estate license which I’m told requires extensive background information. I’ve always wondered does this sort of thing appear on a criminal background check? Does it ever disappear on it’s own after a long period of time? What are my options for removing it from my records?

Asked on July 2, 2017 under Criminal Law, Virginia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In VA, "expungement" (i.e. the clearing on a criminal history record) is only available to people who have been found innocent of the charge, if a nolle prosequi is taken, or the charge is somehow dismissed. Here is a link to a site that will explain further: http://expungementguide.com/Virginia-Expungement.php

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