How to get an arrest that wasn’t a conviction off my record?

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How to get an arrest that wasn’t a conviction off my record?

I can’t get employment because it shows as a conviction on my backround check.

Asked on March 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

An arrest record and a criminal conviction are two different things. An arrest record is where you were arrested and likely fingerprinted. A conviction is where you either plead guilty or were found guilty at trial to a criminal offense. If the background check is showing a criminal conviction, then you need to have your record expunged. If no conviction, but only a arrest record shows, then you need to have the arrest record and fingerprints cleared. Because the expungement process and arrest record clearance procedures varies by State law, consult a local criminal defense attorney to determine the exact route you need to take.


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