What is the different between having a charge dismissed verses having it expunged?

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What is the different between having a charge dismissed verses having it expunged?

Asked on October 15, 2015 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

G.J., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

When a case is dismissed, it means that the prosecuter has dropped the charges. Many times this is due to not having enough evidence to convict or because the person charged has completed some kind of required community service or treatment.
When a case ia expunged, all traces of its existence gets erased. No one will know it has ever existed. With a dismissal it will still show up on your record.
 


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