How long after a conviction is my record automatically clean? I hear its 10 years? Is that true?
If you have been convicted and sentenced, it will never be clean unless you get a pardon. If you are referring to admissibility in future proceedings, the rules depend on the type of proceeding. For example, at a new trial if that person were to testify, there is a ten year rule on cross examining with the conviction in regard to brining in the conviction to show dishonesty, etc., but this is just one small example. However, if the person is convicted of a new crime, the old conviction is always admissible at sentencing.
If you were only arrested but never convicted, you can apply for an expungement at any time.
We seem to get quite a bit of these, so check out some of the previous posts.
Labels: criminal record, expungement, pardon