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Criminal convictions don't automatically get expunged. You usually have to petition the court in some fashion to get your record cleared. Each state has its own set of guidelines regarding what can be expunged and the process for doing so. Certain kinds of offenses are eligible for expungement and some are not. Keep in mind, though, expungement doesn't erase your criminal history, rather your record will state that the conviction was expunged. It is often still a great benefit though because a person can then legally respond that he or she does not have a conviction when asked about having a criminal record. This is often a big relief for people when applying for jobs and having to provide background information. Hiring an attorney to help you with the expungement is usually a good idea, since they'll know exactly what needs to be done in your case, and the cost is generally pretty reasonable, particularly given that the upside is having a clear criminal history. For more information about how to expunge a criminal record, contact an attorney in your area today.