A Synopsis in 50 Words or Less: There is no method to totally wipe or delete one's criminal past from the Internet, although there are certain websites that will remove it for a charge and other service providers that promise to erase your record from the Internet but cannot. All things considered, if you haven't been arrested yet, you probably won't be.
If you're looking to hide your criminal history because of employment issues or some other reason, check with the various companies we recommend. Some may have policies against hiring individuals with arrests or convictions, so you should call before applying for a job. However, even if a company does allow for excluded records, they may not be able to help you if you're trying to get a loan or some other form of credit. For example, if you apply for a car loan and there are any discrepancies on your report, the bank could deny your application.
In most states, you can request access to your criminal record from the Department of Justice or local police department. This process is called "searches and seizures" of your record. You must sign a release form allowing the agency to provide your record to any company that requests it. Generally, these searches and seizures are free of charge.
When it comes to deleting a public court record from the internet, it is advisable to get the court record sealed or expunged first. Only after you have completed this should you contact a website, with the advice of an expert attorney, and request that your court records be removed. Although many websites will happily remove these records for you, there is no guarantee that they will not re-post them elsewhere.
Public records can often reveal sensitive information about our past that we would rather remain private. For example, a search of Maryland court records shows that there is a warrant out for my arrest. The police found evidence that I committed a crime, so now I have a criminal record. Another example is a search for my name on Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles database; it reveals that I was involved in a car accident years ago and wasn't at fault. Because I had insurance and didn't declare any income, the other driver's company filed a claim against me. To make a long story short, my credit score took a major hit and it has been difficult for me to find employment since then.
If you are the subject of a public record, it is best to know what kind of information you are looking at online. For example, if you find a copy of an old judgment against you on Google Images, it means you have been sued at one point in time.
A criminal record can be cleaned in six ways: by sealing the record or by having the offences removed. The following items may show on a person's criminal record in general:
A criminal record can be cleaned in two ways: by sealing the record or by having the offence wiped. The distinction between the two is that the former prevents public access to the record, whilst the latter makes it appear as though the conviction or arrest never occurred. 15% of adults with a recent criminal history have had at least one thing sealed or removed from their record.
There are two types of records that may need to be cleared: civil and criminal. On a civil basis, there are things such as restraining orders that need to be cleared to allow for further freedom of movement. Criminal records consist of arrests and convictions. Once you have served your sentence, the information regarding this incident will be removed from your record.
Each state has its own laws regarding what information must be included in criminal records. Some states also have laws regarding private employers who want to deny jobs or admission into schools because of criminal records. It is important to know the law in your state, especially when it comes to breaking new crimes; this will help you avoid any penalties that may arise due to an old offense.
If you want to clear your record, then the first thing you should do is contact the appropriate agencies and let them know that you would like the issue resolved. Most likely, these agencies charge fees for their services, so be sure to check with them before proceeding.
To seal your record you will need to go to the Police National Computer (PNC) website. Once there, search for your case using the number given at the time of arrest. Select the 'View Case Details' button and then click on the 'Request Sealing' option. You will then be taken to a page with all the information about how long it will take for your record to be removed from both the PNC and the Criminal Records Office. There is no guarantee that your record will be removed within this time frame but if you do not see any reason why it should not be able to be removed then there is no harm in applying.
If you are interested in having an arrest or conviction removed from your record, especially if it is old news, it is best to check with police forces in your area first as some may have their own procedures for dealing with such requests. However, if you cannot find anything online then you can send in an application to have your record sealed.