What does sealing my criminal record do?

While many states use the word sealing, not all of them use it the same way. It almost always mean the same thing - that your criminal record is hidden from public view. No matter what it means in your state, though, the one thing that sealing means in every state is that you can legally say "No" when someone asks you if you've been convicted of those sealed charges. It also means criminal background checks should remove or at least make a notation of your record being sealed.

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