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Do I Still Have A Criminal Record Even If I Wasn't Charged?

Tagged under: Research USA Court System Expeal
By Expeal on November 30, 2015.

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It is an absolutely amazing feeling when you find out you won’t be facing charges after being arrested. In almost every single state, however, you’ll end up with a criminal record. When you find out the state attorney is going to release you from scrutiny, only the first half of your task of getting back to regular life is completed. Now you have to clean up your record.

One of the questions we hear most often has to do with what actually creates a criminal record. Any interaction that results in being issued a citation or being book in jail will create a criminal record. While a conviction or even dismissed charges will require a certain amount of time to pass before qualifying to be Expealed, the majority of states allow you to Expeal an arrest record as soon as you’ve received word that you are no longer under investigation. In some states, you can go so far as to have your biometric data (eg, your DNA, your fingerprints, etc.) returned. Clearing your name will ensure you don’t suffer the consequences for something you had nothing to do with is one of the easiest yet most important things you can do.

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