Criminal Record Expungement: Common Mistakes to Avoid

In this post, we highlight some of the common errors that can occur during the expungement process.

Expunging your criminal record

Can be a complex process, and making mistakes can lead to a denial of your expungement petition. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to expunge their criminal record and offer tips on how to avoid them.

1. Failing to meet eligibility requirements

Each state has different eligibility requirements for expungement. Some crimes may not be eligible for expungement, and there may be waiting periods before you can apply. Before starting the expungement process, make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements in your state.

2. Failing to gather all necessary documents

The expungement process requires you to gather various documents, such as a copy of your criminal record and a certificate of completion for any rehabilitation programs you may have completed. Failure to provide all the necessary documents can lead to a denial of your petition.

3. Failing to disclose all information

When applying for expungement, it’s important to be completely transparent about your criminal history. Failing to disclose all of your convictions can lead to your petition being denied and may even result in additional charges.

4. Failing to file the correct paperwork

Each state has different paperwork requirements for expungement. Failing to file the correct paperwork or filling it out incorrectly can lead to delays or even a denial of your petition.

5. Failing to appear at court hearings

In some cases, you may be required to appear at a court hearing to present your case for expungement. Failing to appear at these hearings can result in your petition being denied.


Expunging your criminal record can be a complex process, and making mistakes can lead to a denial of your petition. To avoid common mistakes, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and help you navigate any obstacles that may arise. Contact our law firm today to learn more about how we can assist you with expunging your criminal record.