Expungement is an action used to delete all police and court records pertaining to a criminal case when any of the following has occurred:
When a record is expunged it is not destroyed but removed from public access and sealed.
Filing and Hearing Requirements
To request expungement of eligible records, you must file a petition with the court in the city or county where you case was handled. You will need copies of the petition for additional offices:
Once the court has all the information it needs, it will hold a hearing to determine if keeping the records creates a "manifest injustice" to you. If yes, it will grant your request.
The standard is different for a single misdemeanor when you have no other record. In this case, you are entitled to expungement unless there is a good reason to deny the petition.