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    Default How Long are Criminal Records Available to the Public

    First of all, let me say thank you all for posting on here, it's very informative. My question is this: has anyone heard of states that have a time limit on how long criminal records are available to the public, I have a felony that will be 20 years old next year and would be thrilled to have it removed. Thanks

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    Default Re: How Long are Criminal Records Available to the Public

    It will remain public record forever, unless it is expunged.
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    Default Re: How Long are Criminal Records Available to the Public

    yep, convictions like arrests stay on the books forever unless you leave the country. i know how you feel, of my ~8-9 misdemeanor arrests, i have only 4 convictions, but i still look bad for having such an extensive CR (i've had a few crime sprees that racked up 3-4 arrests in a matter of months.)

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    Have you talked to an expungement lawyer??

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    Default Re: How Long are Criminal Records Available to the Public

    Even acquittals stay on your record forever. As do dismissals with prejudice on the basis of facial insufficiency; I have a criminal record even though the judge decided that the police report itself didn't actually accuse me of a crime, let alone any basis to believe I'd actually committed one. I'm permanently stuck with a record saying I violated a law that doesn't even exist!

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    Have you talked to an expungement lawyer??
    I doubt you can get a felony conviction expunged in any state no matter how old it is.

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