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A criminal record is a compilation of a person’s criminal history. This includes, how many times and on what charges a person has been arrested by which law enforcement agency. It also has other information like convictions, acquittals, and parole or probation violation records, etc. This article answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on criminal records and laws associated with it.

A criminal record is a compilation of a person’s criminal history. This includes, how many times and on what charges a person has been arrested by which law enforcement agency. It also has other information including convictions, acquittals, charges pressed, charges dropped and parole or probation violation records, etc. In addition to above mentioned records, information about a person’s height, weight, eye and hair color, identifying marks, different names used by the person, different dates of birth, social security numbers used, fingerprint classification, race, and state and federal identification numbers are also provided in the list. This record is used by the judiciary to determine the eligibility for parole. <br><br>

In the United States, such lists are prepared by the state and federal law enforcement agencies. While cops and other law enforcement agencies use such records to identify and locate possible suspects in unsolved cases, potential employers also use such lists to determine a person’s character. A criminal record starts, when a person is arrested for the first in connection with a crime. A person can even have his/her record expunged by applying in a court. But, it ultimately depends on the judiciary whether to wipe out your record or not. However, in case of juvenile delinquents, his/her criminal record gets sealed once the child reaches 18. However, it might be kept opened if another crime has been committed. This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions on criminal records, their usefulness and laws associated with them.<br><br>

My son served a three years probation as he was charged with armed robbery. His attorney suggested a guilty plea. He was not aware of the robbery but just gave the main suspect a ride. Now he is not getting a job. How can I get his criminal record expunged?<br>

 

Generally, records with minor offenses and non-convictions can be expunged, provided charges are dropped. In your case, if your son has no role in the robbery other than giving the man a ride unknowingly, you can apply to the state for pardon. As far as the background checks are concerned, your son’s criminal record might still stand, but a pardon granted by the state will help him to get a job, because the potential employer would be under the impression that your son has changed and is trying to better himself. This apart, you should ask a criminal lawyer who could assist you to check your state law, whether there is certain protection to prevent employers discriminating against a person based on his/her criminal record. Not all states have this protection.<br><br>

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