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Criminal Records

Whenever an individual is arrested, the arrest and any subsequent conviction are recorded in their criminal record. A criminal record is a list of past crimes of which an individual has been convicted. It includes arrests, charges pending, and charges of which an individual has been cleared.

Criminal record reports are maintained and updated on the local, state, and federal levels by various law enforcement agencies. They maintain these records for the purposes of identification, employment, security clearance, immigration, assistance in the development of suspects for ongoing investigations, and for enhanced sentencing in criminal prosecutions. The last is very important because subsequent convictions for the same crime frequently carry with them harsher penalties, like DWI convictions.

Frequently, law enforcement agencies maintain individual databases. Although they are maintained by individual agencies, the reports and databases are commonly shared with other similar enforcement agencies. This makes it easier, sometimes, for law enforcement agencies to develop a suspect for a crime.

In addition to being available to other agencies, criminal records are frequently available to the general public. In fact, most information concerning an individual’s arrest record can be found online. The only people who are generally not subject to having their criminal record aired online and to the general public are juveniles. Juvenile records are frequently sealed.

While it may seem like a good idea to have criminals’ records available to the general public, individuals with minor infractions are also subject to this. This makes it difficult, sometimes, for people to gain employment. Individuals with minor infractions are frequently eligible to have their record sealed or cleared via an expunction.

If you have been cleared of a charge or been charged with a Class C misdemeanor and would like your record cleared, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to discuss the process of expunction.

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