Virginia is one of a growing number of states that have enacted laws enabling people with certain criminal histories to have their records expunged.

Virginia has a law in place regarding expungement, but the new law, which takes effect in 2025, broadens the coverage. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor other than DUI or domestic assault or battery, you may petition the court for an expungement. Some felony convictions may cause the court to deny your petition.

Each state determines its own criteria, and in Virginia, the latitude given is broader than in some states.

The reason for these laws is the belief that a person shouldn’t be held back from finding employment because of their past. Especially when a person is charged with a crime and acquitted, or charged with a crime that has no bearing on the job at hand. These laws are also known as “Clean Slate” or “Second Chance” laws.

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