Expunging a Record

Criminal Record


If your criminal record affects work-related background checks, you have a few options. You are welcome to call Branstad Law for assistance in requesting expungement.


Not Guilty or Dismissed charges.


If prior dismissed charges are following you around, you can request expungement of those charges if certain conditions are met:

·        The charges were dismissed or the defendant was acquitted of the charge.

·        All court costs, fees and ordered financial obligations are paid.

·        At least one hundred eighty days have passed since entry of the judgment of acquittal or of the order dismissing the case (as long as the dismissal was not due to a finding of insanity and the defendant was not found incompetent).

If expunged, the charge becomes a confidential record exempt from public access.