Having your criminal record expunged means to have it removed from the files of the Department of Court Records, Criminal Division, and other criminal justice agencies. An expungement ensures that your criminal history will not affect your ability to own a gun and won’t appear on background checks, which is very important when applying for jobs and colleges or even housing. 

Under most circumstances, charges that resulted in a conviction cannot be expunged. However, in cases in which some or all of the charges against you were withdrawn or dismissed, you are eligible for a full or partial expungement of your criminal record.