How It Works

Clean Slate uses technology to seal certain criminal records from public view. Arrest records will be sealed after charges are dropped and some minor conviction records will be sealed after 10 years. 

Automated sealing began on June 28, 2019. By June 27, 2020, over 30 million cases will be sealed, without the cost of filing petitions in court. That’s more than half of the charges in the court’s database.

According to a recent study, only 6.5% of people eligible for record clearing filed petitions. Automated sealing addresses this “second chance gap” by sealing records when people don’t have access to lawyers, can’t afford filing fees or don’t know that their record is eligible.

The Clean Slate law means that if you committed a crime and you were arrested but never convicted, your record could be wiped clean. So when you interview with a prospective employer, you can say “I don’t have a criminal record,” because you don’t — it’s gone from public view.

Before the law took effect if a person applied for a job, the employer could go online and look up one’s criminal records and they can use that information — for convictions, for misdemeanors and felonies — to determine if they’re going to hire them.

Who does this apply to?

Those with summary offenses, non-violent misdemeanors like a DUI or buying marijuana, or crimes they were arrested for and never convicted of — and have not had other charges within ten years — will have their records sealed automatically under the law.

Check out for more information about the types of convictions that can be expunged.


At The Shelton Firm, we offer legal services ranging from Traffic Ticket Defense, Criminal Defense, DUI, Personal Injury, Automobile Accidents, and Divorce and Separation Issues. We also handle Expungements and Criminal record Sealing.

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