What is erasure of criminal records, a/k/a expungement?

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What is erasure of criminal records, a/k/a expungement?

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Technically, there is no such thing as “expungement” of criminal records in the State of Connecticut. There is, however, a process called “erasure of criminal records”. An erasure of criminal records results in all records of a crime being physically destroyed. If you are granted an erasure, you may lawfully swear under oath that you have never been arrested and/or convicted of your erased crime in Connecticut. If you have been granted an absolute pardon, erasure of your criminal record is generally unnecessary because an absolute pardon results in the erasure of your criminal records from public view. Who can get an erasure of criminal records? Erasure of criminal records is available to people who: * were found not guilty or had their charges dismissed * received a pardon for their crimes * disposed of their cases with a nolle prosequi * were convicted on charges that are now decriminalized How do I get an erasure of my criminal records? A formal motion for erasure of criminal record