Expungement of charges differs from a dismissal of charges. If charges are dismissed, the person is not charged with that particular crime. Necessarily, then, a dismissal takes place prior to a verdict; conversely, an Expungement, if granted, takes place after a conviction and after the convicted person completes the sentence.
adjudication of charges
If criminal charges against a person are dismissed by the court, the original charges will still appear on the person's public record (often referred to as a criminal record). A dismissal can occur during plea negotiations, at any time before trial, during a trial or at the conclusion of a trial even as part of the verdict. Regardless of when the dismissal occurs, the public record will show that the person was charged with the crime unless the court orders the record to be expunged.
An Expungement, if granted, occurs after the person has been charged with the crime after the case has been adjudicated (tried) in court, after the verdict has been rendered by the jury or judge, and after the convicted person has completed the sentence imposed by the court.
criminal defense attorneys
If you have been charged with a crime and believe the charges were incorrect, contact a criminal defense attorney. If you were convicted and believe that you qualify for an Expungement, contact a criminal defense attorney who handles Expungements.