If you've heard the term expungement, but aren't quite sure what it means, you're not alone. It's actually pretty simple - it means the removal of something from your record.
Most of the time, when we talk about an expungement it means the removal of a criminal conviction from your criminal record. In limited circumstances, Kansas and Missouri law also permits the expungement of arrest records.
Once you've had your record expunged, no information about the arrest or conviction can be disclosed to any parties, subject to specific exceptions - such as if you apply to be a police officer or work for a court in the future.
Criminal Convictions, Juvenile Adjudications, and Arrest Records can all be subject to expungement under Kansas and Missouri law. Certain convictions, like Murder, cannot be expunged.
Expungements are filed and hearings are litigated in the court where your conviction occurred.
Unfortunately, yes. The State has the option to oppose anyone's attempt to have their record expunged. If the prosecutor chooses to fight your expungement, you or your attorney will have to argue for it in front of a judge.