Effective January 1, 2004, people with qualifying arrests and convictions may petition the court of their sentencing county for an expungement or a sealing of their records. Your criminal record can cause many problems in obtaining employment, professional licensing or funding for college. Here is your chance to start over! When your case is expunged or sealed, it becomes off-limits to everybody except law enforcement agencies. It also means that, when you apply for a job, you don't have to disclose that you have been convicted, arrested or charged. If you were: Arrested but never charged; Charged but never prosecuted; Acquitted; Convicted but your conviction was reversed; or Sentenced to supervision, probation or convicted of a qualifying misdemeanor; You may have your record sealed and/or expunged.