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Can I get a record expunged for shoplifting that happened when

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Can I get a record expunged for shoplifting that happened when I was 19 years old, I'm 58 now?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 3 years ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Expungements in Virginia are only available to those who had charges dismissed, received not guilty findings, or who have, if convicted, received an "absolute pardon" from the Governor. So, in your case, since you did have a conviction, you would first have to file for and receive the referenced pardon before you could apply for an expungement.

You can see an example of what your petition for expungement after the pardon would look like by going to:

You can find out more about filing for an absolute pardon by going to:

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 3 years ago.
Hello again,

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