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If you did not have a conviction you could apply for an expungement. Here are the requirements for an expungement?
1. A person who was acquitted or whose criminal charges are dismissed. Persons acquitted or dismissed by reason of insanity and records of adjudications of mental incompetence to stand trial in cases in which physical or mental injury or an attempt to commit physical or mental injury occurred are not eligible. Iowa Statutes § 692.17. 2. A juvenile who has reached twenty-one years of age, unless the juvenile was convicted of or pled guilty to a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or felony between age eighteen and age twenty-one. Iowa Statutes § 692.17. 3. Upon discharge from probation, a person whose judgment has been deferred under section 907.3. Iowa Statutes § 907.9. 4. After two years from the of conviction of public intoxication, a person who has had no other criminal convictions, other than simple misdemeanor violations of chapter 321 during the two-year period. Iowa Statutes § 123.46.
A pardon by the Governor restores your civil rights. Here is a link to the application:
here is a link to free forms and more information on a pardon:
I would encourage you to have a lawyer handle this for you since it is complicated and it requires political networking as well.
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