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expungement means the criminal history record is physically destroyed, and can't be accessed. the clerk of court still retain a copy of the expunged record, but it is inaccessible to the public - but an individual who has a criminal record expunged must still reveal that record in certain circumstances
AZ law allows the person who is the subject of a criminal history record that is expunged may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the expunged record, except when the subject of the record
1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency
2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution
3. Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief for expungement
4. Is a candidate for admission to The Arizona Bar