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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.I suggest that if you want to be eligible to have the matter expunged and sealed, you will first need to apply for and be granted a Governor's Pardon/Clemency. The Pardon will make you eligible to then Petition the court for the expungment and sealing of the court records and any arrest records. But they are two separate processes. And the Pardon does not Guarantee you will be expunged but it only makes you eligible to take the next step to Petition the court of conviction for it.Here is the Link so you can review the information for applying for the Pardon. Keep in mind you can apply for the Pardon on your own without the assistance of a local attorney. And many times, when you can show that the conviction is hindering your ability to get employment it is often granted.You do not ever have to have been on Parole or Probation, though the application is reviewed by the Parole Board for consideration and then passed onto the Governor for their approval.Please let me know if you have other questions in this regard. Keep in mind, I can only answer and provide information for what you ask. I do not know what you need to know, unless you tell me. Please rate positive as this is how I get credit for my time and information.Thank you