Giving someone a second chance when they have made a mistake is called forgive and forget in our society. In our legal system, it is called expungement.

Expungement is a legal procedure by which any records of a specific charge against an individual are sealed. For example, if you’ve been convicted of a crime, you may be able to file a motion to have the records of those charges “expunged,” or removed, from all legal records.

According to Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 431.076 (6), “After the expungement, the proceedings in the matter shall be deemed never to have occurred. The court and other agencies shall delete or remove the records from their computer systems so that any official state-performed background check will indicate that the records do not exist.”

While expungement is not an option for every charge or conviction, it is well worth exploring in order to clear your record and resume your life as if the conviction never happened.

It makes sense to consult with an attorney like Eric Ray, who is familiar with Kentucky’s expungement laws and who can advise you on the best course of action.