Is it possible to obtain legal records that show only convictions and exclude expunged and dismissed offenses?

I won a nationally competitive scholarship. I have to submit details of any misdemeanor conviction I’ve ever had. I submitted my driving on a suspended license charge to them, and, though they said that it won’t be an issue, want documentation of the offense. I was originally arrested for DUI 5 years ago but most of the charges were dismissed, and the remaining 2 were set aside pursuant last year. I would like to obtain a copy of my records stating my suspended license conviction, and nothing else.

Asked on June 6, 2012 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to speak to an attorney to see what appears on your record. Your record may still include the dismissed charges but keep in mind that unless these records are expunged, it may still appear on your record as a dismissal. The attorney will help you to recognize whether these charges will be reported or are already reported and whether you need to amend your application to show the dismissal. Talk with the police department to see if a limited record can be produced regarding your license suspension.


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