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Being arrested or convicted of a crime can create barriers to getting a job, a professional license or a place to live.
That mistake, no matter how hard a person has worked since, is hard to get past. Expungements and pardons help remove these obstacles. Not everyone can qualify, but our fatherhood programs encourage men to learn what’s possible.
Understanding criminal records
A criminal record generally includes all arrests, charges, convictions and non-convictions that have ever happened to a person.
Not all crimes can be expunged from your record. You can apply for expungement without a lawyer’s help. But expungement can be complicated –and South Carolina expungements only erase South Carolina charges and conviction. Learn more about the types of expungement, requirements and how to apply.
Pardons and expungements are not the same, though people often confuse them. A pardon is the forgiveness of the state. If you don’t meet expungement requirements, you may file for a pardon. You don’t have to have a lawyer to do so.