About every week or two someone appears in the law library and wants to know how he can get a conviction off his record. Since the law librarian cannot tell him (UPL), I'll step up and tell the guy that once you're convicted in Virginia you stay convicted.
I used to wonder where these people got the idea that convictions could be made to go away. Now I know.
I must admit I was a bit shocked when I moved to Ohio where they *gasp* ELECT judges, and they don't do expungement. In MA, from whence I came, there are entire law practices devoted to expungement. It seems it is a harder process in MA than in MI, but still possible, especially for first offenses.
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