In limited circumstances you may be able to petition for an expunction immediately upon the dismissal of your case. Orders of expunction typically require a statutory waiting period before you can apply. These statutory waiting periods can vary dramatically based on the type of case you were arrested for and how that arrest was disposed. Your attorney will be able to gather all necessary facts from your case and advise you if and/or when you would be able to file for an expunction. The process of obtaining an expunction alone can take up to six months before the records of your case are permanently removed.
Protect your name. If you are eligible for an expunction, you should seek an attorney to help you pursue the opportunity to clear your record.