Expungement Attorneys in Alaska
Expungement in Alaska
Alaska is slightly different with its definition of expungement. In Alaska your criminal record does not actually get destroyed like in many other states. Instead, Alaska seals your criminal record from public view. Although the public can no longer view your record, it is still available under certain conditions. Having your record sealed (or expunged in the case of Alaska terminology) is not an easy process in Alaska and eligibility is very strict.
In short, Alaska only allows individuals that have a case of mistaken identity, identity theft, similar mistakes to apply for expungement. This applies equally regardless of misdemeanor or felony convictions. You can apply for a pardon by petitioning the governor. A pardon from the governor does result in the same outcome, your criminal history is sealed from public view. In Alaska a pardon will set aside the conviction making it as if it never occurred. However, expunged or pardoned convictions can be consider prior convictions if you are convicted of another crime in the future, resulting in more serious sentencing guidelines.