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Officials create ‘one-stop shop’ to expunge criminal records at Alexandria Courthouse

(Left to right) Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter, Sheriff Sean Casey and Clerk of Circuit Court Greg Parks outside the Alexandria Courthouse (courtesy photo)

Getting your criminal record expunged in Alexandria just got a lot easier.

Alexandria Sheriff Sean Casey, Clerk of Circuit Court Greg Parks, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter announced today that their offices have coordinated efforts to create a “one-stop, limited cost, process for all those seeking expungements of Alexandria court and police records.”

The expungement process can now be completed for free at the Alexandria Courthouse (520 King Street), and are granted when the petitioner was acquitted of an incident, the charge was not prosecuted or if the petitioner was granted an absolute pardon.

“I am committed to ensuring that all Alexandrians have fair access to the expungement process, and waiving the service of process and its fee will remove one barrier to those seeking to clear their records,” Porter said in a release.

Expungements are handled in the clerk’s office. When a record is expunged, the record is removed from public access and sealed for three years, after which it is destroyed.

“I am extremely pleased to have the support of Sheriff Casey and Commonwealth’s Attorney Porter in making the expungement process more convenient, and in limiting the out-of-pocket expenses for applicants,” Parks said.

As part of the agreement, the Sheriff’s Office will take fingerprints at the courthouse at no cost to the petitioner.

“Fingerprinting is critical to the expungement process, and the Sheriff’s Office will provide that service to Alexandrians at no cost to make the process easier and faster,” Casey said.

An expungement clinic was conducted last year, resulting in more than 30 criminal charges expunged. Another clinic is anticipated for “early this year,” according to the three offices.

Applicants can get assistance from the Alexandria Bar Association‘s lawyer referral service for $55.

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