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Having a Virginia criminal charge that was otherwise dismissed appear on your criminal record can have adverse consequences to your reputation, obtaining employment, maintaining employment, security clearance, immigration consequences, ability to obtain credit, certain licensures, and more.  Even if you were not convicted of the criminal charge, having the arrest on your record can negatively impact your future. If you are facing such a situation, your best course of action is to work with a Fairfax expungement lawyer. John Kassabian has been helping with Fairfax County expungements for many years and he may be able to help you too.

Under certain circumstances, individuals may petition the court to have their criminal record, public court records, police reports and electronic records expunged. Since crimes are treated seriously by Virginia courts, having arrest and court records expunged is a procedural process that should be drafted and filed properly the first time so that re-filing fees and wasted time are avoided. With the right attorney, you can make a strong case for expungement of police and court records. Our expungement lawyer has successfully worked with various clients on their expungement petitions. To learn more about your case, contact Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C. for a free consultation.


Understanding what expungement means is crucial to deciding if working with a Virginia expungement lawyer is the right option for you. When a charge is properly expunged, the court and police record regarding the charge are erased from public view. The means your employer, landlord, bank, the military or other entity who may be conducting a background check, should not be able to view or obtain records that you were charged with a criminal offense.  When your criminal record is expunged, the criminal charge is removed from your record by the Virginia State Police Department. Having no visible record will ensure you have a better chance of obtaining employment, obtaining a security clearance, housing, and more. To find out more about the expungement process, or to schedule a free consultation with an expungement lawyer in Fairfax, contact Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C.


Virginia courts do not make it easy under all circumstances to qualify for an expungement. Virginia Code Section 19.2-392.2 outlines the circumstances in which you may be able to have your criminal record expunged:

  • You are acquitted
  • The prosecutor takes a nolle prosequi
  • The case is otherwise dismissed
  • You are a victim of identity theft and the criminal used your identity to commit the crime
  • You are convicted for a crime you did not commit
  • You are convicted of a crime but later receive a full pardon

It is rare that people who were convicted of a criminal offense receive an expungement; that usually only comes after receiving a full pardon. If you were not convicted of a criminal charge and fit one of the above qualifications, you may be eligible for expungement.


Many people want to know: how long does expungement take in Virginia? The answer is that it depends. By working with a good expungement lawyer serving Fairfax, the process is more likely to go quickly. To apply for an expungement, you must first file a petition in the circuit court. The petition must contain certain identifying and other relevant information regarding the charge. The petition must include any necessary and certified documents for each respective charge or disposition. Filing a petition with the circuit court comes with a filing fee. You will then need to serve a copy of the petition on the Attorney for the Commonwealth of the city or county in which the petition is filed, in addition to providing a copy of the petition to the local law enforcement agency who will complete a set of the petitioner's fingerprints.

Next, the local law enforcement agency will submit the petitioner's fingerprint card to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) with a copy of the petition for expungement. The CCRE will then provide under seal to the circuit court a copy of the petitioner's criminal history. Next, you will need to docket a hearing date with the circuit court to have your petition heard. There is good news in that based on a relatively recent amendment to Virginia Code Section 19.2-392.2(L), upon the Court's approval of the request for expungement, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office will refund you the filing fees associated with the expungement request. The expungement process can appear somewhat complicated. Choosing a skilled Virginia expungement attorney to handle the expungement of your court and criminal record can help in making this process smooth and the outcome successful.


If you are applying for expungement, don't take the process lightly! Our Fairfax expungement attorney John Kassabian is dedicated to helping clients protect their rights in court and fight to have criminal charges diminished or dismissed. John can help you determine if you qualify for expungement, guide you through the process and present a compelling case for why the criminal charge and record should be expunged. Contact John today at (703) 750-3622 to get started.

Take the first step in bettering your court and criminal record. Contact Fairfax expungement attorney John Kassabian for a free consultation. (703) 750-3622.

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