One of the moments when you are very likely to end up having to go through a background check is when you are applying for a new job. Your potential employer is very likely to have you go through this process as a simple way of checking to see what kind of job candidate you are. Ideally, they want someone who has proven that they are responsible and does not have a criminal record of any kind. Thus, you need your slate to be clean if you want to get the best job possible.
The WSP provides a checklist to get your records expunged. After a two-year waiting period has elapsed and you have a final disposition of your arrest, you may proceed as follows:
If your case was dismissed and your dismissal was entered after diversion or after deferral (includes other deferrals), you are not eligible for deletion with WSP.
If your case resulted in one of the following: guilty, vacated, bail forfeiture, pardoned, or not guilty by reason of insanity, you are not eligible for deletion with WSP.
If your case was dropped, no charge was filed, you were found not guilty, the prosecution declined, you were released with no charge, the case was stricken, you were acquitted, and none of the following applies to you:
A prior gross misdemeanor conviction, A prior felony conviction
Arrests, charges, or convictions during the intervening period — Intervening period is from the arrest date requested for expungement to the date the expungement is processed by WSP.
You may request the expungement by completing the WSP Request for Expungement/Deletion of Non-Conviction Records.