Whether or not you have a criminal record can have a huge impact on many different aspects of life. A criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, housing, admission into school, and effect many other aspects of your life.
Just because your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty of a crime does not mean that you have a Clean Record.
When you are charged with a crime, the charging officer turns a copy of the paperwork over to the Clerk of Court where a file is set up both as a hard copy and electronically. When your case is over, even if you are found not guilty or your case was dismissed, there is still a “Record” on file that can be accessed by employers, educators, landlords, etc.. However, an expungment is a court order that requires everything to be destroyed and erased so that it cannot be viewed or accessed by anyone.
There are some cases that can be expunged even though you were found guilty.