Records/Record Expungement

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In this Classroom you will learn about the steps you can take in South Carolina to file an expungement.

Start by watching our Clark video below that overviews the expungement process.

Will there be a hearing?

Yes, there will be a hearing.

The hearings generally last no more than twenty (20) minutes. They take place in front of a board of individuals appointed by the Governor of South Carolina. The board usually consists of 7  members, however only 5 out of those 7 need to  agree to grant you a pardon. The decision is usually given to you immediately after the hearing. 

What is a pardon?

A pardon is the state’s forgiveness for your criminal record. When granted, you have been fully forgiven for your convictions listed on the submitted application. A pardon will relieve you from the collateral consequences of your record. However, it is important to note that pardoned charges will still appear on your criminal record, unlike an expunged charge.


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