What is a felony?

A felony is a crime where the felon is sentenced for the punishment of one year or more. A felony relates to crimes like battery, aggravated assault, arson, murder, fraud, rape, grand theft, kidnapping, treason, tax evasion, burglary, torture, robbery, espionage, embezzlement, illegal drug sales and more.

A felony is not limited only to the above mentioned crimes. The person, who is convicted for an involvement in a felony, is called a felon. Felony records basically give you information on an individual’s criminal record report, such as when was the warrant issued, why the individual was arrested, what are the accusations, what was the judgment given, what punishment was sentenced, and all the personal details of the individual, including any past history of crimes.

Once an individual is convicted of any of the above crimes, this conviction will be recorded in the individual’s personal criminal record. A personal criminal record has the complete criminal history report of an individual, and such felony records are kept with the courts. This information is also available online for all the states. You need however to be careful while extracting the information, so that you will be sure that the information that you are collecting, is being taken from authentic websites. Once a felony is proved and the person is recorded in the felony records or criminal record report, this is for life and cannot be removed.

Expunge criminal records

Now, though it is true that a felony is a felony for life, there are exceptions to this and these exceptions vary within different states. These exceptions refer to cases where there is a possibility to expunge criminal records. Expunge criminal records in short means that a crime is considered as if no such criminal record existed.

Expunging a felony and thus removing the criminal history report from felony records, is not that easy. To prove that no such felony existed first of all depends on how lucrative the states laws are, in the area under which its jurisdiction falls.

Normally, expunging is done in cases where the crime is not a very serious offense, and when the personal criminal record is called for a background check on an individual, and if the nature of felony does not affect the social cause, as well as the purpose, of the free background check. For example if the background check is for a job and the hiring party is a trading company, and the applicant has a past felony record of abusing children, then expunging of such a criminal record is possible.