Expungements and Pardons are the two ways to get your records cleared. Expungements are used for clearing records of arrests, charges, and criminal dockets off the public record when you have not been convicted. They can also be used to clear many summary convictions off the public record. Pardons are what people seek when they want to clear the public record of convictions. If you have a record, even of an arrest and dropped charges, that information will be out in the public record for all who know how to look for them. This dramatically increases the chances that you will not be hired when looking for employment. If you have a criminal record, you owe it to yourself to talk to an attorney for free to discuss your options.