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Frequently Asked Questions

A Pardon is an official statement of forgiveness by the Governor. It does not erase your criminal record, however, it changes the convictions found on your criminal record from guilty to “pardoned”.
An expungement seals a criminal record, so that it does not appear on state-run background checks.
If you have an adult conviction, you are most likely not eligible for an expungement. However, you may become eligible for an expungement only if you successfully receive a pardon for your adult misdemeanor conviction.
A: DE will not seal a record automatically after any amount of years.
No, unfortunately Delaware does not automatically seal one’s Juvenile Record when the individual turns 18. In Delaware, you must apply to Family Court first.
No, the state of Delaware can only pardon/expunge Delaware state offenses only.
‘Nolle Prosequi’ means ‘we shall no longer prosecute’, therefore it is not a conviction.
Yes, your arrest history is also documented on DE state-run background checks.
Due to the overwhelming amount of applicants, it may take well over a year for the entire pardon process.
Under current law you may be able to receive a pardon or an expungement for your felony conviction.

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