Our new tool allows you to expunge cases and determine eligibility directly in Maryland's Judiciary Case Search. This is done through the use of a Chrome Extension. The tool is free and can be downloaded on Google's Chrome Extension Store. It is designed for attorneys and intake staff who need to frequently lookup or expunge criminal records. If you are someone looking to expunge your own record, please ues this website and not this new tool.
After installing the Chrome Extension, simply navigate on Maryland's Judiciary Case Search to the case you want to expunge. Click the new blue Mdexpungement button on the top right of your Chrome Browser. That will bring up a little window, explaining whether the case is likely eligible or not. Click "Add Case" and click print to print all the forms you need. You can add as many cases as you would like. The new tool will also add the tracking number of the case to the results page as well as changing the color of the case numbers you've already looked at to the color of their eligibility. This allows you to easily find other related cases (through the tracking number) as well as being able to identify the cases you've already looked at.
To learn more, click on the video to the right.
The Young Lawyers Section of the MSBA have partnered up with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to create new training videos in virtual reality. They are filmed with a 360 degree camera allowing the user to put on a virtual reality headset and be "in" the courtroom watching a hearing take place.
For expungement they create two videos. The first is what to do if your petition is objected to by the State's Attorney because there is no evidence of Marijuana amount. The second video is what to do if you are attempting to expunge your record early for "good cause". Click on the videos below and use your mouse to drag the screen around.
See all the 360 videos by clicking here.
These videos do not constitute legal advice.
If you don't know your case number you can find it on the the Maryland Public Case Search website. If you just want to see how it works type "Example" as the case number.
Your case will be instantly pulled from the Maryland Case Search Website. If your case is expungeable you will have the ability to update any outdated information.
Print, sign, and file the forms with the Courthouse.
Expungement law has many nuances and exceptions but in general, every case EXCEPT ones in which you were found Guilty are expungeable. Certain dispositions like STET and Probation Before Judgement (PBJ) have minimum waiting periods before you can file for expungement.
To learn more about expungement law click here.
Cases in which you were formally charged, except for certain traffic cases, are not automatically expunged. In order to get an expungement you must formally ask the court to expunge your record.
A majority of all criminal cases each year are expungeable. Baltimore City District Courts in 2014 had an expungeable case rate of about 72%. If we use that same rate for all the cases in Maryland it means there were 121,414 expungeable cases created in 2014! Despite all the beneficial reasons to get an expungement, we are still creating more expungeable cases then we are expunging. In 2014 the Baltimore City District Court produced about 19,409 expungeable cases. However, there were only 6,606 expungement petitions filed in Baltimore City District Court. To learn more about expungement statistics click here.
Employers will discriminate against people with criminal records. Especially when the charge is a theft or drug charge.
Most university's require applicants to disclose prior criminal history. After your record has been expunged you do not have to disclose it.
Most landlords will look up a persons record before renting to them.
Having a record can even hurt your ability to get credit.
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Automatic record expungement was the idea of Matthew Stubenberg, Esq. the President of Maryland Legal Apps, LLC. The website creates a simple and efficient way to determine the expungability of a case and to automatically fill out the necessary forms.
Matthew Stubenberg is now the IT Director at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.
A special thanks to Phil Smith for programming assistance and Mary-Denise Davis with the Office of the Public Defender.