Q: I was charged with drug abuse for picking up a pot pipe that was not mine. 4 years ago. I cant get a job. How can I get
this expunged? It was a pay out ticket. I paid it but did not sign it because it read that if I signed it I would be admitting guilt.
A: It appears that you were convicted of drug paraphernalia, a 4th degree misdemeanor. You must wait at least 1 year to expunge your record and not commit any further criminal acts. The process for having your criminal record expunged by obtaining a final order of conviction from the clerk of courts begins by obtaining a certified copy of the Judgment Order of Conviction. They should be able to give you a certified copy for a small fee. Make sure you have the case number. Fill out the two forms they will send you ("Application for Sealing of a Criminal Record" and "Judgment Entry for Sealing"). Make 3 copies of these forms, have about $50 on hand, and give the copies to the clerk of courts. The court will set a hearing date and be prepared to show up to court and tell the judge your story. The judge has the discretion as to whether your application will be granted.
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