Dismissals & Dismissed Charges
Expungements and Dismissals are very different paths to an end, and the end is not the same for each of those paths.
An Expungement is a legal process, which occurs after a conviction. See Expungement Process.
A Dismissal is also a legal process, but it occurs before a conviction. Ideally, your criminal defense attorney will seek and achieve a dismissal of charges against you prior to the preliminary hearing or trial.
If your criminal defense attorney isn't able to achieve a dismissal prior to trial, she or he will - if possible - move the court for a dismissal during the trial.
adjudication of charges
A dismissal can occur during plea negotiations, at any time before trial, during a trial or at the conclusion of a trial even as part of the verdict. Regardless of when the dismissal occurs, the public record will show that the person was charged with the crime unless the court orders the record to be expunged.
criminal defense attorneys
If you have been charged with a crime and believe the charges were incorrect, contact a criminal defense attorney. If you were convicted and believe that you qualify for an Expungement, contact a criminal defense attorney who handles Expungements.