It is possible for you to have a criminal record because of mistaken identity or identity theft. This can occur when:
- Someone lied and used your identity during an arrest, citation, or conviction;
- A prosecutor mistakenly filed charges against someone else in your name; or
- A court mistakenly used your name with a conviction.
If this has happened, you are a victim of criminal identity theft and you can file a Petition for Correction and Sealing of an Arrest and Conviction Record Due to Identity Theft.
The process for clearing your record in this situation is not the same as the process for expungement. See the Clerk of the Circuit Court where your identity was stolen for specific instructions on how to file an identity theft petition.
Updated: August 2017