Expungement is a legal process which allows for a criminal record can be sealed or destroyed. In most cases, records of an arrest or conviction are not expunged automatically and remain as public records. Expungement can be done after the expiration of a certain time period, when a person was unlawfully arrested or has not been criminally convicted. Benefits to expungements are numerous. An expunged record allows an individual to legally assert that he or she has no criminal history when seeking a job, housing or professional license. It is a common practice of employers, educational institutions or governmental agencies to search and look up public records of individuals to reveal conviction or arrest. Internet has made access of public information even easier; therefore, it has become increasingly important to expunge or seal records.