While having a charge dismissed is often the best possible outcome, it is also true that the charge itself remains on a defendant’s criminal record. For individuals whose records are constantly being assessed (for instance, those applying to grad school or seeking employment), the mere presence of a criminal charge can be dire.

If misdemeanor or non-violent felony charges have been brought against you and later dismissed, you may be eligible for an expungement of your criminal record. Then, when a third party runs a background check, they will not be able to see anything about the charge, or even the charge itself.