This is a very good question.   If a charge or conviction is expunged, it is removed from any local, state or federal records.  Even the physical court file at the lower court may be shredded or destroyed. Thus, any job you apply for in the private sector would be unable to see that you were ever charged or convicted. You are entitled to answer "No" if that question comes up on a job application.    (There are very limited exceptions to the rule, such as seeking employment by certain government agencies, etc.  Also, if the charge involved domestic violence, there may be other instances where it can rear its ugly head.  As an example, see my latest entry in "Recent Family Law Cases".