Automatic Expungement vs. Applying for Expungement
One of the most common misconceptions about automatic expungement is that it’s available right now. This is not the case. The state needs time to develop a system that can handle the volume of automatic expungements, which means that automatic expungement won’t be available until at least April 11th, 2023.
Additionally, the waiting period for misdemeanors and felonies to be automatically expunged is seven (7) to 10 years, whereas it’s a much shorter three (3) to seven (7) year waiting period should you apply for expungement. (Three  years for misdemeanors, five  years for 1 felony, and seven  years for multiple felonies.)
Under automatic expungement, only two (2) felonies and four (4) misdemeanors can be expunged, significantly less than the number eligible expungement starting April 11, 2021. Of those eligible for automatic expungement, only a handful of offenses qualify.
Waiting for automatic expungement means that you will miss out on the many immediate benefits for expunging your record with an attorney.