Answered on Aug 09th, 2011 at 2:07 PM
As you found, expungement does not clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. Yes, your criminal record will always show what happened; that is the whole point of "records". It is permanently maintained on the federal and state DOJ databases, not just on the local court's. Unless and until you get the state and federal legislatures to change the laws, nothing can be done to actually 'clear' it. However, you should consider getting the conviction expunged; which would help in obtaining and keeping employment. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged.