When a judge grants your petition for expungement law enforcement will be ordered to keep your criminal record private, however the record will not be destroyed. You will be able to deny the offense occurred when dealing with the general public, however, there are certain limited circumstances when your expunged record can be used by governmental agencies in the future if you are involved in any criminal proceeding. Additionally, there are some governmental agencies that are exempt from the expungement order, such as the Real Estate Commission and the Department of Insurance, who cannot be compelled by the court to update their records.