Everyone makes mistakes...some more serious than others. Even serious mistakes don't always have permanent consequences, but when a crime is involved, they usually do. Each of the 50 states has its own board of pardons, the government entity one turns to in order to have a crime or crimes stricken from the record.
Those receiving such a pardon are no longer stigmatized by their past mistakes or discriminated against in the job market. If you have made an unfortunate mistake in the past, it may not be that difficult to erase most or even all of its ramifications from your record.
Here is a link to information on seeking a pardon in each of the 50 states:
What of Canadians seeking a pardon? Often Canadian citizens are unable to cross the border into the U.S. because of a past indescretion. Since Canadian pardons originate from a central federal agency, it's often advisable to seek professional help.
Here is a link to a Canadian organization that can help with any phase of seeking a pardon:
We hope each of you who seek to clear your public record will have much success.