If you are seeking an Arkansas expungement please review the expungement overview below. Check back often or Sign Up for an email alert when the Arkansas Expungement Kit is ready.
Requirement(s) to qualify for an expungement in the state:
- Pardoned criminals, with the exception of those pardoned for offenses against minors, offenses resulting in death or serious injury, and sex offenses.
- First offenders in many criminal, driving, and controlled substance cases who successfully complete terms of probation and payment of all fines.
- Minors pardoned for offenses committed while under 16 years of age.
- A person who is convicted of a nonviolent felony committed while the person was under the age of eighteen.
- A person who successfully completes probation or a commitment to the Department of Correction with judicial transfer to the Department of Community Correction for certain offenses eligible for community punishment placement, and meets the following conditions:
(A) was under the age of twenty-six (26) years at the time of the commission of the felony offense and had no more than one (1) previous felony conviction and that the previous felony was other than a conviction for a capital offense, or murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, first degree rape, kidnapping, or aggravated robbery; or
(B) was over the age of eighteen (18) years and does not have a previous conviction for the offense of delivering controlled substances to a minor, which is prohibited
(C) has no prior felony convictions.
- Any individual who has been charged and arrested for any criminal offense where the charges are subsequently not p-rosecuted (nolle prossed) or dismissed, or the individual is acquitted at trial.
Additional restrictions on who can qualify for an expungement
Expungement follows automatically upon receipt of pardon for all but a few serious offenses: “Upon issuing a pardon, the Governor shall notify the sentencing court, and the court shall issue an order expunging the records relating to the conviction of the person pardoned.”
Does the law provide for sealing? What are the requirements?
When there is no guilty verdict, the all arrest records, petitions, orders, docket sheets, and any other documents relating to the case may be expunged.
What does it mean if you have a record expunged or sealed?
The process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges is an expungement
A person whose record is expunged “shall have all privileges and rights restored, shall be completely exonerated, and the record which has been expunged shall not affect any of his civil rights or liberties, unless otherwise specifically provided for by law.”
"Expunge" is defined to mean that the record shall be sealed, sequestered, and treated as confidential but shall not mean the physical destruction of any records Under Ark. Code, the record is deemed as a matter of law never to have occurred, and the individual may state that no such conduct ever occurred and that no such records exist. Ark. Code provides that unless otherwise provided, "expunge" shall not mean the physical destruction of any records
Are you eligible for an Arkansas Expungement? Most crimes can be expunged. For a description of the crimes that cannot be expunged, click here .
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