If you are seeking an Iowa expungement please review the expungement overview below. Check back often or Sign Up for an email alert when the Iowa Expungement Kit is ready.
Requirement(s) to qualify for an expungement in the state:
Are you a first offenders and successfully completed probation? Or has it been 5 years from sentencing and have you fully completed your sentence, including probation and payment of all fines? If Yes, You are eligible.
- A person who was acquitted or whose criminal charges are dismissed.
- A juvenile who has reached twenty-one years of age, unless the juvenile was convicted of or pled guilty to a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or felony between age eighteen and age twenty-one.
- Upon discharge from probation, a person whose judgment has been deferred under section 907.3. Iowa Statutes § 907.9.
- After two years from the conviction of public intoxication, a person who has had no other criminal convictions, other than simple misdemeanor violations during the two-year period.
Additional restrictions on who can qualify for an expungement
If the incident as charged in the Disciplinary Notice is dismissed, the disciplinary records of that incident shall be expunged from the offender's file. I f an offender is found not guilty of an alleged rule violation, the disciplinary report is removed from all of the offender's files.
The person has not been subsequently convicted of a felony or an aggravated or serious misdemeanor or adjudicated a delinquent child for an act which if committed by an adult would be a felony, an aggravated misdemeanor or a serious misdemeanor and no proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication.
Does the law provide for sealing? What are the requirements?
If the person was adjudicated delinquent for an offense which if committed by an adult would be an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony, the court shall not order the records in the case sealed unless, upon application of the person or upon the court's own motion and after hearing, the court finds that the sealing is in the best interests of the person and the public.
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 expungement.
The effect of an expungement is that one's criminal record of arrest and/or conviction is erased and legally deemed not to have occurred
No. The records cannot be accessed for general law enforcement or civil use. Fingerprint cards received that are used to establish a criminal history data record shall be retained in the automated fingerprint identification system when the criminal history data record is expunged. In the case of a juvenile, criminal history data and source documents, other than fingerprint records, shall not be retained. Criminal history data may be collected for management or research purposes.
Arrest or disposition data or custody or adjudication data, custody or adjudication data after the juvenile has reached twenty-one years of age unless the juvenile was convicted of or pled guilty to a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or felony between age eighteen and age twenty-one, fingerprint cards received that are used to establish a criminal history data record shall be expunged.
If judgment has been deferred under section 907.3, the court's criminal record with reference to the deferred judgment shall be expunged. The record maintained by the state court administrator as required by section 907.4 shall not be expunged.
Court records of conviction for public intoxication may be expunged if conditions meet.
Are you eligible for an Iowa Expungement? Most crimes can be expunged. For a description of the crimes that cannot be expunged, click here .
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