If you are seeking a Vermont
expungement please review the expungement overview below.
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Requirement(s) to qualify for an expungement in the state:
- Persons who complete the terms of probation and of the deferred sentence agreement and are discharged by the court
- A child who has been adjudicated delinquent or in need of care or supervision, or a person pleading guilty or convicted of a crime before reaching the age of majority may petition for sealing records after two years from their final discharge. They must not have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or adjudicated delinquent or in need of care or supervision after such initial adjudication and prior to the hearing and have no proceeding pending seeking such conviction or adjudication. They also must have been rehabilitated to the court's satisfaction.
- A juvenile who successfully completed the terms of the juvenile disposition order and has been rehabilitated may have their records expunged
Additional restrictions on who can qualify for an expungement
When criminal proceedings are discharged, and any required restitution is fully paid, you are eligible for expungement.
Expungement will be granted as a matter of law and no petition to the court is required.
To expunge juvenile records, a petition for expungement needs to be made to the court
Does the law provide for sealing? What are the requirements?
The sealing of delinquency and conviction records relating to offenses committed by a person under the age of 18; With respect to delinquency records, the act removes the requirement that a person apply to seal his or her delinquency record. For delinquencies committed on or after July 1, 1996, the record will be sealed automatically provided that two years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person, the person has not been convicted of a listed crime or adjudicated delinquent of such an offense after such initial adjudication, and no proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication; and the person's rehabilitation has been attained to the satisfaction of the court. If a person was adjudicated delinquent before July 1, 1996, he or she may apply to have the files and records sealed. After notice to all parties of record and hearing, the court will order the sealing of all files and records related to the proceeding if it finds that the person has not been convicted of a listed crime or adjudicated delinquent for such an offense after such initial adjudication, and no new proceeding is pending seeking such conviction or adjudication and the person's rehabilitation has been attained to the satisfaction of the court. What does it mean if you have a record expunged or sealed? (i.e., can you legally deny the conviction or arrest? Does anyone have access to the sealed/expunged records? Are they destroyed?)
In Vermont , expungement is a sealing of records. Upon entry of an order sealing files and records, the proceedings in the matter shall be considered never to have occurred, all index references thereto shall be deleted, and the person, the court, and law enforcement officers and departments shall reply to any request for information that no record exists with respect to such person upon inquiry in any matter.
When a record is expunged, the record is not destroyed but removed from public access and sealed.
Fingerprints of juveniles not convicted of any crime or found delinquent before they reach age 16 may be expunged. When expungement is granted, apply to records, files, and index references related to the expunged court involvement.
Are you eligible for a Vermont Expungement?
Most crimes can be expunged. For a description of the
crimes that cannot be expunged, click
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