In Kentucky, your criminal record may be expunged -- that is, erased or sealed -- under the circumstances described below. If your record is expunged, it will be hidden from public view and, in most cases, you will not have to disclose that you were arrested or convicted of a crime.
If you were arrested -- or arrested and charged -- but not convicted of a crime, you can petition to have the related record expunged if:
The dismissal or acquittal must not be in exchange for a guilty plea to another offense, and you may not have any other charges or proceedings pending that relate to the record you are seeking to expunge.
You can file your petition after waiting 60 days from the time of dismissal or acquittal.
(Kentucky Statutes § 431.076.)
If you were convicted of a criminal misdemeanor or violation -- or multiple misdemeanors or violations arising from a single incident -- the related records may be eligible for expungement five years after you complete your probation or sentence.
Your records are not be eligible for expungement if:
(Kansas Statutes § 431.078.)
The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky offers an interactive, online form to help you file for expungement. Before you use the form, however, you should carefully read the organization’s Criminal Records Expungement FAQ.
If you have any questions about cleaning up your criminal record that aren’t answered by Kentucky Legal Aid, you should contact a qualified criminal law attorney. A good lawyer can assess your personal circumstances and help you get the results you want.