Expunging or Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Vermont

Vermont has only a few laws governing the expungement or sealing of adult criminal records. Your record may qualify for expungement or sealing under the circumstances described below.

Deferred sentence and probation. If you completed probation and satisfied all the terms of a deferred sentence agreement, your criminal record may be eligible for expungement. (13 Vermont Statutes Annotated § 7041.)

Sex offenses. If you were convicted of a sex offense and your conviction was reversed and dismissed, the related record may be expunged. (13 Vermont Statutes Annotated § 5413.)

DNA samples. There are a number of situations in which your DNA records may qualify for expungement, including:

  • reversal of your conviction and dismissal of your case
  • pardon
  • reduction of the charges against you from a felony to a misdemeanor, or
  • acquittal.

(20 Vermont Statutes Annotated §§ 1935 and 1940.)

How to File

You must petition for expungement in the District Court where your case was heard. See the Vermont Criminal Information Center website for more information.

Getting Legal Help

Cleaning up a criminal history can be complicated in Vermont. A qualified criminal law attorney can give you advice about your personal situation and may be able to help you file for expungement in cases other than those covered by Vermont’s narrow expungement statutes.

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