Overview Description

Records relating to an individual whose sentence is complete and restitution is paid; who has had their charges dismissed; who has received a not guilty verdict; or who was arrested for a criminal offense and no charges were filed, may have their record sealed by the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(A).

Ineligible Category or Citation

For a list of other ineligible persons, see Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(A).

Procedure General

The person must file a petition in the designated court location as set forth in ARS 13-911(C). 

Fees

The petitioner may be charged a fee by the department of public safety for preparing his report to the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(H).

Effect

The court will order the sealing of all records relating to the person’s arrest, conviction, and sentence. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(I). Once the order is granted, with exceptions, the petitioner may be able to state on employment, housing, and financial aid or loan applications that they have never been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of the crime that is the subject of the arrest or conviction. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(I)(5).

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