Overview Description

Records related to certain misdemeanors and lesser offenses charged in family court that were discharged after completion of probation before judgment can be expunged by the State Bureau of Identification if the petitioner has not been convicted of any crime since the discharge. 10 Del. C. § 1025(d).

See 10 Del. C. § 922 for the Family Court's jurisdiction.

Ineligible Category or Citation

See section 1025(d)(2) for offenses ineligible for mandatory expungement. See section 1024 of this title for eligibility for the first offender domestic violence diversion program.

Procedure General

An application must be filed with the State Bureau of Investigation, and must include a copy of state criminal history. For the specific procedure, see 10 Del. C. § 1025.

Fees

The State Bureau of Investigation is empowered to set reasonable fees. 10 Del. C. 1025(d)(4).

Effect

The person need not disclose the arrest for any reason. 10 Del. C. § 1027(e). In response to inquiries from anyone other than a law enforcement officer, courts and police agencies will reply that there is no record. 10 Del. C. §§ 1025(e)(5), 1027.

Forms

A list of forms regarding expungement in Delaware can be found here. http://courts.delaware.gov/forms/list.aspx?sec=Forms&ag=All%20Courts&sub=Expungement%20of%20Criminal%20Records

Waiting Periods

There is no statutory language regarding a waiting period.

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