Overview Description

The record of a criminal case can be expunged by the court 180 days after acquittal or dismissal. Iowa Code § 901C.2(2)(a)(1).

Ineligible Category or Citation

All public offenses defined under section 692.1 are eligible for expungement. Iowa Code § 901C.2(5). Records relating to arrests dismissed pursuant to a deferred judgment under section 907.9 are not eligible for expungement under this section. Iowa Code § 901C.2(4)

Procedure General

A motion can be filed by the defendant or prosecutor in the court, or the court can independently enter an order expunging the court record. Iowa Code § 901C.2(2)(a). For the specific procedure see Iowa Code § 901C.2.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding a fee for expungement. All legal financial obligations must have been met. Iowa Code § 901C.2(2)(a)(2).

Effect

Court records of the case are confidential and exempt from public access. Iowa Code §§ 901C.2(b)(3), 907.1.

Waiting Periods

The application can be filed 180 days after acquittal or dismissal.

 

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