Overview Description

A record relating to juvenile court proceedings can be expunged. Ind. Code Ann. § 31-39-8-2(a).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed with the juvenile court in the county of the original action. The court can review several enumerated factors when considering whether to grant the expungement petition. For the specific procedure, see Ind. Code Ann. § 31-39-8-3.


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


Expunged records are considered destroyed. Nevertheless, they are maintained by the court on a secure database that does not enable the identification of the offender to the public or another person not having legal or statutory authority to access the records. These records can be used only for statistical analysis, research, and financial auditing purposes. Ind. Code Ann.§ 31-39-8-6.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed at any time.


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