Overview Description

Records relating to a criminal offense that is dismissed without prejudice can be expunged by the court after five years. KRS § 431.076(2).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language on ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the district or circuit court in which the charges were filed. For specific procedure, see KRS § 431.076.


There is no statutory language on fees.


Proceedings regarding the charges are deemed never to have occurred. Official state-performed background check indicates that the records do not exist. Court and other agencies reply to any inquiry that no record exists. The petitioner need not disclose the fact of the record on an application for employment, credit, or other type of application. KRS § 431.076(6).

Court orders expungement of records from agencies. KRS § 431.076(4), (5).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed five years after dismissal without prejudice.

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