Overview Description

Records relating to a first offender conviction of a nonviolent offense, for which a full and unconditional pardon has been granted, can be expunged by the court 10 years after the pardon is granted. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(8), (c)(4).

Ineligible Category or Citation

Crimes of violence. Md. Crim. Proc. Code Ann. § 10-105(a)(8)

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court in which the proceeding began or the court to which it was transferred, if applicable. The court can grant a petition for expungement at any time on a showing of good cause. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(c)(8). For the specific procedure, see Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105 et seq.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding a fee.

Effect

The records are removed from public inspection. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-101(d), (e).

Forms

For information regarding expunging a criminal record in Maryland, visit this site.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed 10 years after the pardon is granted.

 

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