Overview Description

Records relating to an arrest occurring before October 1, 2007, for which no charges are filed can be expunged by the law enforcement agency. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-103.

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

A written petition must be submitted to the law enforcement agency within eight years after the date of the incident. If the request is denied by the law enforcement agency, a petition for expungement can be filed in the district court that has proper venue. For the specific procedure, see Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-103 et seq.


No fees or costs can be required. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-103(g).


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

Waiting Periods

The petition must be submitted within eight years of the date of the incident.

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