Records of a delinquency matter can be sealed after the child's 17th birthday, so long as the court finds that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).
Ineligible Category or Citation
There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.
There is no statutory language regarding procedure.
There is no statutory language regarding fees.
The sealing order will cause the official court file and all peace officers' records to be stored in a sealed envelope within the case file, or in a sealed envelope or other container apart from the case file. Sealed records stored within the file will be removed prior to inspection of the case file by non-court personnel. A court order will be required to open sealed records. Supreme Court Operating Rules 4.25
The sealing order will cause the destruction of all social histories, records, and information other than the official court file and peace officers' records. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).
The petition can be filed any time after the child's 17th birthday.