Overview Description

Records relating to one felony conviction committed before age 21 may be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(2)(b).
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Ineligible Category or Citation

Crimes of violence defined by section 97-3-2 and any felony that, in the determination of the circuit court, is related to the distribution of a controlled substance and in the court's discretion should not be expunged are ineligible for expungement under this section. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(2)(b). Offenses related to official duties incurred while petitioner was a public official are ineligible for expungement. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(5).

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court where the conviction occurred, with notice to the district attorney. For the specific procedure, see Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71.

Fees

There is a $150 filing fee per petition filed. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-72.

Effect

The person is restored, in the contemplation of the law, to pre-arrest status, with certain exceptions. An employer can ask a prospective employee if they have had a record expunged. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(3).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed five years after sentence completion.

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